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THE SUNDERLAND SITE - PAGE 123

SHIPS BUILT AT SUNDERLAND IN THE 1850s

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VESSELS BUILT AT SUNDERLAND

1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1858, 1859.

1850 (data so far has been mainly built up from elsewhere in the site. Can you provide a list? Just a start.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1 Aberaman (a barque)

405/454

Austin & Mills

Pegg & Co. of London for service from Sunderland to Singapore

 

2 Achilles (a barque)

407

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Watson & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Quebec, Canada, soon Sunderland to the Mediterranean.

 

3 Agenoria (a barque) 1

300/324

George Barker Note

G. Gray. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists George Gray of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner. With G. Stanton the vessel's captain.

13934

4 Akbar (a snow)

255/264

Lightfoot

Jas. Hay of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Algiers 

 

5 Alcides (a barque)

296/325

L. Gales

J. Gales of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Barcelona, Spain.

 

6 Alfred (a barque)

367/405

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Hankey & Co. of London for service ex London. Hill, Parker & Co.

 

7

Alice (a snow)

180

William Harkass, of North Sand

Huntley of Sunderland 

 

8

Amelia Thompson (a barque)

350/385

Haswell

Thompson of Lynn for service from Liverpool to Califirnia.

 

9 Ann Mitchell (a ship)

681/756

An unknown Southwick builder

J. Mitchell of Glasgow, for service to Bombay, India, initially from London & later from Liverpool. On Jan. 31, 1860, per line 52 here, the 679 ton ship sank at Arklow Bank, a shallow sandbank in the Irish Sea, off Arklow, Ireland, while en route from Liverpool to Bombay. Crew of 18 - none lost. Then owned by John Mitchell. There was fog at the time & high seas, I read. Ruby, a Bristol steamer, attempted a rescue but were not successful. As did some fishing smacks. The Arklow lifeboat succeeded in saving 9 of the crew as you can read here - C. Have seen no reference to how the other 9 crew members were saved.

23093

10 Ann & Elizabeth (a schooner)

88

William Harkass

Todd & Co. of North Shields  for service as a Sunderland coaster.

 

11 Ann & Sarah (a snow)

167

William Harkass

T. Cooper of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean.

 

12 Arnon (a snow)

318/338

Tiffin

Fowler & Co. of Scarborough for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Later (1870) Henry Fowler & (1880) John Knaggs

23429

13 Ashley (a brig)

242

W. & J. Pile

Pippet & Co. of Shields for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Maybe Pippett

25360

14 Augusta (a snow)

306

Hodgson & Gardener

J. Wilson of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland.

 

15 Avon (a barque)

362/408

Geo. Worthy

H. Moon of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland.

 

16 Bessie (a snow)

185

W. Pile

Squires & Co. of the Isle of Wight for service from Sunderland to the Isle of Wight.

 

17 Branscombe (a barque)

412/481

John Robinson

The vessel was initially owned by Stuckey & Co. of Bridgwater, Somerset, for service from Sunderland to Calcutta, India. In 1856/57, A. Stoddart of Liverpool (later stated to be of Bridgwater) became the vessel's owner for service ex Liverpool, later from Liverpool to South America. On Aug. 13, 1860, per line 259 here, the 481 ton square was lost at Agincourt (NE of Formosa, now Taiwan) in the China Sea while en route from Woosung (Shanghai) to Manila. It would seem that none of the 14 man crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by Robert Owen. Y

24112

18 Briton (a barque)

344/358

Peter Austin

Stevens of Wisbech for service from Sunderland to Singapore.

 

19 Briton's Pride (a barque)

345

R. & W. Hutchinson

Hutchinson of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean.

 

20 Calder (a barque)

366/410

W. Chilton

T. Clay of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to China.

 

21 Cambodia (a ship)

914

Arrow Leithead

John Hay of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Calcutta, soon London to Port Philip, Melbourne, Australia.

 

22 Capital (a snow)

260/284

Ralph Hutchinson

J. Parkin of Hartlepool for service from Sunderland to the Baltic.

 

23 Cashmere (a ship)

574/640

W. Pile

J. Hay of Sunderland became C. Talbot of London for service ex London.

 

24

Cassandra (a schooner)

224
later
209

Booth & Blacklock

Have not researched this vessel yet. It would seem to have been initially owned by J. Johnson of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean or to the Baltic. It was owned in 1867 by John Fleming of Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland. In researching other vessels, I came across the fact that this vessel was owned, at least late in its life, certainly in 1870 (on page 62), by I. Whitfield, which means Isaac Whitfield, of Bishopwearmouth. 89.0 ft. long, signal letters HRGS. The vessel was, apparently, lost in 1878. As per this extract from page 3 of this wreck report, Isaac Whitfield, by 1885, had owned in whole or greater part 11 vessels. Nine of such vessels had been lost. Some of them would appear to have been over insured. Who says that history is uninteresting!

2952

25 Chevalier (a snow)

231

W. H. Pearson

Scurfield of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean

 

26 Clarinda (a snow)

281

Hodgson & Gardner

J. Douglas - M. Gallon in 1856

26236

27 Claro (a barque)

348/401

William R. Abbay

W. Abbay of Sunderland

 

28 Claudia (a snow)

251/250

Ratcliff, Spence & Co.

Crowl & Co. of South Shields for service from Sunderland to London

 

29 Cleopatra (a barque)

480/527

Ralph Hutchinson

J. Mitchell of Glasgow for service from Sunderland to the East Indies

 

30 Coldstream (a brig)

225/208
later
191

Booth & Blacklock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1866/67, owned throughout that entire period, per LR, by W. Kerrs (recorded as W. Kerss thru 1854/55), of Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being W. Kerss and R. S. Newton, both of Sunderland. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states William Kerss to be her then owner. So Kerss looks to have been correct. For service thru 1854/55 from Sunderland to Coruna, Spain, for service as a Sunderland coaster from 1855/56 thru 1862/63 & for service from Sunderland to Lisbon, Portugal, thereafter. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 77, image soon), however, lists Wm. Rerss as her then owner. LR of 1866/67 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 85.6 ft. long, signal letters NSTQ. I cannot tell you when & where the vessel was wrecked. Can you help with that? What I can tell you, a matter which inspired the webmaster to list the vessel in the first place, was that on Nov. 15, 1854 the vessel became stranded behind the N. pier at Sunderland, at the end of a voyage from Southampton to Sunderland with a cargo of pit props. With a crew of 8. The vessel stranded due to stress of weather & was much damaged in a collision with another (unnamed) stranded vessel. All as per item 1 on this page, ex here. Y

23727

31 Constantine (a barque)

427

W. Naisby

A vessel which had a very short life indeed, so short perhaps that it was never listed in Lloyd's Register. On Dec. 19, 1850, per line 469 here, the 427 ton barque stranded at Roquitas while en route from Alexandria, Egypt, to Liverpool with a cargo of cotton etc. I have not, so far, been able to figure out where 'Roquitas' is located. Do you know where it is? Crew of 16 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by George Thompson. Is there anything you can add? Y

 

32 Corcyra (a snow)

216

Stothard

Smirk & Co. of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland

 

33 Cornubia (a barque)

416/459
later
368

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1883/84 at least. Which is a puzzle - read on. Was initially owned by Ridley & Co. of London for service from London to Calcutta, India, later, also ex London, to New Zealand and to Hobart Town, Tasmania.  From 1861/62 the vessel became owned by T. Knox of Shields for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. 116.0 ft. long, signal letters KPWR. Registered at London, later at Shields. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records Thomas Knox of North Shields as her then owner. On Jun. 8, 1870, per line 229 here, the 368 ton barque was stranded at Whitehead, Nova Scotia, Canada, while en route from Motril (S. coast of Spain, almost due S. of Granada) to Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, in ballast. Crew of 11 - none lost. Then owned by Thomas Knox. The puzzle? The last link is to a list of 1870 shipwrecks of British ships. Did the vessel possibly survive the stranding at Whitehead? It continued to be LR registered for more than a decade, thru 1883/84 at least, owned throughout by T. Knox of Shields. It looks to me as though LR simply failed to remove the vessel from their records, after it was wrecked. Y

10797

34 Countess (a snow)

211

Thompsons

T. Green of Mistley for service from Sunderland to Mistley

 

35 Dahlia (a barque)

347

Alcock

Alcock & Co. of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland

 

36 Defender (a snow, later a brig)

264/280
later
253

W. Carr

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70. Was initially owned by Frost & Co. of Sunderland, thru 1856/57, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises that W. Richardson, T. Stamper & J. Frost, all of Sunderland, were her then owners. In 1857/58, per LR, Sheraton of Sunderland became the vessel's owner, initially for service from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany, but later for many years as a Sunderland coaster. Became of 253 tons in 1859/60. No owner name is recorded in LR after 1867/68. In 1867, however, the Mercantile Navy List reports George Sheraton, of Bishopwearmouth, as her then owner. The equivalent list of 1870 records John Bowey of Sunderland as her owner. 94.0 ft. long. On Mar. 19, 1872, per line 2343 here, the 253 ton brig was stranded at Goodwin (Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent), while en route from Sunderland to Dieppe, France, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 8 - none lost. Then owned by John Bowey. Anything you can add? Y

16269

37 Dorothy Alice (a snow)

228

Sykes & Co.

Tulley & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Baltic.

 

38 Electra (a barque)

304/335

W. H. Pearson

Reid & Co. of London for service to the West India ex Sunderland  & London.

 

39 Elizabeth Nicholson (a snow, later a brig)

248/258
later
238

Sykes & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1869/70, owned for her entire lifetime by the Nicholson family of Shields. For varied service which included to the Mediterranean, to North America, to Syra, Greece, to Spain, to Hamburg & the Baltic, mainly ex Shields & Sunderland but also ex Waterford, Ireland, Swansea & ex the Clyde. 91.5 ft. long, signal letters MHFR. Registered at South Shields. Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises that J. H. Nicholson of S. Shields & W. Briggs of Sunderland were her then owners. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies James H. Nicholson & William Briggs. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records James H. Nicholson of South Shields as her then owner. LR of 1869/70 notes 'wrecked'. On Jan. 14, 1870, per line 19 here, the 236 ton brig foundered at Withernsea, Yorkshire (N. of Humber River), while en route from Shields to Le Havre, France, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 7 - none lost. Then owned by Jas. H. Nicholson. Y

17576

40 Emma (a brig) 1 Note

283
later 260 & 249

Austin & Mills

T. Wood of Sunderland, from 1863/64 Bell & Co., from 1867/68 Dodds & Co., both of Blyth, from 1875 & in 1876/77 J. Wright of North Shields, 1878/79 thru 1880/81 (last in Lloyd's Register) Dent & Co. of Blyth however per Mercantile Navy List of 1880 (p.267) The Phoenix Shipping Co. Ltd., also of Blyth, was the vessel's owner. In Jul. 1880, while enroute from Lisbon, Portugal, to Vlardingen, near Rotterdam, Captain C. Grout in command, Emma was wrecked on the Goree Bar at Helvoet, near Hook of Holland. 

7340

41 Emma (a snow)

220/248

W. Robinson

W. Harper of Shields

? 26827

42 Emma Tully (a barque)

345/380

Haswell

The vessel was initially owned by C. Tully of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to India, later to Cape of Good Hope. That later routing continued with Bennett & Co. of London from 1855/56. In 1858/59 E. Roberts of London became the vessel's owner for service ex Liverpool. On Aug. 9, 1860, per line 255 here, the 380 ton barque was wrecked at Hat Key Reef, Belize, while en route, in ballast, from Rio de Janeiro to Belize. It would seem that none of the 13 man crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by William Avery. Y

12861

43 Felton Park

340/378

W. Naisby

W. Elliott - Wm. & Wm. Elliott, jun. & G. Armstrong, Sarah Fleming & Co. in 1856

14580

44 Gift (a barque)

358

R. Y. Watson

So far as I can see, this vessel was never listed in Lloyd's Register. It had a very short life. On Jul. 16, 1850, per line 262 on this page, the 358 ton barque was wrecked at Newfoundland, while en route from Montreal, Canada, to Liverpool with a cargo of grain. Crew of 14 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by William Gray. This reference in 'Sailor's Journal & Naval Journal' (a 'Google' book) of Oct. 1850 tells us that the vessel was lost near Portland Creek, on the W. coast of  Newfoundland. Is there anything you can add to this brief record? Y

 

45 Graham (a barque) Note

545/668

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel's initial owner was E. Graham of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to the East Indies. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists E, Graham of Gateshead, as the vessel's then owner. With J. H. Henderson the vessel's captain. Per Christie's Shipping Register of 1858, the vessel was then owned by Edmund Graham of Gatehead.

482

46 Gratitude (a barque)

338/351
later
323

R. H. Potts & Bros.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1865/66, owned throughout that entire period by Potts Bros. of Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel's then owners as being R. H., L. H. & C. H. Potts, all of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Robert H., Lipton H., & Chas. H. Potts. Always for service ex Sunderland, initially to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), from 1851/52 thru 1854/55 to India, from 1855/56 thru 1858/59 to the Mediterranean & from 1861/62 to France. The vessel became of 323 tons in 1861/62. 102.5 ft. long. LR of 1865/66 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. The vessel is listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1864 but not in the equivalent list of 1867. This newspaper article advises that the vessel was lost on the Aggerstrand (NW coast of Denmark near Thisted) on Aug. 28, 1865. Shilbo, her Captain, lost his life as did many of her crew - only the mate & one man survived. Can you tell us exactly what happened and/or add anything additional? Y

11799

47 Hannah

224

George Barker Note

M. Stainton

10189

48 Harold

326/363

W. Taylor & Son

Pow & Co. - R. Pow, J. & M. Fawcus & G. Davison in 1856 

34910

49 Harley

228

Unknown to webmaster

J. Harley - E. Blackett in 1856

21024

50 Helen Lindsay (a barque)

450/544
later
499

J. Rogerson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1860/61 & not thereafter. Was always registered at London. The vessel was initially owned, thru 1853/54, by Lindsay of London - W. S. Lindsay then just Lindsay - possibly for service from Sunderland to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, but more certainly for service from London to China. From 1854/55 thru 1857/58, the vessel was, per LR, owned by H. Brown of London for continued service to China ex London. In 1858/59, Bonus & Co., also of London, became the vessel's owner for service from Liverpool to India & from 1859/60 ex London. I have not read what happened to the vessel. But it is possible that its loss may relate to its encountering a hurricane in the Indian Ocean, at about 18S/62E, probably in late Mar. 1860, as a result of which the vessel was damaged. As per this reference in a rather obscure 'Google' book. Can you tell us more? Y

13569

51 Hempsyke

567/663

Peter Austin

Allan & Ss.

 

52 Hendon (a snow)

216
later
203

W. Reed

The vessel's initial owner was Walker & Son, of Sunderland, for Sunderland to London service. Smurthwaite, also of Sunderland, became the vessel's owner in 1854/55, for the same service. From 1859/60, J. Crossby of Sunderland was her owner - a Sunderland coaster. On Oct. 4, 1860, per line 338 here, the 203 ton snow was lost at Geestemünde, (i.e. Bremerhaven, Germany) while en route from Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) to London with a cargo of oats. 6 of the 8 crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by William Richardson. Y

2626

53 Hope

246/250

William Doxford & W. Crown

Blakey & - J. Dowthwaite in 1856

12722

54 Isabella & Dorothy (a snow, later a brig)

292/306
later
277

Simpson & Short

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1861/62. Owned, thru 1855/56, by E. Oliver of North Shields, for service from Shields to Barcelona, Spain, & from 1854/55 for service from Bristol to Havana, Cuba. From 1856/57 thru 1860/61, the vessel, now of 277 tons, was owned by Watson & Co. of Newcastle for service from Newcastle to Algiers, Algeria, & from 1859/60 for service from Newcastle to the Mediterranean. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records R. Watson, G. Arnott & J. Ridley Watson, all of Newcastle, & James Morton, Jun., Thos Forster & J. P. Morton, all of Howdon, as the then owners of the Newcastle registered vessel. During such period of 'Watson' ownership, G. Arnott is LR listed as being the vessel's captain. In 1861/62, per LR, G. Arnott of Newcastle became the vessel's owner - while still serving as her captain. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Feb. 1, 1862, per line 2097 here, the 277 ton brig stranded near Larnaca (S. coast of Cyprus), while en route from Beyrout (Beirut, Lebanon) to Limasol (Limassol, S. coast of Cyprus) in ballast. Crew of 9 - none lost. The vessel was then owned by George Arnott. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened, or otherwise add anything? Y

2080

55 Janes

198

Booth & Blacklock

Speeding - J. Mills, W. Robinson, J. Dobson, J. Robinson & J. Stewart in 1856

25032

56

Jane Strong (a barque)

325/357
later
357

Wm. Harkass

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only from 1850/51 thru 1852/53. Owned for that brief period, per LR, by Strong & Co. of Shields. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. On Oct. 13, 1851, per line 1022 here, (image soon) the 357 ton barque was lost, near Talcahuano (central Chile), while en route from Iquique (northern Chile), to England. Crew of 14 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Anthony Strong. Can you tell us about the detail circumstances of her loss? Y

 

57

Janet Willis (a ship)

572/666
later
572

John Smith

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1864/65. Owned for that entire period, per LR, by J. Willis of London. Which means John Willis & Co. J. Willis served as the vessel's captain thru 1853/54. For service from Sunderland to Bombay (now Mumbai), India (in the 1851/64 period), ex London, & (in the 1859/65 period) for service from London to India. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. 129.0 ft. long. On Mar. 1, 1862, per line 2981 here, the 572 ton ship went missing, while en route from Calcutta (now Kolkata), India to Hamburg, Germany, with a cargo of produce. No crew data is provided. Vessel then stated to be owned by John Willis. There is greater detail here about John Willis & Co., & John Willis (1817/1899), known as 'White Hat Willis', re an earlier vessel of the name, a barque built in Sunderland in 1835. Willis & Co. apparently owned Cutty Sark for a great many years. Can you tell us anything more - the circumstances of the ship's loss, perhaps? Y

32728

58 John Bunyan (a barque)

293/318

William R. Abbay

Black & Co. of Sunderland

 

59 John & Mary

388/406

Bartram & Lister

John Patton

 

60 Jubilee (a snow)

202
later
188

J. Rogerson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1859/60 & not thereafter. It was owned for that entire period by Gilbert of Guernsey, Channel Islands, with, per LR, J. Stribley her sole captain. For service from Sunderland to Guernsey. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel & when?

14866

61 Julia

220

Peter Austin

Unknown to webmaster

 

62 Katharine Sharer (a barque)

440/512

J. Barkes

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1855/56 & not thereafter. Owned for that entire period by Sharer & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Valparaiso, Chile, & from 1853/54, from London to China. It would seem, however, that by early 1855, the vessel was owned by Wilson of Wapping, London. 120.0 ft. long. On Feb. 23, 1855, the vessel left Gravesend, Kent, for Hobart Town, Tasmania, Captain Thorn in command, with 27 passengers and a general cargo which included 10 (maybe 9) tons of powder i.e. gunpowder & (I have read), 40 tons of lucifer matches. On the afternoon of Jun. 6, 1855, the vessel anchored in the bay at the approaches to Hobart river. At 11 p.m. that evening the vessel was found to be on fire. Which fire rapidly got stronger despite efforts to contain it. It quickly became clear that the vessel was doomed. All aboard left the ship in three boats & were at a safe distance away, maybe even ashore, when there was a giant explosion as the gunpowder blew - at 4 in the morning on the 7th. I read that what must have been a giant piece of the mast, 200 cwt in weight (22,400 pounds) was blown a distance of about a mile & landed deep in the bush. News of the catastrophe, amazingly, did not reach Hobart Town for many days - until Jun. 11, 1855. Annie, a schooner, took the passengers to Hobart while Mimosa took the crew & some salvage. It was suspected that the fire had been deliberately set. But investigations into the matter were not successful & no charges were laid. A contemporary news article is here, an article which misspelled the vessel's name - a common occurrence with this vessel, it would appear. Extensive data. The wreck was sold to F. A. Downing for £300. It was essentially rediscovered in 1929. Y

 

63 Kitty (a barque) 1 (ex 2), 3, 4 (low on page), 5, 6 (a page devoted to the vessel's history).

380/420
later
384

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel was owned, for its entire brief, 10 year, lifetime, by Brooks & Co. of Newcastle, initially for service ex Sunderland but soon for Valparaiso, Chile, ex Newcastle & the Clyde. Which became Newcastle to the Mediterranean & then service ex London. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists J. C. Brooks, & John & Edward Nelson, all of Carville, as the vessel's then owners. With W. Naughter the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 states that her then owners were J. C. Brooks and J. and E. Nelson, both of Carville it would seem (see following entry re Knight), while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states John C. Brooks of Wallsend, and Jno. & Edward Nelson of Carrville. On Aug. 27, 1860, per line 274 here, the 384 ton barque was lost in Hudson's Bay, Canada, while en route from London to Hudson's Bay with a general cargo. All 16 crew lost their lives. The vessel was then owned by John C. Brooks. It is clear, however, that the true story of what happened is quite different. The vessel had been en route to York Factory (Manitoba) from England carrying a year’s supply of goods for that Hudson's Bay Company ('HBay') post, chartered by HBay for that purpose. Link 1 at left is the account of the Chief Mate of the vessel, name of Armstrong. He and 4 others survived the total ordeal, while Alexander Ellis, the captain & 10 others were lost. On Sep. 5, 1859, the vessel had to be abandoned, lying on its side & full of water, severely damaged by ice. At 68.58N/61.48W, I read. Can that location be correct? It would seem to be too far to the north for a voyage to York Factory, located on the western coast of Hudson's Bay. Much hardship resulted both for her crew & for those at York Factory. The entire crew safely made it to Saddle Back Island & they left there in two boats to seek help. The long boat with Captain Ellis & 10 crew members aboard, got separated & Armstrong never saw them again. That 'Ellis' party of 11, I read, landed on Akpatok Island, Ungava Bay, near the Hudson Strait, where they were initially hospitably received by the Esquimaux - 'but as food grew scarce, and the natives began to realize their helpless condition, they were all murdered one night while sleeping in their tents.' We know, thanks to Iain Turner, that William Scott, born about 1815 & a relative of Iain, was one of the 11 who were lost - from the orphanage records of William's son - ‘Father murdered by native Indians in the Davis Straits, from the wrecked Kitty of Newcastle in the fall of 1859’. Iain has long been seeking a Kitty crew list for that fateful voyage. Can you help him in locating one, should it exist? Y

1127

64 Laurel (a snow)

207

Peter Austin

A vessel which had a very short life indeed. It is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1850/51 only, both owned & captained by 'Cooper' of Wisbech. For service from Sunderland to Stettin (Szczecin, Poland, on the Baltic). On Nov. 30, 1850, per line 448 here, the 207 ton snow was stranded off Majorca (island of Mallorca, Spanish, Balearic Islands, Mediterranean), while en route from Leghorn (Livorno, Italy) to Liverpool. Crew of 8 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned not by Cooper but rather by Wm. Stevens. Is there anything you can add? Y

 

65 Luna (a snow)

229
later
206

Buchanan and Gibson

Per this newspaper article, Luna was launched, at Ayres Quay, on Jul. 9, 1850. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70 at least. It is not listed in LR of 1871/72. The vessel was owned throughout by Carr & Co. of Sunderland (from 1860/61 J. Carr), for service always ex Sunderland. To the Baltic from 1851/52 thru 1853/54 & from 1860/61 thru 1869/70, & to London from 1854/55 thru 1859/60. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being J. Carr & R. Newton, both of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning James Carr & Robert Newton. Note that R. Newton was, per LR, the vessel's captain thru 1859/60. The vessel became of 206 tons in 1860/61. 88.5 ft. long. The vessel is listed in the Merchant Navy List of 1864 but is not listed in the equivalent list of 1867. A site visitor advises (thanks!) that he has read elsewhere that the vessel was abandoned, on Dec. 4, 1863, in a gale off the Outer Dowsing (a shoal located about 50 miles off the mouth of the Humber), while en route from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal. Was there any loss of life? Can you i) provide contemporary data that confirms the loss as above, ii) tell us more about her abandonment or iii) otherwise add anything? Y

22283

66 Margaret Macdonald (a schooner, later a brig)

130
later
118

W. Worthy

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 (may also be in 1851/52, the necessary page being missing from the electronic LR copy available to the webmaster) thru 1869/70, then a gap of 4 years, & from 1874/75 thru 1876/77. The vessel, initially a schooner but from 1857/58 a brig, was owned thru 1865/66 by A. Macdonald of Sunderland, as is confirmed by Turnbull's Register of 1856.& by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (Alexander Macdonald). For service under Macdonald ownership, thru 1856/57 from Sunderland to the Baltic, in 1857/58 & 1858/59 for service from Cardiff, Wales, to the Baltic, & for service as a Sunderland coaster thereafter. No owner name is listed in LRs of 1866/67 thru 1869/70 which suggests that the vessel may well have been sold. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1867 (page 245, image soon), 1870 & 1875 all record John Raine of North Hylton, Durham, as the then owner of the 118 ton vessel. LR of 1874/75 reports that the brig of 118 tons & 73.0 ft. long, was owned by J. Raine of Sunderland. LR of 1875/76 is not available to the webmaster. LR of 1876/77 lists H. Bloomfield, also of Sunderland, as the brig's then owner & also notes that the vessel was 'Missing'. The Bloomfield ownership is confirmed (Henry Bloomfield) by MNL of 1876. 71.5 ft. long, later 73.0 ft., signal letters JSMN. On Apl. 13, 1876, the vessel left Sunderland for Treport (NE of Dieppe, France) with a cargo of about 200 tons of coal & a crew of 5. The vessel was never heard from again. Then owned by H. Bloomfield of Sunderland. All as per item 330 here. Is there anything you can add? Y

7329

  Marion (a snow) - see here

216/235

J. Rogerson

The vessel was initially owned by W. Moore of Sunderland.

11886

67 Mary Eleanor (a snow, later a brig)

227/230
later
282

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1869/70, & not thereafter. It was owned thru 1855/56, per LR, by 'Haddock' of Sunderland, initially for service from Sunderland to the Baltic & thereafter for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. The vessel would seem to have been London registered from 1854 at least. In 1856/57, per LR, T. Hopper of London became the vessel's owner, thru 1869/70. For service initially from London to the Mediterranean, but from 1859/60 for service ex London with no ports of destination indicated. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 & 1870, both list Thos. D. Hopper, of London, as the owner of the 282 ton vessel. 84.5 ft. long, signal letters JVCF. On Dec. 9, 1872, per line 3157 here, the 282 ton brig foundered in the North Sea, while en route from the Tyne to London. Crew of 7 - none lost. Then owned by J. Chapman & T. C. Jordeson. A rather scanty description, alas, of what happened to her. Can you add anything? Y

7698

68 Mary Louisa

340/360

Unknown to webmaster

G. Avery - also in 1856

24918

69 Meanwell

316/330

Unknown to webmaster

Kelso & C. - J. Wheatley in 1856

 

70 Mercia (a ship)

567

James Laing

The webmaster has not researched this vessel, which was, however, owned by Prowse & Co. of Liverpool & intended for service from Sunderland to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. On Feb. 26, 1854, Mercia was one of many ships engaged by the British Government for service as transport ships re the Crimean War. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that J. Prowse was in 1854 the vessel's owner & that Mercia 'Conveyed artillery, gun-carriages, and horses to Constantinople and Varna ; afterwards employed on various services in the Black Sea, until wrecked off the Katcha, 14 November 1854.' It would seem that she was driven ashore in a hurricane as were many other fleet vessels. Varna is in Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast. Katcha, now Kacha, is also on the Black Sea coast a little to the N. of Sevastapol. Is there anything you can add?

 

71

Miaza (a snow, later a brig)

209
later
195

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1869/70, & not thereafter. It was owned thru 1862/63, per LR, by 'Milburns' of Sunderland, thru 1854/55 for service from Sunderland to Southampton, then, from 1855/56 thru 1858/59 for service from Sunderland to the Baltic, & thereafter ex Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records her then owners as being R. Milburn of Sunderland & R. Robinson, sen., of Hunwick. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states her then owners to be Robert and Robert, Jun. Milburn of Sunderland & Robert Robinson, Sen., of Hunwick. In 1862/63, the vessel became of 195 tons, owned by C. Young of Seaham, Durham, for service ex Sunderland. LR records G. Milburn as the vessel's captain for the full period of LR listing, i.e. from 1850/51 thru 1869/70. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 267) & 1870, however, both list Robert Thorman, of Seaham, as the owner of the 196 ton vessel. 84.0 ft. long, signal letters HPNK. On Jan. 14, 1872, per line 2928 here, the 196 ton brig was stranded at Hasboro' (Hasborough Sands, near Cromer, Norfolk), while en route from London to Seaham in ballast. Crew of 6 - none lost. Then owned by Robert Thorman. Note that that last link incorrectly lists the vessel as built in 1856. The detail circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us or otherwise add anything? Y

2542

72 Nepaul (a barque)

405/455
later
430

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is first Lloyd's Register recorded in 1851/52, owned by Blair & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Calcutta (now Kolkata) India. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T. Blair, G. Spark & T. H. Woods, all of Sunderland, as her then owners, such owner names being clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning Thomas Blair, George Spark & Thomas Woods. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists the vessel as then owned by Wm. L. Hall, of Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland. Lloyd's Register of 1869/70 records the vessel as 'wrecked'. Then owned by W. H. Hall of Sunderland. 115.3 ft. long, signal letters PKST. Can you tell us more? Y

26263

73 Nepaulese Ambassador (a barque)

345/375
later
352

Stothard

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1861/62. It was initially owned by Blair & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. In 1852/53, per LR, Smirke & Co., also of Sunderland, became the vessel's owner, thru 1855/56, for continued service from Sunderland to Calcutta. It would appear that in Jun. 1853 the vessel left Calcutta for the Red River Colony at Fremantle/ Perth in Western Australia under the command of captain Jackson. It there loaded a cargo of timber in early Dec. 1853 for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, & arrived there on Dec. 23, 1853 with a few cabin passengers & 33 in steerage. It left Melbourne for Swan River in Feb. 1854 with a cargo of flour. On Jul. 13, 1854 the vessel arrived at Adelaide ex Swan River. There may well be additional references to the vessel at Trove, Australia. In 1856/57, per LR, the vessel became owned by White & Co., of Shields, for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being G. & J. White & J. Smith of South Shields, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states George White & John Smith, both of South Shields. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. On Dec. 27, 1861, per line 1549 here, the 352 ton barque was wrecked in the Co. of Thessaly, (County? of Thessaly, NE Greece), while en route from Syra to Salonica, both Greece, in ballast. Crew of 12 - 11 lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by George White. Can you tell us more about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

26234

74 Nina (a snow, later a brig)

292/278
later
260

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1865/66 & not thereafter. Owned thru 1854/55 by Thompson of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Boston, U.S.A.. In 1855/56, Brown & Co. of Stockton, became the vessel's owner for service from London to the Crimea, soon Stockton to the Mediterranean. During the period of Brown & Co. ownership, A. Brown was her captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being T. Brown, sen., M. Hodgson, and A. Unthank of Staiths, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Thomas Brown, Sen., Margaret Hodgson & Ann Unthank. In 1861/62, W. Potts of Whitby became the owner of the now 260 ton snow, for service ex Liverpool. LR of 1865/66 records no owner name. Clearly the vessel was sold. 93.0 ft. long, signal letters HQTB. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel as then registered at Whitby & owned by George Wright of York. On Mar. 24, 1871, per line 1295 here, the 278 ton brig was stranded near Gluckstadt (Elbe river near Hamburg, Germany), while en route from Shields to Hamburg with a cargo of coal. Crew of 5 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by George Wright. That last link incorrectly lists the vessel as built in 1851. Y

2836

75 Ocean Breeze (a snow, later a brig)

298/301
later
275

William Doxford & W. Crown

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1864/65 & not thereafter. Owned thru 1862/63 by Brantingham of Sunderland, for initial service to the Mediterranean, & also, during those years, to Montreal, Canada, & to the Black Sea. Ex many ports - i.e. ex Sunderland, Liverpool, Swansea & Cardiff. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists George Brantingham of Sunderland as the vessel's then owner, as does Turnbull's Register of 1856. LR of 1863/64 & 1864/65 does not identify the then owner. 95.0 ft. long, signal letters PJFL. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel as then registered at Middlesbrough & owned by Elliott Baxter of Middelesbro', Yorkshire. On Apl. 17, 1870, per line 171 here, the 276 ton brig was stranded at Kaafjord, northern Norway (now Gáivuotna-Kåfjord, near Tromsø) while en route from Newcastle to Kaafjord with a cargo of coal. Crew of 9 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Elliot Baxter. Y

25972

76 Ocean Queen (a snow)

150
later
186

Unknown to webmaster

Some confusion as to her name - sometimes referred to as Ocean's Queen. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1857/58, initially owned by Lowes & Co. of Newcastle, which I suspect correctly should have read Lawes & Co. (E. Lawes was her captain) of Sunderland as LR reported in the following years. For service from London to the Mediterranean and then for many years ex Londonderry. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 however lists Thomas Minikin of Sunderland as her then owner while here advising, at page bottom, that the vessel had been lost. Y

15281

77 Pero

212

Unknown to webmaster

Pearce & -  S. W. (Wm.) Milburn & J. (John) Cole in 1856 & 1858

12901

78

Phoebe Dunbar

630/704

Unknown to webmaster

Duncan Dunbar

6073

79 Prospect

286/289

Bartram & Lister

R. Wright, maybe William & Robert Wright

 

80 Raven (a snow)

224
later
210

R. H. Potts & Bros.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1864/65. Per this newspaper article, the vessel was launched on Jul. 9, 1850. Was owned thru 1862/63 by Potts & Co. of Sunderland. For service, always ex Sunderland, to the Baltic in 1851/52, to London from 1852/53 thru 1854/55, to France from 1855/56 thru 1858/59, just ex Sunderland thereafter. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel's then owners as being J. Firth & R. H. Potts & Brothers, both of Sunderland. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies that J. Firth meant John Firth. In 1861/62 the vessel became of 210 tons. In 1862/63, R. Thrift of Blyth became the vessel's owner for service from Blyth to the Baltic. The Mercantile Navy List of 1864 advises that the vessel was then registered at Shields. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 88.0 ft. long. I cannot yet tell you where & when the vessel was wrecked. Can you tell us? Or otherwise add anything? Y

32922

81 Resolution (a barque)

324/339

James Hardie

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1862/63. The webmaster believes that this newspaper article, records the launch of the vessel on Jul. 8, 1850. Hopefully a site visitor will in due course confirm or deny that belief. The vessel was, per LR, initially owned by Clark & Co. of Newcastle, for service from Shields to Spain thru 1852/53 & from Shields to the Mediterranean in 1853/54 & 1854/55. In 1855/56, S. Gopcevich of Trieste (then Austria now Italy), became the vessel's owner for service from Hull to the Mediterranean, thru 1859/60 at least. I say at least because the data available in the LR listings from 1860/61 thru 1862/63 is modest. 'S. Gopcevich' seems likely to mean Spiridione Gopcevich (1). I cannot tell you what finally happened to the vessel and when. Is it possible that you know the vessel's fate? If so, do consider being in touch with the webmaster. Y

 

82 Resolution (a barque)

368/419
later
390

Hylton Carr of North Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1865/66. The vessel was, per LR, initially owned by J. Rodham, of Sunderland, thru 1859/60, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean thru 1854/55 & for service ex London thereafter. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. Rodham of Hylton as her then owner, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (image soon) lists the vessel as then registered at Scarborough & owned by John Rodham of Scarborough. In 1860/61, the vessel became of 390 tons, & became owned, thru 1861/62 only, by Doxford of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland. In 1861/62, Nicholson Jun., also of Sunderland, became the vessel's owner for continued service ex Sunderland, for service from Swansea, Wales, to Madiera in 1863/64 & for service from Sunderland to Montreal, Canada, in both 1864/65 & 1865/66. The vessel is listed in the Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1860 & 1864, registered back at Sunderland. LR of 1865/66 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 110.0 ft. long. I cannot tell you what finally happened to the vessel and when. Can you tell us more? Y

12310

83 Robert

24

Peter Austin

For own account

 

84 Rockcliff (a barque)

660/779
later
660/770
later
688

Robert Thompson & Sons

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1870/71. Owned thru 1860/61 by E. Graham of Newcastle for service to India (Calcutta & Madras) ex various U.K. ports (Sunderland, Shields, & London). Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists E. Graham of Gateshead as her then owner, clarified in Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to be Edmund Graham then of Newcastle. From 1861/62, LR lists Simpson & Co. of London as her owner for service from Plymouth to India, ex London & from London to Australia. 146.0 ft. long, signal letters PBWD. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, records the vessel as then registered at London & owned by Thos. B. Spence of that city. LR of 1870/71 states 'foundered'. On Nov. 21, 1870, per line 545 here, the 688 ton barque foundered in the China Sea while en route from Bangkok to Hong Kong with a cargo of rice. Crew of 23 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by William Simpson. Y

24707

85 Rodney

877

Lainey?

Duncan Dunbar

6127

86 Royal Thistle

270/297

Unknown to webmaster

T. Sharer -  J. (John) S. Harper & J. (James) Reay in 1856 & 1858

9964

87 Sarah (a brig or snow)

281/314
later
291

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1862/63. It was, per LR, owned throughout that period by Barras & Co. of North Shields. Initially for service from Sunderland to North America, but from 1852/53 always for service ex Shields - to the Mediterranean (thru 1857/58) to France in 1858/59, to Lisbon, Portugal, in the 1859/1861 period & to the West Indies from 1861/62. The vessel became of 291 tons, per LR, in 1859/60. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. Barrass of Seghill, M. Barrass of Benton, & J. Barrass, jun., of West Cramlington, as the then owners of the 314 ton snow, which owner names are clarified in Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Jas. Barrass, Matthew Barrass (of Benton Square) & Jas. Barrass, jun. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Nov. 15, 1862, per line 2515 here, the 314 ton brig was abandoned on the Banks of Newfoundland while en route from Montreal, Canada, to Gloucester, Gloucestershire, with a cargo of timber. Crew of 13 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by James Barrass. Can you tell us more? Y

4982

88 Sarah Anne (a barque)

340/352

John Smith of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70 & not thereafter. It was, per LR, owned thru 1856/57 by Riddell of London for service from London to Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, to 1854/55 (at least) & in 1856/57 for service ex London. The vessel's voyages to Australia i) On Dec. 18, 1850 the vessel left Gravesend, London, for Launceston & on Jan 18, 1852 she finally left for London with 14,004 oz. of gold. In between she sailed to Adelaide & back, went to Adelaide & Melbourne & back before leaving for London. ii) On Nov 11, 1852 the vessel arrived at Launceston & on Feb. 13, 1853 left for London. iii) The vessel left London on Sep. 8, 1853 & arrived at Launceston on Dec. 9, 1853 after a passage of 91 days. She left for London on Mar. 24, 1854 with a cargo of wool. iv) The vessel left London in Sep. 1854 for Launceston & arrived there on Jan. 9, 1855. She later left Launceston for London on Mar. 19, 1855 & arrived back at London on Jul. 4, 1855. v) In Sep. 1855 she again left London for Launceston, left on her return voyage on May 4, 1856 with a cargo of wool & arrived back at Gravesend on Aug. 24, 1856. In 1857/58, per LR, Drager & Co. of London (Draeger & Co. from 1861/62) became the vessel's owner for service ex London & from London to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, from 1861/62. 104.0 ft. long, signal letters PCKF. I have not read what finally happened to the vessel. In that regard, the vessel was listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1864 but not that of 1867. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel & when? Y

24813

89 Star in the East (a barque)

308/314 became 287

Richard Wilkinson

T. Kish thru 1861/62 when became Anthony Cockerill, both of Sunderland. Last Lloyd's Register recorded 1869/70 (Cockerill) however the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records William Steel of Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, as the then owner

11534

90 Stephen Huntly, later Stephen Huntley (a snow, later a ship)

269/276
later
255

W. Carr

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1863/64. Always listed as Stephen Huntly. The vessel was owned throughout that entire period, per LR, by Huntly, of Sunderland, for initial service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, from 1855/56 for service from Sunderland to the Black Sea, from 1859/60 for service from Newport, Wales, to the Mediterranean & from 1861/62 for service ex Gloucester. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel as then owned by D. & J. B. Huntly, of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning Daniel & Jeptha B. Huntley. Even though not reflected in LR, it would seem that i) the family changed the spelling of its family name - from Huntly to Huntley, & ii) similarly had changed the vessel's name - from Stephen Huntly to Stephen Huntley. LR of 1861/62 first records the vessel as a ship. LR of 1863/64 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. 91.0 ft. long. On Dec. 4, 1862, per line 2875 here, the 255 ton ship named Stephem Huntley stranded on Sherringham Shoal (off Sheringham on the Norfolk coast). Crew of 12 - none lost. Then owned by Jeptha Ballantine Huntley. Detail as to the vessel's route & cargo is not there provided. Anything you can add? Y

12347

91 Successor

280

J. Candlish

Culliford of  Sunderland

 

92 Sultan (a snow)

247
later
222
later
223
later
230

Forrest & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1880/81. Owned thru 1855/56 by W. Burdes of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. The vessel became of 222 tons in 1856/57. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records the vessel as registered at Shields with G. Ward its then owner. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists the Shields registered vessel as owned by Gilbert Ward & Henry Shadforth, both of Blyth. LR of 1856/57 thru 1859/60 records 'Shadforth' as the vessel's then captain. LR however, lists the vessel from 1856/57 as owned by Watts & Co. of Blyth. Now Watts & Co. & related entities owned the vessel, per LR, thru 1880/81, i.e. Watts & Co. thru 1874/75 & Watts Milburn & Co. from 1876/77 at least, of North Shields in 1876/77 & of London thereafter. T. Watts is LR listed as the vessel's captain from part way thru 1861/62 thru part way thru 1866/67. The Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1867 (page 366, image soon) & 1870 list E. H. Watts, jun. of Blyth as the then owner of the Shields registered vessel, while the equivalent list of 1880 lists the vessel as registered at London & owned by Edmd. Hannah Watts of London. Under 'Watts' ownership the vessel served the Mediterranean ex Blyth thru 1859/60, served ex London in 1860/61, served the Baltic ex Blyth from 1861/62 thru 1866/67, served the Baltic ex Leith, Scotland, in 1867/68 & 1868/69, and served the Baltic ex Blyth again from 1869/70 thru 1872/73. It served as a London coaster in 1873/74. The vessel, per LR, became of 223 tons by 1876/77 & 230 tons in 1878/79. 98.0 ft. long, signal letters KTFM. LR of 1880/81 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel & when? Y

11573

93 Talavera

917

James Laing

Duncan Dunbar

 

94 Temperance Star (a snow)

141
later
146
later
126

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1871/72. Owned thru 1853/54 by N. Smirk of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to London. From 1854/55 thru 1871/72, LR lists W. Wright of Ipswich, Suffolk, as her owner for service ex Ipswich, as an Ipswich coaster, to the Baltic, &, in 1869/70, to Oporto, Portugal. From 1854/55 to 1863/64, W. Wright was the vessel's captain. In 1871/72, J. Blyth of Wivenhoe (NE Essex near Colchester) became her owner. 75.5 ft. long, signal letters PCRQ. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel as then registered at Ipswich & owned by William Wright. LR of 1871/72 states 'LOST'. On Dec. 3, 1871, per line 1693 here, the 126 ton snow stranded at Shuschegat (where is it, I wonder), while en route from Ipswich to Antwerp with a cargo of wheat. Crew of 7 - none lost. Vessel then owned by Joseph Blyth. Y

24896

95 Thomas Gowland (a snow)

229
later
210

J. Rogerson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1856/57 & not thereafter. Owned throughout, per LR, by 'Rodgers'n' of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being, however, W. O. Bradley, S. L. and A. Gordon, all of Sunderland. Note in that regard that LR lists S. Gordon as always the vessel's captain. The vessel was driven on shore at Yarmouth in early Jan. 1857 during what must have been an enormous storm. As per this newspaper cutting. When carrying a cargo of coal. It would seem likely that the vessel was, in fact, wrecked at that time. With no loss of life. Is there anything you can add? Y

24424

96 Trial (a brigantine) 1

119
later 112 & 113

G. W. & W. J. Hall of Monkwearmouth Shore

Thru 1858/59 Cox, thru 1860/61 J. Fell, both of Wisbeach, thru 1866/67 Saunders & Co. of Plymouth. The vessel is not recorded in Lloyd's Register after 1866/67, however the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 advises the then owner to be Thomas Jones Stevens of Plymouth. Gary Hicks advises (thanks!) that the vessel left Liverpool in early 1873 & was never heard from again. Maybe lost on Feb. 2, 1873.

23375

97 Troubadour

266

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Lumsden

11535

98 Truth (a schooner)

121/131 later 111

W. H. Pearson

Thru 1854/55 J. Lennox of Sunderland, thru 1857/58 J. Isabell & thru 1865/66 Esselley & Co., both of Fowey. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 states T. W. Beale of Fowey. Many years in which vessel is not recorded in Lloyd's Register but from 1874/75 thru 1885/86 owner was stated to be H. (Hen.) Waymouth of Plymouth

11463

99 Victoria

317/327

Unknown to webmaster

J. Donkin - still in 1856

5370

100 Vienna (a brig, later a snow)

225/209
later
191
later
192

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1850/51 thru 1869/70. It was initially owned by J. Hay of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to London. In 1852/53, per LR, Rutherford of Sunderland became the vessel's owner, thru to 1869/70, but note however that from 1857/58 Rutherford is stated to be rather of Seaham. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, ex Liverpool, in 1856/57 from Belfast, Ireland, to Llanelly, Wales, ex Sunderland to both London & to Archangel, Russia, & as a Sunderland coaster. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists C. Craig & T. H. Rutherford, of Seaham-harbour as her then owners, such owner names being  clarified in Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Charlton Craig & Thos. H. Rutherford. Note, however, that the Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1867 & 1870 list the Sunderland registered vessel as owned by Isaac Bedlington of Hartlepool. 87.5 ft. long. On Dec. 12, 1871, per line 2105 here, the 192 ton snow was involved in a collision and sank off Dudgeon (20 miles N. of Wells, Norfolk, I think), while en route from Hartlepool to Dover with a cargo of coal. Crew of 7 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Isaac Bedlington. The circumstances of her loss & the name of the vessel with which she collided have not yet come to hand. Anything you can add? Y

8186

101 Violet

203

John Smith of Pallion

Hutchinson of Sunderland

23737

102 Wentworth Beaumont

272

James Hardie

Clarke & Co.

633

103 William (a snow)

290
later
300
later
277

An unknown Hylton builder

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1867/68 & not thereafter. It was initially owned by Gordon Bros., of London, for service from Newport, Wales, to Africa, in 1855/56 for service ex London. The vessel became of 300 tons in 1856/57. From 1856/57 thru 1866/67, per LR, Broomhead of Scarborough, Yorkshire, owned the vessel, initially for service from Liverpool to the West Indies, but from 1859/60 for service ex London. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Edward Broomhead, R. Cross and others as her then owners. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 however, lists on page 413, Edwin Broomhead, of Scarborough as the vessel's then owner. No owner name is recorded in LR of 1867/68. The 1870 Mercantile Navy Lists has the vessel (on page 413), now registered at Sunderland, as then owned by Mrs. Mary Mason, of Sunderland. 95.0 ft. long, signal letters LPMG. On Nov. 12, 1872, per line 2688 here, the 277 ton snow stranded at Havaloerne (where is it?), while en route from Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) to London with a cargo of deals & iron. Crew of 8 - none lost. Vessel then owned by Mary Mason. The circumstances of the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Anything you can add? Y

14765

104 Wreath

296

James Laing

J. Laing

 

105 Zosteria 1

171

George Barker Note

'Good'rn' & Co., later T. C. Goodwin

26109

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1850? Do please advise me if you know. 'Where Ships Are Born' states 158 vessels & 50,000 tons. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states 158 vessels & 51,374 tons. Can you help correct the above list?

1851 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Abrota (a barque)

294/300

Buchanan & Gibson of Ayre's Quay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 to 1855/56 only, owned throughout that brief period by Briard & Co. of Jersey, Channel Islands. For service from Sunderland to Bordeaux, France, thru 1854/55 & from the Clyde to the West Indies in 1855/56. A site visitor advises that he has read that the vessel was wrecked on Jun. 5, 1855 while en route from Llanelly, Wales, to the island of Curaçao (Lesser Antilles, Caribbean). On the NE coast of Klein Curaçao (known in English as Little Curaçao), a small uninhabited island SE of the island of Curaçao. Is there anything you can add? Y

18366

2

Agra

650/714

Unknown to webmaster

J. Shepherd

24951

3

Ashmore

430/512

George Barker Note

Alcock & Co.

 

4 Barbaras (a snow, later a brig)

222/232
later
196

E. Brown

I have listed this vessel as Barbaras, despite the listing of the vessel, in Lloyd's Registers ('LR') of 1851/52 thru 1858/59, & not thereafter, as Barbara's. Why? Because The Merchant Navy List (insert 2104) records Barbaras, as do two published ship registers. LR states that the vessel was owned by T. Coltman of South Shields for service from Shields to Spain & from 1854/55 from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists B. Coltman, of South Shields, as the then owner of Barbaras. On Jun. 13, 1856, the vessel was offered for sale, at Newcastle, having just discharged wheat from Constantinople. From 1857/58, LR lists W. C. Allen of South Shields as her owner, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Wm. C. Allen & Thomas Winn, both of South Shields, as owners of the 196 ton brig. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel? She probably was lost in 1859. Y

2104

5 Bartley (a snow)

200/185

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel was owned, for its entire lifetime, by Light & Co. of Littlehampton, West Sussex, for service from Sunderland to Littlehampton. Light & Co. are recorded at Southampton in 1860/61 for service Sunderland to Southampton. On Sep. 12, 1860, per line 297 here, the 200 ton snow was stranded at Fårö Island (NE tip of Gotland Island) while en route from Norrkoping (eastern Sweden) to Windau (Ventspils, Latvia). It would seem that none of the 10 man crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by L. Light. Y

2868

6 Bosphorus (a barque)

350/395

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel was owned, for its entire if brief lifetime, by Newton & Co. of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, later to C'qmbo' (Coquimbo, Chile, I presume). On Sep. 14, 1860, per line 303 here, the 361 ton barque was stranded at Cape Hollanders (where is it? Likely in the Caribbean), while en route from Honduras to the U.K. with timber. It would seem that none of the 13 man crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by Matthew Newton. A puzzle perhaps is that the vessel continued to be Lloyd's Register recorded thru 1865/66. Y

14182

7

Bride (a barque)

470/554
later
517

W. Briggs, or maybe Wm Harkass

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1873/74, owned thru 1856/57, per LR, by Carter & Co., of London, for service ex London & from 1853/54 for service from London to Melbourne, Australia. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that John Temperley of London was in 1854 the vessel's owner, that Bride was chartered to provide services related to the Crimean War from Mar. 15, 1854, & particularly that Bride 'Conveyed commissariat stores to Constantinople, and since employed as a commissariat stores-ship at the Crimea'. It would appear, incidentally, that Carter & Temperley were business associates - there are references elsewhere in this site to Temperley, Carter & Drake, of London. From 1857/58, LR records Temperley & Co., of London, as the vessel's owner for service ex London & in 1859/1861, for service from London to Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). In the 1861/63 period, LR notes service from Sunderland to China, & in the period of 1863/66 service from London to New Zealand. LR from 1860/61 identifies the builder as bring W. Briggs - but I have read also that Wm Harkass had built the vessel. Can anybody resolve that matter? The vessel is listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 51, image soon) as bring of 517 tons & owned by John Temperley of London, but the vessel seems not to be recorded in the equivalent listing of 1870 (also on page 51). 126.5 ft. long, signal letters PLQV. Data as to what finally happened to the vessel is not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened to her & when? Or otherwise add anything? Y

26564

8

Britannia (a barque)

331/354

Booth & Blacklock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1856/57, owned for that entire period, per LR, by J. Twizell of North Shields, with, per LR, always a 'Twizell' as the vessel's captain - initially 'Twizell' & from 1852/53 'B. Twizell'. For initial service from Sunderland to Quebec, Canada, but from 1852/53 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. I have read, that the vessel was owned by John & J. S. Twizell of North Shields. 101.4 ft. long. It would appear, however, that from Jul. 14, 1853 to Jan. 14, 1854, and indeed for some time previously, W. Hawkins was the vessel's captain. Further that the vessel was chartered for a voyage from Cardiff to Alicante (Mediterranean coast of Spain), thence to Constantinople & the Black Sea. At Kertch (Ukraine, Crimea, Black Sea), the vessel took on a cargo, likely grain, & 'sailed homeward'. The vessel was last seen on Dec. 25, 1853 & in early Jan. 1854 (no exact date stated) the vessel was lost on the coast of Spain with all hands lost. Including, therefore, her captain W. Hawkins. The Hawkins estate sued in the Durham 1855 summer assizes for his salary as master & was partially at least successful in their claim. As you can read here ex here, a 'Google' book. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you add anything? I have read that the vessel was rather found dismasted & leaking while en route from Cadiz, Spain, to Quebec, Canada. Further that the vessel sank on Apl. 20, 1854 with the entire crew being rescued. We might best keep an open mind as to the vessel's loss until additional data is received. Y

 

9

Calumet (a snow)

208/195
later
177

Bartram & Lister

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. It would seem that the vessel was always registered at Sunderland. It was initially owned by T. Booth, of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean (& possibly initially for service from Sunderland to the Baltic). LR indicates that during such period of 'Booth' ownership, A. Booth was consistently the vessel's captain. I have previously noted in this spot that 'T. Booth' maybe relates to Andrew Booth & Bros. In 1856/57, per LR, J. French, of Seaham Harbour, became the vessel's owner for service from Sunderland to London. Strangely, Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel not once but rather twice - as a 195 ton snow owned by T. Booth of Sunderland & also as a 177 ton snow owned by J. French of Seaham-harb. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies that J. French means John French. On Nov. 15, 1861, per line 1451 here, the 177 ton snow was lost near Cuxhaven (at the mouth of Elbe river, Germany), while en route from Cuxhaven to England. Crew of 7 - none lost. Vessel then owned by John French. The circumstances of the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Anything you can add? Y

25782

10

Canopus, later Hebe (a barque) 1 (ref. Aug. 29, 2013, search for Canopus)

325/331
later
297

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1871/72. It was initially owned by Crosby & Co, of Sunderland, for service ex Sunderland to the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa ('CGH'). The vessel was moored at Table Bay, South Africa, on Jul. 15, 1854, in process of discharging her cargo, when she was driven ashore in a violent gale. Many other ships suffered a similar fate indeed 32 were sunk or destroyed that day. The entire crew was rescued & safely landed on shore by lifeboat. I presume she must later have been floated off. From 1853/54 thru 1856/57, Laroche & Co. of London is listed as the vessel's owner, for service from London to CGH. On Jul. 1, 1856, Canopus arrived at Sydney, Australia, ex Liverpool. She moved on to Newcastle, New South Wales, carried coal & other cargo to Hobart, Tasmania, & on Oct. 28, 1856 left Hobart for Mauritius, in ballast. From 1857/58 thru 1860/61, Cooper & Co. of London is listed as her owner for service from London to Bahia, Brazil. In 1861/62, G. Lawrence of Hull is recorded as her owner for service from Hull to New York, U.S.A. I cannot tell you when they sold it - LR lists no owner in the registers of years 1862/63 thru 1868/69. I understand, however, that it was owned by a Dr. Wilkinson of Hartlepool who sold it to 'Bedlington'. From 1869/70 thru 1870/71, Bedlington (of Whitby, it would appear) is listed as the owner of the Hartlepool registered vessel for service from Hartlepool to the Baltic. Such data would seem to be doubtful, however - read on. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists G. Wilkinson of Hartlepool as her then owner. 100.5 ft. long, no signal letters indicated. On Jun. 20, 1870, the vessel, carrying timber, went aground on Maplin Sands - near Southend-on-Sea - was floated off the next morning. LR of 1871/72 states 'wrecked'. On Dec. 7, 1870, per line 580 here, but with some webmaster data modifications, the 297 ton barque was abandoned in the Baltic, while en route from Memel (then E. Prussia, now Klaipėda, Lithuania) to London - with a cargo of timber. Crew of 11 - 3 lost including Jenkinson, her captain. The vessel left Memel on Dec. 1, 1870, ran into a heavy gale later that day & next morning sprang a leak. The mate went below to inform the captain of the leak and while both were below decks the vessel capsized. With difficulty the captain & mate reached the deck. It took the crew some hours to cut away the vessel's rigging & once that was accomplished the vessel righted itself. One crew member was swept away & drowned during that effort. The crew clung to the decks for about a day & a half, during which time the captain & another crew member died due to exposure in the cold, wet & severe conditions. An unnamed schooner found the remaining crew (8 I presume) & took them to Copenhagen, Denmark, all suffering from starvation & severe frostbite. Canopus was accordingly abandoned.  Lumsden, a steamer, found the derelict barque & towed it to Danzig, now Gdańsk, Poland. Where the waterlogged vessel was pumped out and said to be water-tight. What later happened to the vessel? It sounds like she might have been repaired & continued to serve perhaps under another name? Need help to detail what finally happened to the vessel. The contemporary British newspapers have many Dec. 1870 articles about the disaster - a friend of the site has provided a few of such articles (1, 2). At the time of her abandonment, the vessel was stated to be owned by Matthew Storm. I suggested above that a repaired Canopus may well have continued in service under another name. Hermann Behrent has since been in touch to advise that the vessel, renamed Hebe, signal letters HFQL, was owned by Captain C. G. Claaßen (Claasen), of Danzig Neufahrwasser, Danzig, thru 1877. In 1877, the vessel was sold to Hermann Wilhelm Behrent, fleet owner, also of Danzig - Hermann Behrent's grandfather. Though a 'Claasen' would seem to have continued to be her captain thru 1887 when the vessel was eventually sold for demolition. All as you can read here, or, Google translated into English, here. We thank you, Hermann! Y

23233

11

Caucasian (a barque)

490/563
later
586

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel would seem to have been owned for its entire lifetime by Rounthwaite of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland and/or London, to Adelaide, Australia & to India. The vessel arrived with immigrants at Adelaide, South Australia, on Feb. 6, 1852, ex Plymouth & left for Bombay, India. It arrived again on Apl. 25, 1853 ex London & Southampton with 60 passengers, & also on Dec. 25, 1857 with a great many passengers. Turnbull's Register of 1856 reports the vessel as owned by H. Rounthwaite. On Dec. 5, 1860, per line 463 here, the 586 ton barque was abandoned at or maybe near Mauritius, while en route from Akyab (now Sittwe, Myanmar) to the U.K. One of the 25 man crew lost his life. The vessel was then owned by Hy. Ronathwaite - presumably means Rounthwaite. Y

68

12

Chalmers

644

James Laing

J. Laing

 

13

Chieftain (a snow, later a brig)

244
later
227

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1862/63. It was owned throughout that period by Wilkinson of Hartlepool, initially for service ex Sunderland, from 1854/55 for service from Hartlepool to the Mediterranean & from 1860/61 for service from Hartlepool to the Baltic. The vessel was always registered at Hartlepool. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T. Wilkinson of Hartlepool as the vessel's then owner, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists George & Matthew Wilkinson. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Nov. 7, 1862, per line 2489 here, the 227 ton brig stranded at Bragen Reef (near Tungenes, SW Norway near Stavanger), while en route from Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) to London with a cargo of potatoes. Crew of 8 - none lost. Vessel then owned by Matthew Wilkinson. The circumstances of the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Anything you can add? Y

12892

14

Chowringhee (a ship)

781/893
later
805

William Pile, Jr.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1871/72. It was launched (1 & 2) on Mar. 3, 1851 for John Hay of Sunderland, intended for the East India trade. Per 2 it was, at the time, the largest ship ever built on the Wear. Its cost is stated to have been about £16,000. Chowringhee? A neighbourhood in central Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. The vessel was initially owned, then, by John Hay of Sunderland, thru 1865/66 for initial service from Shields to India, in 1852/53 for service from London to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, & thereafter for service ex London. The vessel made more voyages to Australia than would seem to be indicated. i) the vessel arrived at Melbourne on Jul. 5, 1852 ex London via Plymouth (left Mar. 13, 1852) with a few passengers & 319 emigrants. 17 died on the voyage & there were 9 births. On about Oct. 23, 1852 the vessel left for London with 50 passengers & 70,000 ounces of gold, including a single nugget of 46 lb. ii) On Aug. 4, 1853 the vessel arrived at Melbourne ex London (left Apl. 17, 1853) with 253 passengers. It later left for London & arrived there on Dec. 20, 1853 after a voyage of 118 days. iii) The vessel arrived at Melbourne on Jun. 28, 1854 ex London (left Mar. 19, 1854) with a few, 13 or so, passengers. It returned to the U.K. via China. iv) On Nov. 16, 1855, the vessel arrived at Sydney, New South Wales, ex Southampton (left Jul. 18, 1855) with many emigrants - 335 or maybe 294 only. It stayed a week in quarantine upon arrival. It later left for Calcutta. We thank Trove, Australia for all of that data. In 1856/57, per LR, J. C. Gregg, likely of Belfast, became the owner of the vessel, now Belfast registered, for service ex London & in the period of 1857 thru 1861 for service ex Liverpool. In 1861/62, per LR, the vessel served India ex London. In 1862/63 A. G. Robinson, of London, became the vessel's owner & continued to own her thru 1871/72. Initially for service ex London, to India ex London from 1863/64 thru 1865/66 & thereafter, thru 1871/72, for service from Plymouth to South America. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 72, image soon), lists the vessel's name as Chouringhee, its ON as 91 & her tonnage as 806, & lists her owner as being Anthony B. Robinson of London. Such ownership data is unchanged in the equivalent list of 1870 but her ON is listed as 9 which I suspect is incorrect. 156.2 ft. long, signal letters HBLC. I have not so far found what happened to the ship. Can you tell us? Or otherwise add anything? Y

91

15

Cistus (a snow)

214
later
201

Alcock

Only limited & confusing data is available about this vessel. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1863/64, owned throughout that entire period, per LR, by J. Alcock of Sunderland, always for service from Sunderland to London. Note that Alcock is the name of the vessel's builder. The Mercantile Navy List, however - insert 13167 here - rather records the vessel as registered at Lancaster, Lancashire, from 1854 thru to 1860. The vessel is not listed as a Sunderland registered vessel either in Turnbull's Register of 1856 or Christie's Maritime Register of 1858. So the LR data seems to be in error. 88.0 ft. long. On Apl. 9, 1861, per line 1174 here, the 201 ton snow was involved in a collision & sank. At sea. While en route from Pomaron, Portugal, (noted for the shipment of copper & sulphur ores), to Glasgow. No detail is provided as to where the collision occurred nor the name of the vessel with which it collided. Crew of 8 - none lost. The vessel is stated to have then been owned by William Whelan. Is there anything you can add? Y

13167

16

City of Kandy

393

James Laing

Cowie & Co.

 

17

Corra Linn (a schooner)

72
later
66

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel's initial owner, thru 1858/59, was Child & Co. of Stockton for service to Stockton ex Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as T. Wren & W. W. Child, also of Stockton. Lloyd's Register of 1959/60 lists Wren & Sons, of Stockton as her new owners. On May 28, 1860, per line 687 here, the 66 ton schooner went ashore at Redcar (then north Yorkshire), while carrying a cargo of guano. All 4 crew members lost their lives. Vessel then stated to be owned by Thomas Drew. Y

17109

18 Countess

211

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

T. Green

 

19

Cruiser

312/330

George Barker Note

Porrett & Co.

 

20 Czarina (a snow)

230/244
later
222

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1864/65 & not thereafter. It was initially owned by W. Petrie of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Baltic. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being W. Davison & T. Flintoff, both of Sunderland. From 1857 thru 1860/61 at least, LR indicates that Flintoff & Co. of Sunderland were her owners. Christies Shipping Register of 1858 states that her then owners were Wm. Davison & Thomas Flintoff, both of Sunderland. I said 'at least' above because LR of 1861/62 thru 1864/65 records no data re owner names or intended voyages. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists Robert Mills of Whitby as owners of the 222 ton vessel, then registered at Whitby. 80.0 ft. long, signal letters LVWT. On Feb. 11, 1871, per line 1907 here, the 222 ton brig was sunk at Coquet Island (a small island off Amble, Northumberland), while 'coastwise'. Crew of 8 - none lost. Then owned by Robert Mills. Can anybody clarify the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? The loss may well relate to a major gale that hit the NE coast of England on Feb. 10, 1871 & destroyed a great many ships including Jabez. Y

16080

21 Defiance (a barque)

302/315

Short

A. Strong of Shields for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean.

 

22 Dominion (a barque)

510/583

Halls

Temperley of London for service from London to New Zealand.

 

23

Duke of Northumberland

571

William Doxford & W. Crown

Unknown to webmaster

 

24 Dumfriesshire, possibly later renamed Dumfrieshire (a barque)

380/419

John Smith

As per this extensive launch announcement, the vessel was launched, likely in Sep. 1851, for John Martin of Glencaple, S. of Dumfries. intended for the East India trade. The vessel seems to be therein described as being a ship. Martin & Co. of Dumfries, Scotland, for (where service is stated in Lloyd's Register) Clyde to India & later Liverpool to S. America. On Feb. 9, 1860, per line 67 here, where named Dumfrieshire, the barque, of 420 tons, was abandoned in the N. Atlantic at 49N/12W, while en route from Callao (Lima), Peru, to England. Crew of 14 - 1 lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Robert Nicholson. The vessel's loss is covered in these two contemporary newspaper cuttings, which tell us that the vessel was rather abandoned, dismasted, on Jan. 30, 1860 & that the surviving crew were landed at Greenock, Scotland. Y

10535

25 Eleanor (a barque)

404/446
later
417

Unknown to webmaster

A significant part of the data presented on this site originates in the many editions of Lloyd's Register ('LR') On occasion, however, LR presents incorrect data as in this case, when the vessel continued to be LR listed for 7 or so years after the vessel had, in fact, been lost. The vessel is LR listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70, owned initially, for just a couple of years, by Charleton of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Australia. From 1853/54 thru 1869/70, per LR, the vessel was owner by C. R. Rayner of Sunderland. Per David Watts, Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Charles R. Rayner & William Redman as the vessel's then owners. While Turnbull's Register of 1856 records E. P. & C. R. Rayner & W. Redman, all of Sunderland, as her owners. And Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records only E. P. & C. R. Rayner. For service (1853/1856) from London to Bombay (now Mumbai), India, service ex Portsmouth, in 1859/60 for service from Sunderland to India & from 1860/61 for service from Leith to India. The vessel became of 417 tons in 1859/60. 115.0 ft. long. This page tells us that on Dec. 9, 1861, the vessel put into Halifax, Canada, in a leaky condition. On Mar. 3, 1862, per line 2138 here, the 417 ton barque was abandoned at sea, at 41N/56W (about 700 miles SE of Halifax), while en route from New York to Gloucester with a cargo of grain etc. Crew of 16 - none lost. Then owned by Edward P. Rayner. Can anybody tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

25247

26 Eliza Charles (a barque)

290/289

W. Naisby

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1862/63, owned by Roberts & Co. of Aberystwyth, Wales. It would seem that the vessel was always registered at Aberystwyth. For initial service ex Sunderland, but later, in the period of 1856/58, for service from Newport, Wales, to the West Indies, from 1858/59 for service ex Liverpool i) from 1858/61 to South America & ii) from 1861/63 for service to North America. On Feb. 19, 1862, per line 2978 here, the 290 ton barque went missing while en route from New York to Gloucester with a cargo of grain etc. Crew of 12 - all lost. Then owned by Richard Roberts. Can anybody tell us anything additional? The weather situation at the time, perhaps? Y

26787

27 Eos (a barque)

332/374
later
348

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1861/62, owned for that entire period, per LR, by T. Alcock of Sunderland. Initially for service from Sunderland to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), from 1857/58 for service from Sunderland to India & in 1861/62 for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records T. C., A., & H. Alcock, of Sunderland, as her then owners, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Thomas C., Ann, and Hannah Alcock. The vessel became of 348 tons in 1857/58. On Jan. 29, 1862, per line 2090 here, the 348 ton barque stranded at Egg Harbour (New Jersey, U.S.A., at Ocean City), while en route from Limerick, Ireland, to New York. Crew of 13 - none lost. Then owned by Thomas C. Alcock. Can anybody tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

26096

28 Erromanga (a barque)

376/418
later
379

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70, owned for that entire period by R. Hansell of North Shields. Mainly for service to the Mediterranean ex Shields though a voyage to the West Indies is mentioned. 109.0 ft. long. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states that her then owners were Robert, Richard, Thomas & J. B. Hansell, of North Shields, as essentially also does Turnbull's Register of 1856. This listing has been advanced after reading a reference to a vessel loss in 1870, which advises that on an unknown date in Apl. 1870, per line 143 here, a 373 ton barque of the name, built at Sunderland in 1851, was abandoned at sea while en route from Havana, Cuba, to Falmouth. Crew of 16 - none lost. Then owned by Peter Brash. The data relates, however, to ON 33401 which was a 351 ton barque of the name built at Greenock in 1845, whose owner per the Mercantile Navy List of 1870, was Peter Brash of Leith. It (33401) was abandoned (per LR of 1870/71). It in fact arrived in distress at Bermuda on Apl. 12, 1870. The line 143 listing referred to Sunderland in error. So we really do not know what happened to OUR Erromanga. Just that it was not LR listed after 1869/70. I did spot a reference to an Erromanga from Newcastle for Lisbon that arrived at Deal, Kent, on Jun. 7, 1870. But nothing later. Can anybody clarify what did happen to 10123? Y

10123

29

Georgiana (a snow)

176/153

Lawson Gales, of South Hylton

L. Gales of Sunderland

 

30 Glencoe (a snow, later a brig)

320/338
later
314

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1872/73. Owned, thru 1860/61, by Davison of North Shields, for service from Shields to Barcelona, Spain, but from 1859/60 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W. Davison of North Shields as her then owner, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean William Davison. The vessel became of 314 tons in 1861/62. In that year also, the vessel would seem to have been briefly owned by T. Metcalfe and then by W. Irvin, of North Shields, for service from Shields to Spain. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 states (on page 15) William Irvin of North Shields to be her then owner. From 1867/68 thru 1871/72, Morrison & Co., of Sunderland, became the vessel's owner for service from Sunderland to the Baltic & then ex Sunderland. During such period of 'Morrison' ownership, J. Morrison was the vessel's captain. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, evidences that to mean James C. Morrison, of Sunderland. In 1871/72, J. Morgan of Sunderland became the vessel's owner for service ex Sunderland & in 1872/73 for service from Sunderland to 'NDieppe' (Nieuwe Diep, N. end of North Holland Canal, effectively Amsterdam). 101.0 ft. long, signal letters HNBQ. On Dec. 14, 1872, per line 2798 here, the 314 ton brig sank near the Weser (the river at Bremen, Germany), while en route from Sunderland to Bremerhaven, Germany. Crew of 9 - none lost. Then owned by John Morgan. Can anybody tell us about the circumstances of her loss?  Y

2170

31

Hannah Maria

386

George Barker Note

J. Michael

 

32

Harlington (a snow)

249/255

Booth & Blacklock

This vessel has not yet been researched. Lloyd's Register of 1851/52 lists the vessel as owned by Penman & Co. of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. It would seem that the vessel was bought to replace an earlier vessel of identical name, lost in early 1850. Can anybody add anything?

 

33

Hexham (a snow)

270

W. Chilton

The webmaster has not reaearched this vessel which was, however, Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only from 1851/52 thru 1853/54. Owned by Crowe & Co. of Sunderland with E. Robinson her captain. The vessel would seem to have served the Mediterranean ex Sunderland but the vessel may have initially been intended for service from Sunderland to Boston, U.S.A. I include this vessel initially having just listed Hexham, a snow or brig built at Sunderland in 1839, which vessel was lost in Oct. 1850. It was owned for many years by Crowe & Co.

 

34

Honour (a snow, maybe later a brigantine)

130
later
119
later
120

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel would seem to have been owned for its entire brief lifetime by R. Brough of Sunderland for service ex Sunderland, later ex the Clyde to France & Hull to the Baltic. Turnbull's Register, in 1856, reports the vessel as owned by R. & G. Brough. On Dec. 3, 1860, per line 461 here, the 120 ton brigantine was stranded near Aarhus, Denmark, while en route from Konigsburg (Königsberg now Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian enclave on the Baltic coast) to London with a cargo of peas. None of the 6 man crew lost their lives. The vessel was then owned by George Brough. Y

 14159

35

Island Home (a barque, later a brig)

298/314
later
293
later
288
later
275

Buchanan & Gibson of Ayre's Quay

The webmaster believes that this newspaper cutting (in green) reports the launch of the vessel in Jul. 1851. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 to 1862/63, then an 11 year silence, & again, it would seem, from 1874/75 thru 1880/81. I wonder why LR chose not to list the vessel for such a long period of time? Per LR, the vessel was owned thru 1856/57 by J. (John) Martin of Aberdeen, who also served as her captain. For service from Sunderland to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, in 1853/54 & for service from London to Australia in the period of 1854/57. Ex Trove, Australia, on Mar. 10, 1854, the vessel arrived at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, ex Memel (then E. Prussia, now Klaipėda, Lithuania), which it left on Nov. 1, 1853. It left Melbourne on Jul. 12, 1854 for Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, but may rather have gone first to Sydney, New South Wales, & then to Hong Kong. It arrived back at Melbourne on Nov. 22, 1854 having left Calcutta on Sep. 2, 1854. On Feb. 10, 1855 it left for London with, apparently, 2,620 oz. of gold in its cargo. The last reference I spotted at Trove had the vessel en route from Aberdeen to Algoa Bay on Nov. 17, 1855. In 1857/58, per LR, the vessel, now of 293 tons, was owned by Aston & Co. & registered at London. The vessel was registered at London for the balance of its lifetime. Under 'Aston' ownership, the vessel served from London to Algoa Bay, South Africa, thru 1860/61. And ex London in 1861/62 & 1862/63, in which years no owner name is LR indicated. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1865, 1867 (page 191, image soon) & 1870 both list Wm. N. Frost, of Hackney, Middlesex, i.e. London, as her then owner. As is confirmed by LR of 1874/75, which lists W. N. Frost the owner of the 288 ton vessel. By 1876/77 at least (LR of 1875/76 is not available to the webmaster) Frost Cook & Co. owned the vessel. By 1878/79 (ditto re 1877/78), & thereafter thru 1880/81, the vessel, now listed as a 284 ton brig, was, per LR, owned by J. Dix, who was of South Shields as per MNL of 1879, while the equivalent list of 1880 lists William Dixon of Newcastle as the 275 ton brig's then owner. 102.1 ft. long, signal letters NRQK. LR of 1880/81 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. These newspaper cuttings tell us that the vessel was lost on Oct. 3, 1880, 1 mile W. of Soderhamn (Söderhamn is in Sweden, on the Gulf of Bothnia). And the crew were likely all lost. I do not recall many vessels that were initially rigged as a barque & later were re-rigged as a brig, as in this case. Is there anything you can add? Y

23453

36 Ithiel (a snow)

205/175

Edward Brown

Jas. Hay of Sunderland

 

37 Jane & Elizabeth

305/316

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Swan & Co. - J. P. Almond, G. Anderson & T. Pickering in 1856

 

38

Jane Cockerell (a barque)

353/387

T. Stonehouse

John Cockerill, later (Lloyd's Register 1856/57) T. Thompson of Sunderland. Last Lloyd's listed in 1858/59 This page references the vessel putting back to New York in Jul. 1861 when 180 miles E. of Sandy Hook, Parkway?, New Jersey.

25695

39

Jane Spoors (a brig, later a snow)

188
later
167

George Barker

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70, owned for that entire period, per LR, by Spoors & Co. of Seaham, Durham. J. Colling is LR recorded as being the vessel's captain for all of such years. For initial service from Sunderland to London, soon for service to the Mediterranean ex i) Hartlepool (1854/58), ii) Sunderland (1858/59) & iii) Shields (1859/60 thru 1969/70). Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being J. Colling, P. Spoors, P. Spoors, jun., & T. Spoors, all of Sunderland. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies such owner names as meaning John Colling, Percival, Percival, Jun. & Thomas Spoors. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 199) & 1870, both list Percival Spoors, of Seaham, as the then owner of the 167 ton vessel. 90.5 ft. long, signal letters PFLV. On Dec. 14, 1872, per line 3290 here, the 167 ton snow went missing while en route 'coastwise' from Seaham. Crew of 6 - all lost. Then owned by P. Spoors Junr. Can you add anything? Y

25319

40 John Muers

298/332

Unknown to webmaster

W. Brown - also in 1856

2281

41 Jubilee (a snow but maybe a barque)

323

Bradley & Potts of Hylton

A vessel which had a very short life. It is listed in Lloyd's Register in 1851/52 & 1852/53 only, owned by Haddock of Sunderland, with M. Luckey (correctly Luckie it would seem) her captain, for service from Sunderland to London. It was launched, in mid Jul. 1851, as per this (in red) launch announcement (LR lists it as a snow). In late 1851 & early 1852, the vessel carried coal from Newcastle to Barcelona, Spain. Per this newspaper cutting, the vessel was lost at sea on Nov. 28, 1852 while en route from Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland, to Cuba. At 54N/14W. about 300 miles W. of Ireland, in the North Atlantic. The vessel encountered a violent gale, was thrown on her beam ends, & had to be abandoned. Two of her crew lost their lives - their names. Is there anything you can add? Y

 

42 Judith (a brig, later a snow)

238
later
216

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70, owned thru 1864/65 by Greig & Co. of Stonehaven, Scotland. For service to the Mediterranean, initially from Sunderland, soon from Liverpool & later from Leith. And from 1861/62 ex London. In 1864/65, Connon & Co. of Stonehaven became the vessel's owner for service from Aberdeen, Scotland, to Archangel, Russia. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the Aberdeen registered vessel as then owned by Richard Connon & Co. of Aberdeen. 93.5 ft. long, signal letters LSGD. On Sep. 2, 1870, per line 342 here, the 216 ton snow stranded at Karavaldi (where is it?) while en route from St. David's (Cardiff?) to Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) with a cargo of coal. Crew of 11 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Richard Connon. Y

`15423

43 Kate Evelyn

333

Unknown to webmaster

G. Avery- also in 1856

7276

44 Lady Zetland (a schooner)

58
later
68
later
62

Peverley & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1863/64 & then a long LR silence. It is LR registered again in 1876/77 but I do not have access to the LR registers of 1875/76 & 1877/78 to know if the vessel is listed in those 2 years. It was initially owned by G. Foster of Sunderland, thru 1854/55, for service as a Sunderland coaster. In 1855/56, Wignall & Co., of Fleetwood, Lancashire, acquired the vessel, now of 68 tons, thru 1863/64 at least, for service as a Clyde coaster thru 1858/59 (no service is referenced thereafter thru 1863/64). The Mercantile Navy Lists fill in much of the missing detail. In 1867 (page 221, image soon) & 1870, the vessel, now of 62 tons, was owned by John Courtney of Warrenpoint, County Down, Northern Ireland, & registered at Newry, Northern Ireland (near Belfast). In 1875 the vessel was still registered at Newry but owned by Mrs. Louisa Nyren of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, & in 1876 was both owned & captained by Hugh Hughes of Borth, Cardiganshire, & registered at Aberystwyth, Wales. LR of 1876/77 lists the vessel as owned by H. Hughes & registered at Aberystwyth. On Dec. 5, 1877, while en route from Bangor, Carnarvonshire, Wales, to Cork, Ireland, with a cargo of 95 1/2 tons of slate, the vessel sprang a leak & foundered in fine weather when 4 miles off Portgolman, Carnarvon Bay. Crew of 3 - none lost. The owner, H. Hughes of Borth, said that she had been 'on a mud bank for about three months, and he believes that the oakum must have come out of her seams'. As per item 790 on this page (ex here). 59.0 ft. long, signal letters MFWQ. Is there anything you can add? Y

17276

45 Lucy

212

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

White & Co.

 

46 Maitland Note

320/331

Unknown to webmaster

J. Kelso- J. R. Kelso in 1856

23354

47 Marion (a snow)

216/235
later
198

J. Rogerson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1859/60. It was owned thru 1855/56, per LR, by W. Moore of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. The vessel became listed at 198 tons in 1856/57 in which year Smart & Co., also of Sunderland, became, per LR, the vessel's owners, for service from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany, thru 1857/58 & ex Sunderland thereafter. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being C. Smart, R. H. Halliday & J. Smart, all of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning Charles & John Smart & Richard H. Halliday. Both of those registers indicate that the vessel was built in 1850 rather than in 1851. It would seem that LR of 1851/52 had recorded the vessel as first registered in 1850 but then changed it to 1851. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel & when, or otherwise add anything? Y

11886

48 Marion (a snow, but maybe a barque)

313/339

Thomas Robson at Claxheugh

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1855/56, always LR listed as a snow. The webmaster believes that this (in green) launch announcement records the launch of the vessel in mid Jul. 1851, stated there to be a barque. Was owned for the above entire if brief period, per LR, by J. Wright of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. So far as I can see, the vessel was not issued an Official Number so it probably was lost before Jan. 1, 1855. Can you tell us anything more? Such as what happened to the vessel & when. Y

 

49 Mary Ann (a barque)

405/508
later
445
later
397

W. Potts

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1861/62, owned for that entire period, per LR, by Potts Brothers of Sunderland. For service, thru 1858/59 from Sunderland to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, & thereafter for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists R. H. Potts and Brothers of Sunderland, as the then owners of the 445 ton barque, data which is confirmed by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 which however lists the vessel as built in 1855. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'Abandoned'. On Nov. 22, 1861, per line 1469 here, the 397 ton barque was abandoned at sea, while en route from New York to Queensland with a cargo of wheat. Crew of 14 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by R. H. Potts Bros. Thanks to the kindness of a site visitor, I can advise you that i) the vessel was abandoned at 37.22N/62.34W (about 700 miles ESE of New York), ii) 'McGregor' was her captain & iii) the crew were rescued by Surprise, a Londonderry schooner, & landed at Queenstown, Ireland - & not at Queensland. As per these newspaper cuttings & also the following extracts from the New York Times of Dec. 24, 1861:- The bark Mary Ann, abandoned at [???] from New-York Nov. 14, bound to Cork for orders. Her cargo consisted of 24,200 bushels of wheat, valued at $37,000. She was a Br. vessel, built in Sunderland in 1857, 397 tons, built of oak and iron kneed. Can you tell us about the weather conditions at the time? Y

13669

50 Mary Hall (a barque)

330/379
later
345

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1871/72. Thru 1857/58, per LR, the vessel was owned by J. C. Hall of South Shields, initially for service from Sunderland to Aden, then ex London. LR of 1858/59 records a different member of the Hall family as her then owner, thru 1869/70 most likely - J. L. Hall, also of South Shields. But it would seem that he became the owner rather earlier than 1858, certainly by 1856. For some varied service - from Shields to the West Indies & later to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), from the Clyde to Quebec, Canada, & for a number of years from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. L. Hall of South Shields as her then owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning John L. Hall. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 also lists John L. Hall of South Shields as the then owner of the 346 ton vessel. LR of 1870/71 states no owner name - it would seem that the vessel was likely sold at about that time. LR of 1871/72 states 'BURNT'. 102.0 ft. long, signal letters JSKB. On Feb. 25, 1871, per line 1254 here, the 345 ton barque was burnt at Oran, Algeria, while en route from Algiers to Newcastle with a cargo of esparto grass. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then owned by George Mather. Y

7291

51 Mary Ridley (a barque)

411

Edward Bailey, of Pallion

Carr & Co. of Newcastle

 

52 Masaniello (a barque, maybe later a ship)

392/464
later
433

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1862/63, always listed as Masaniello, a barque, & always owned by Huntley of Sunderland. Was always registered at Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel, as 'Massaniello', owned by D. & J. B. Huntley, both of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register (Massanielo) of 1858 to mean Daniel & Jeptha B. Huntly. It would seem the vessel name is easy to misspell. For initial service ex Sunderland, from 1855/56 for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, from 1859/60 for service ex London & in 1861/62 for service from Sunderland to India. The vessel became of 433 tons in 1861/62. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On May 28, 1862, per line 2254 here, the 435 ton vessel, stated to be then a ship, stranded at Rodrigues Islands, (Rodriques Island, an outer island, republic of Mauritius in Indian Ocean), while en route from Moulmein, Burma, (now Mawlamyine, Myanmar), to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of timber. Crew of 13 - none lost. Then owned by Jeptha B. Huntley. Can anybody tell us more about the circumstances of her loss? Y

23656

53 Matanzas (a barque)

343/359
later
324

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1871/72. The vessel was initially owned by Thompson of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, from 1856/57 from London to Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), later ex Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W. Thompson, jun. & C. Nattrass, both of Sunderland, as her then owners, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning William Thompson & Chas. Nattrass. In 1862/63, J. Pippet of South Shields became her owner, & in 1863/64 W. Pippet, also of South Shields. For service from Shields to both the Baltic & to the Mediterranean, ex Cork, from Swansea to the Mediterranean & again from Shields to the Baltic. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists (on page 262), W. Pippet of South Shields as her then owner. 105.5 ft. long. LR of 1871/72 states 'abandoned'. On Apl. 16, 1871, per line 1326 here, the 324 ton barque sank, at 45N/12W (in the North Atlantic, NW of the NW tip of Spain), while en route from Shields to Carthagena (maybe Cartagena, SE Spain), with a cargo of coal. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then owned by William Pippet. Can anybody tell us more about her loss? Y

24836

54 Meggy

304/326

Unknown to webmaster

Elsdon & then Storey & Co. - E. Storey & R. B. Henzell in 1856

2227

55 Morning Star (a snow or brig)

267/270
later
260

Buchanan & Gibson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1864/65. It was initially owned, thru 1855/56 per LR, by J. Gibson of North Shields, for service from Sunderland to Montreal, Canada. David Watts advises (thanks!) that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Joseph Gibson of North Shields as the vessel's then owner & Benj. B. Starks as her then captain. In 1856/57, 'Coll'dge' & Co. of North Shields later of Shields, became the vessel's owner for service from Shields to the Mediterranean (thru 1860/61), & from Shields to France (1861/62) with maybe some service ex Gloucester. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W. Colledge and J. Reay, both of South Shields, as the then owners of the Shields registered 270 ton snow, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning William Colledge & James Reay. The vessel became of 260 tons in 1861/62. In 1862/63, per LR, W. Balls, of Shields, became the vessel's owner for service from Newcastle to the Baltic &, from 1863/64, for service from Shields to the Baltic. W. Balls served as the vessel's captain in parts of 1862/63 & 1863/64. 95.5 ft. long. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Can anybody tell us about her loss? Y

1671

56

Norna (a ship, later a barque)

460/392
later
460

W. J. Bennett

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1861/62, owned thru 1851/52 by Pryde & Co., of Liverpool, for service from Sunderland to Liverpool. It would seem that from 1854, at least, the vessel - insert 49 here - was always registered at London. In 1854/55 & 1855/56, per LR, the vessel was owned by Bennett & Co., of London, for service ex London. And from 1856/57, Boord Bros., also of London, owned the vessel for service ex London. Per LR, J. Ray was the vessel's captain throughout the entire period of 'Boord' ownership. On Mar. 31, 1861, per line 1163 here, the 460 ton ship was lost off 'St. Augustin', while en route from Newcastle, New South Wales ('NSW'), Australia to Hong Kong with a cargo (416 tons) of coal. No crew data is provided. Then stated to be owned by John L. Kirby, a name not LR referenced. The vessel was in fact wrecked at St. Augustine Reef, near, SE of, Guam, (at 7.20N/155E or more likely at 7N/158E), somewhere near Drummond's Island, as you can mostly read here ex here. The Captain (Wilson), his wife & 4 Europeans reached Manila or Guam (both are stated) in the ship's boat but the rest of the crew were left on the reef without provisions - and no vessel was then available to go to their rescue. Rather later, however H.M.S. Pioneer was sent to try to find them, but they were all but one eventually rescued, on Mar. 4, 1862, by H.M.S. Sphinx at the Hogulu group of islands - as per this article. The rescue is covered in 'My Naval Career ..." published 1911, by Sir Edward H. Seymour (an archive.org book). Visitors interested in the vessel might usefully check at Trove, Australia, for the vessel which operated in the Far East & Australia for 2 or 3 years commencing, I think, when the vessel loaded at London on Nov. 22, 1858 for Melbourne & Geelong, both in Victoria, Australia. I spotted a subsequent reference to the vessel sailing to Guam ex Newcastle, NSW, on Apl. 7, 1860 with 420 tons of coal. Do check Trove for yourself for greater detail. But .... There are a great many references to a Norna voyage from Hong Kong to Sydney (arrived at Sydney just before Christmas 1860) during which a lascar seaman named Caleel was beaten to death on board the vessel. Captain James Crawford & 2nd Mate Antonio Charles were tried for the murder of Caleel. What they did to Caleel is very hard to read - it is set out here in all of its awful detail - more than 250 lashes with a heavy rope or cat-o'-ten-tails in a 3 hour period as one example - & continues here - just 2 of many articles about the 4 day case. The jury found both men to be guilty of manslaughter rather than of murder as you can read here. They were both sentenced to 3 years hard labour - at Parramatta & at Sydney (Darlinghurst) gaols respectively. Is there anything you can add? Y

49

57

Osbert

400

James Laing

Dalrymple

 

58

Pet

429

J. Hardie

Marwood

 

59 Prince Woronzoff (a snow)

245/259
later
236

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1859/60. Prince Woronzoff? His obituary can be read here. The vessel was owned, thru 1852/53, by Swire & Co. of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to Odessa (Ukraine, Black Sea). In 1853/54, per LR, E. Preston of Liverpool became the vessel's owner for service ex the Clyde to Liverpool (in 1853/54) & to Singapore (in the period of 1854/57). Thereafter for service ex Liverpool, with service to the Mediterranean LR noted in 1859/60. On Oct. 17, 1859, the vessel was one of six vessels stranded & wrecked in a severe SE gale at Algoa Bay, i.e. Port Elizabeth, South Africa (S. coast of S. Africa, about 420 miles E. of Cape Town). As you can read here ex here. No lives were lost. The vessel is therein described as being partially loaded for Liverpool with a cargo of disabled vessels. I have read, however, in a 'Google' data 'snippet' that the vessel was lost on Oct. 16, 1859, rather carried seed & cotton, & was under the command of captain P. Clarke. Can you tell us more about the circumstances of her loss? Y

27182

60 Punch

317

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Ogle & Douglas

 

61

Pyrenees (a ship)

721/832

James Laing

The webmaster has not researched this vessel, which was, however, owned by Duncan Dunbar. On Feb. 23, 1854, Pyrenees was one of many ships engaged by the British Government for service as transport ships re the Crimean War. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that D. Dunbar was in 1854 the vessel's owner & that Pyrenees 'Conveyed artillery and horses to Constantinople and Varna ; afterwards employed on various services in the Black Sea, until wrecked off the Katcha, 14 November 1854.' It would seem that she was driven ashore in a hurricane as were many other fleet vessels. Varna is in Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast. Katcha, now Kacha, is also on the Black Sea coast a little to the N. of Sevastapol. Is there anything you can add?

 

62

Rainbow (a snow)

218
later
198

Lightfoot

The webmaster has not researched this vessel, which was initially owned, per Lloyd's Register of 1851/52 by T. (Thomas) Speeding of Sunderland. It was later owned by Smith & Co., also of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Baltic. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1870 & 1880 both record the vessel, then of 198 tons, as owned by Henry Scholefield of Seaham Harbour, Durham. 87.8 ft. long, signal letters PHJT. Is there anything you can add?

25768

63

Refuge (a snow, later a brig)

253
later
226

William Doxford & W. Crown

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1869/70. Thru 1856/57, the vessel was owned by W. Doxford of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Baltic & soon to the Mediterranean. LR of 1857/58 records W. Blumer of Sunderland as new owner of the vessel, now of 226 tons, for service from Shields to France. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W., L., and E. Blumer of Sunderland as her then owners while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states Luke and John Blumer of Sunderland and Richard Reay & Elizabeth Blumer of South Shields. In 1861/62, R. Sharp of Sunderland became her owner for service from Shields to the Baltic. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists Richd. Sharp of Sunderland as her then owner. 96.0 ft. long, signal letters LPBR. On Mar. 3, 1870, per line 749 here, the 226 ton brig was abandoned off the Dudgeon (a shoal 20 miles N. of Wells, Norfolk, I think), while en route from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal. Crew of 8 - none lost. Then owned by Richard Sharp. Y

14651

64

Regina (a snow or brig)

277/293
later
273

W. Reed

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1867/68. Though why it was listed for so long is a puzzle. From 1851/52 thru 1856/57, the snow was owned by Richardson of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists C., M. A., and E. Richardson, all of Sunderland, as her then owners. LR of 1857/58 records E. Graham, jr., of Newcastle, as the new owner of the vessel for service ex Sunderland. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (which records the vessel's O.N. incorrectly as 14625) lists Edward Graham & J. Snowdon, both of Newcastle, as the brig's then owners. In 1861/62, Harrison & Co., of Whitby, is LR listed as the new owner of the vessel, now of 273 tons, for service initially ex Sunderland but from 1861/62 for service from Falmouth to New York. 95.0 ft. long. On Nov. 13, 1861, per line 1444 here, the 273 ton snow was stranded at Swin Middle (I believe on the N. side of the Thames estuary near Southend), while en route from Cronstadt (St. Peterburg, Russia) to Whitstable, Kent, with a cargo of tallow etc. Crew of 10 & 1 passenger - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Francis Robinson. J. Robinson (could he be related to Francis Robinson?) is LR recorded as the vessel's captain, from 1860/61. Is there anything you can add? Y

14652

65

Rehoboth

179/194

Unknown to webmaster

Outterside - Wiley & C in 1855/56 however E. Bulmer per this page

18631

66 Residue

112

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

W. Adamson

2509

67 Rodsley (a ship)

610/733

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1855/56, owned throughout that period by E. Graham of Newcastle. For service thru 1853/54 from Sunderland to the East Indies & thereafter for service as a London Transport. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that Edward Graham was in 1854 the vessel's owner, that Rodsley was chartered to provide services related to the Crimean War from Apl. 6, 1854, & particularly that Rodsley 'Sailed with artillery to Constantinople to Eupatoria. Wrecked off the Katcha, 14 November 1854.' Katcha, now Kacha, is on the Black Sea coast a little to the N. of Sevastapol. Eupatoria, now Yevpatoria, is on the W. coast of the Crimean peninsular. Is there anything you can add? Y

 

68

Royal Charlie (a barque)

435/480

R. & W. Hutchinson

'Hutchnsn' of Sunderland

 

69

Saint George (a barque)

349/392
later
357

Sykes & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1867/68. Thru 1857/58, the vessel was owned by Briggs & Co. of North Shields for service initially from Sunderland to the Mediterranean but from 1853/54 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. David Watts advises (thanks!) that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists the vessel as registered at Shields & owned by Wm. C. & John Allen, both of South Shields, Rob Roy Briggs of Blyth & William Briggs & William Briggs jun., both of Sunderland - with John Arkley the vessel's then captain. In 1858/59, per LR, the vessel became owned by 'Buchnnan' of Glasgow for service ex London. LR notes that 'Buchnnan' was the vessel's captain during such period of ownership. In 1861/62, but only in that year, Hannan & Co., of Glasgow became the vessel's owner for service from the Clyde to Africa. In 1862/63, Hamilton & Co., also of Glasgow, became the owner of the barque, now of 357 tons, for continued service from Clyde to Africa. LR of 1867/68 lists no owner name & LR listing of the vessel came to an end in that year. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists (page 337, image soon) Wm. Hamilton of Glasgow as the vessel's then owner. While the equivalent list of 1870 advises that the vessel was then owned by James Milne of Aberdeen. 109.5 ft. long, signal letters JDHF. What finally happened to the vessel has not yet come to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

4623

70

Sarah Margaret

232/240

Arrow Leithead

J. Wright

 

71

Security (a barque)

420/480
later
505

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel would seem to have been built for Holderness, of Liverpool, initially for service ex Sunderland. From 1853/54 thru 1856/57, Girvin & Co. of Liverpool were the vessel's owners for service from Liverpool to China. Holderness became her owners again in 1857/58. On Dec. 1, 1860, per line 458 here, the 505 ton barque was abandoned off New Trinidad while en route from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Liverpool with a cargo of grain. None of the 14 man crew lost their lives. The vessel was then owned by T. H. Holderness. Y

 13571

72

Shakspeare (a ship)

810

John Smith

This vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only in 1851/52 & 1852/53, owned by Kendall & Co. of Liverpool for service from Sunderland to India. This newspaper announcement refers to a ship named 'Shakespeare' being owned by a Liverpool owner & carrying the first load of coal ex the collieries of the Marquis of Londonderry. Can you tell us more about the vessel which would seem to have had a very short life.

 

73

Snowdrop (a schooner)

112

William R. Abbay

Adamson of Sunderland

 

74

Stamboul (a barque)

349/381

R. H. Potts & Bros.

The launch of the vessel, on Feb. 17, 1851, is recorded in this newspaper cutting. Bought, per that cutting, by Dryden of North Shields. LR of 1851/52, however, lists Dale & Co. of North Shields, as her initial owner which ownership changed in that year to G. Dryden, also of N. Shields. G. Dryden & P. Dale in 1856

16198

75

Star (a brig or snow)

232
later
205

John Crown, of Southwick

The webmaster believes that this newspaper cutting (in green) reports the launch of the vessel in Jul. 1851. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 to 1869/70, a gap of 4 years, & then, it would seem, from 1874/75 thru 1889/90. And possibly even later - however the vessel is not listed in LR of 1892/93. The vessel was initially, thru 1856/57, owned by J. Crown of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1857/58, in which year the vessel became of 205 tons, J. May, of Sunderland, became, per LR, the owner of the vessel & also its captain. However Turnbull's Register of 1856 records J. H. May, of Sunderland, as already her owner, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean James H. May. Per LR, May owned the vessel thru 1869/70 - if not later. For service ex Liverpool (in 1857/58), from the Clyde to the Mediterranean (in 1858/59 & 1859/60), ex Lancaster, Lancashire, in 1860/61 & from Sunderland to the Mediterranean in the following years thru 1869/70. It would seem that there was an ownership change not referenced by LR. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 362, image soon) & 1870 lists the vessel as registered at West Hartlepool & owned by Henry Taylor of Sunderland, who is, however, recorded in LR of 1874/75 as being the vessel's then owner. In 1876/77, LR lists I. Bedlington, of West Hartlepool, as the vessel's owner, thru 1880/81 it would seem. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1880 lists Isaac Bedlington of West Hartleppol as her owner. In 1880/81, R. D. Clark & Co., of West Hartlepool became, per LR, the vessel's owner, but for a short time only. LR of 1881/82 lists the vessel as registered at West Hartlepool (at London from 1882/83) & owned by W. Smith. LR of 1886/87 records T. W. Spencer as owner of the London registered vessel, at least thru 1889/90. In 1890, the vessel was registered at London & owned by Thomas W. Spencer, of Erith, Kent. 92.0 ft. long, later, from 1874/75 at least, 92.9 ft., signal letters LCVT. I do not know what finally happened to the vessel. Can you tell us? Y

12704

76

Trio (a brigantine)

128
later
117

Unknown to webmaster

Another puzzle re the accuracy of Lloyd's Register ('LR') data of the 1860s. The vessel is LR listed from 1852/53 thru 1869/70. It was initially owned by Herring & Co., of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Baltic. In 1856/57, the vessel became owned by R. Martin, of Fowey, Cornwall, for service from Sunderland to France, & from 1860/61 for service as a Falmouth coaster. In 1861/62 the vessel, now of 117 tons, became owned by E. Wilkinson of Maryport (Cumbria coast & Solway Firth), for service as a Whitehaven, Cumbria, coaster. 84.0 ft. long. Despite the vessel being LR listed thru 1869/70, the vessel was lost in late 1862. On Oct. 20, 1862, per line 2433 here, the 117 ton brigantine (stated, incorrectly I believe, to have been first registered in 1853) foundered in the Downs while en route from Saffi (likely Safi in western Morocco) to London with a cargo of beans etc. Crew of 6 - none lost. Then owned by Edward Wilkinson. I note, in partial confirmation of the above data, that the vessel is not recorded in the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 385). Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

22954

77

Vimiera

1037

James Laing

Duncan Dunbar & Sons

 

78

William McGowan (a snow or brig)

217/206
later
182

William Carr of Hylton

A rare vessel in that it ended up broken up rather than lost at sea or similar. The webmaster believes that this newspaper cutting (in red) reports the launch of the vessel in Jul. 1851. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 to 1869/70, followed by a 4 year LR silence, & then from 1874/75 thru 1883/84. The vessel was initially, thru 1861/62, owned by Martin & Co. of Glencaple, registered at Dumfries, both Scotland, who, early in 1852, sold 4 of his 40 (of 64) shares to James Halliday for £140. For service from Sunderland to Dublin, Ireland, thru 1855/56, & thereafter ex Liverpool to, where a destination is LR indicated, Para (Brazil?) in 1856/57, North America in 1857/58, the Mediterranean in 1859/60. In 1861/62, thru 1869/70 per LR, the vessel was owned by T. Hick of Scarborough, Yorkshire, for service ex Liverpool. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1867 (page 415, image soon), 1870 & 1875 all, however, list the vessel, now of 182 tons, as owned by William Dodds of Scarborough, as does LR of 1874/75 (W. Dodds). LRs of 1875/76 & 1877/78 are not available to the webmaster. LR of 1876/77 lists the vessel as again owned by T. (Thos.) Hick of Scarborough. It seems likely that T. Hick & W. Dodds were business partners. LR of 1878/79 reports the vessel owned by J. Saunders of Scarborough being sold to E. Jopling (E. Joplin in 1880/81) of Sunderland. MNL of 1879 & 1880 records Edward Jopling of Hylton Dene, Southwick, Sunderland as the vessel's then owner. LR of 1881/82 reports that the vessel owned by E. M. W. North of Sunderland being sold to H. J. Annison of Lowestoft, who also owned the vessel, per LR, in 1882 & in, per LR, 1882/83. LR of 1883/84 lists H. Spurgeon, also of Lowestoft, as the vessel's then owner & tells us that the vessel had been 'Broken up'. 83.0 ft. long, 83.8 ft. from 1874/75, signal letters HCGN. Can you tell us anything more? Y

293

79

Worthy (a brig)

160
later
147
later
160
later
149

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1873/74. Thru 1856/57, the vessel was owned by Marriott of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to London. From 1857/58 thru 1863/64, per LR, the vessel was owned by Cunningham of Portsmouth for service as a Sunderland coaster. Registered at Portsmouth but later at Arundel, it would appear. From 1863/64 to 1873/74, per LR, Bridges of Lynn, Norfolk, was the vessel's owner serving ex Lynn. 'Bridges' was the vessel's captain for that entire period per LR. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, lists James Rix, of Lynn, as the vessel's then owner. 77.0 ft. long, signal letters NPSW. Despite the vessel being LR listed thru 1873/74, the vessel was lost in early 1871. On Feb. 10, 1871, per line 1873 here, the 149 ton brig was stranded at Bridlington, while en route from Newcastle to Lynn with a cargo of coal. Crew of 6 - none lost. Then owned by E. C. Bridges. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? The loss may well relate to a major gale that hit the NE coast of England on Feb. 10, 1871 & destroyed a great many ships including Jabez. Y

22995

80

Zuma (a snow)

204/193
later
180
later
177

William Carr of Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1862/63 & not thereafter. The webmaster believes that this newspaper cutting (in red) reports the launch of the vessel in Jul. 1851. Thru 1852/53, the vessel was owned by W. Frost of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Malaga, Spain. In 1853/54, Teighe & Co. of London became the vessel's owner for service ex London. The LR data of 1860/61 thru 1862/63 looks to be suspect, likely because the vessel became registered at Guernsey from 1857 at least. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1867 (page 423, image soon) reports William T. Brown, of Guernsey, to be the then owner of the 180 ton vessel, while MNL of 1870 records William Warren Bird, junr. of St. Sampson's, Guernsey, as her then owner. Signal letters PDFG. On Dec. 21, 1871, per line 1744 here, the 177 ton snow was stranded at Hartland Quay, NW Devon, while en route from Bilbao, Spain, to Swansea with a cargo of iron ore. A major loss of life - crew of 9 - 8 lost. Then owned by W. W. Bird, Jun. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

24993

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1851? Do please advise me if you know. 'Where Ships Are Born' states 146 vessels & 51,823 tons. As does Christie's Shipping Register of 1858. Can you help correct the above list?

1852 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

The data that follows was derived from many sources but it in large part originates from a list of vessels built at Sunderland in 1852 contained within Marwood’s Shipping Register of 1854-55. We thank David Watts for transcribing such data for inclusion here.

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Abeona (a snow)

285/306

Hume & Easson, of Pallion

T. White of Shields

27078

2

Abram and Sarah (a snow)

163

H. Carr, of North Hylton

Lotinga & Co. of Sunderland 

 

3

Acacia (a barque)

307/353

J. T. Allcock, of Low Street

C. Alcock of Sunderland 

 

4

Adventure (a snow)

250

Robert Thompson &
Sons (JLT)

J. Purvis, of Shields, in 1853/54

23597

5

Agusta Schneider

421

William Crown, of Southwick

 

 

6

Akbar (a ship)

712/809

J. Robinson, of Deptford

Shallcross of Liverpool

 

7

Albion (a barque)

349/381

Austin & Mills, of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. Owned for that entire period by W. Stevens of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, for service thru 1854/55 of Sunderland to Aden, from 1855/56 thru 1858/59 for service from London to Australia, & later ex London. The webmaster made a quick search at Trove, Australia, for references to voyages to Australia. He believes he spotted two such voyages, as follows - i) On Dec. 4, 1855 the vessel arrived at Hobart Town, Tasmania & in Feb. 1856 left on its return voyage for London ii) On Nov. 13, 1856 the vessel arrived at Adelaide, South Australia, having left London on Jul. 25. 1856. It went on to Portland, Victoria, & departed on Dec. 6, 1856 for Guam. There may well be additional voyages. On May 4, 1861, per line 1212 here, the 349 ton barque was wrecked at Narsipore (now Narsapor, Andhra Pradesh, India) while en route from Madras (now Chennai), India, to Ganjam (Odisha, India). Crew of 13 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by William Stevens. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

24752

8

Alfred the Great (a ship)

575/652
later
577

J. & R. Candlish, of Southwick

I have not researched this vessel yet. Owned by Mackinlay of Glasgow. It would seem that the vessel was nearly wrecked during a hurricane which hit Swatow (Shantou, Guangdong Province, China), on Nov. 21/22, 1858. Amongst the many ships that were driven ashore during the hurricane was Alfred the Great. One reference states 'Alfred the Great (British ship). Found on the mud bank, off Double Island, in a sinking state'. Another states '20. Alfred the Great - Supposed to have struck some rock, in a sinking state, towed in by the Toeywan to Double Island on to the flat off that place.' A third states 'Alfred the Great (British, 664 tons) on the rocks by Double Island with a hole through her bottom - some hopes of saving her' & 'The Glendower and Alfred the Great are still ashore'. Also see this page 'on shore, got off in a sinking state'. Further research is needed. The vessel was clearly not then wrecked. Signal letters HSTR. The vessel is listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1880, then owned by Thos. S. Blues, of South Shields.

3328

9

Alice Thompson (a barque)

331
later
309

Pile & Smart, of North Sands

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1862/63 & not thereafter. Initially owned by Thompson (from 1856/57 J. Thompson), of South Shields, for service ex Sunderland, from Shields to the Mediterranean, to India ex Shields & Sunderland, from Shields to the Mediterranean & ex London. Turnbull's Register of 1856 and also Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 state Joseph L. Thompson of South Shields to be her owner. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the Shields registered vessel as then owned by Edward H. Hoskins of London. Signal letters HNPL. On Sep. 26, 1870, per line 420 here, the 309 ton barque stranded at Swatow Harbour (Shantou, E. coast of China, NE of Hong Kong) while en route from Keelung, Taiwan, to Shanghai, China, with a cargo of poles. Crew of 12 - 1 lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Demetrio Sclavo. Most references are to the vessel being built in 1851, however I have listed it as 1852 as recorded in LR. Y

2303

10

Alice Walker (a barque)

314/320

Todd & Brown, of North Hylton

Walker & Co. of Shields

5301

11

Ambassador (a barque)

368/388
later
366
later
336

Booth & Blacklock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1874/75 at least. It would seem that the vessel was always registered at either Shields or North Shields. The vessel was owned thru 1857/58, by W. Elliott of North Shields, initially for service from Sunderland to Boston (U.S.A.?) then from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being Wm. & Wm. Elliott, jun. of North Shields & J. & T. Hudson & J. Beckett, of Felton. The vessel became of 366 tons in 1858/59. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists William & Mary Ann Elliott & John Short, of North Shields, John & Thomas Hudson of Felton & John Beckett, of Fenton. From 1858/59 thru 1865/66, Short & Co. of Shields was, per LR, the vessel's owner for continued service from Shields to the Mediterranean, soon service as a London coaster. In 1866/67, J. Bolt of Shields became the vessel's owner, mainly for service from Shields to the Mediterranean but in 1869/70 & in 1870/71 for service from Newport to the West Indies. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867, on page 18, lists James Bolt of North Shields as her then owner as does the Mercantile Navy List of 1870. The vessel became of 336 tons in 1869/70.  110.0 ft. long, signal letters NPHR. I read here (insert 22886) that the vessel went ashore, a wreck, on Nov. 9, 1874. On Oct. 21, 1874, Ambassador was abandoned at sea while en route from Dantzic (Gdańsk, Poland) to London with a cargo of timber. As per this page. At 51.40N/4.30E said to be in the North Sea. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then owned by J. Bolt of North Shields. The 'vessel having become leaky and completely disabled, owing to bad weather and high seas, was abandoned'. Can you add anything? How the crew were rescued, perhaps? Y

22886

12

Annie Forster, later Anne Forster (a barque)

450/528
later
459
later
450

Ralph Hutchinson, of North Quay

This vessel's name is a bit of a puzzle. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed, as Annie Forster, from 1853/54 thru 1857/58. It is LR listed as Anne Forster from 1858/59 thru 1869/70 & not thereafter. The vessel was initially owned, per LR, thru 1857/58, by G. Forster, of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Singapore. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her, however, as Anne Foster, owned by G. Foster of Sunderland & registered there. From 1858/59 thru 1869/70, the vessel, now, per LR, named Anne Forster, of 459 tons, was owned by Budden & Co., of London, for service ex London & from 1861/62 for service from London to Australia. Even though voyages to Australia are referenced for 8 years, I have only spotted two such voyages at Trove, Australia. The vessel left London on Jan. 10, 1863 (left the Downs on Jan 14, 1863) for Adelaide, South Australia, with a general cargo that included 40 tons of ammunition, arriving there on May 13, 1863. On Jul. 18, 1863 the vessel left Adelaide for Calcutta (now Kolkata) India, arriving there on Sep. 19, 1863, with 60 horses in her cargo. On Dec. 21, 1864, the vessel again left London for Adelaide, arriving there on Apl. 9, 1965, & later leaving for Guam, in ballast, on Jun. 6, 1865. I think those dates are accurate but do double check the dates for yourself. There was also a brief reference to an earlier voyage, some few years back (before 1863) in which the vessel carried cargo that in some way related to the lighthouse on Kangaroo Island (1 ex 2). The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 records Edward Budden, of London, as the then owner of the London registered vessel. LR does not record the vessel after 1869/70. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 (on page 26) lists the vessel, now of 450 tons & registered at Newcastle, as owned by Henry James Livingstone, of Newcastle. 120.0 ft. long. On Feb. 4, 1873, per this page, the vessel was lost in the North Atlantic, at 45.15N/10.0W (roughly 300 miles N. & a bit west of the NW tip of Spain) while en route from Swansea, Wales, to Dakar (W. coast of Africa) with a cargo of 705 tons of patent fuel. The vessel apparently sprang a leak, for causes unknown, during a gale. Crew of 11 - none lost. Can you add anything? How the crew were rescued, perhaps? Y

24527

13

Antagonist (a barque)

308/334

W. Briggs, of Southwick

Barnett of London

 

14

Appleton (a ship)

967
later
888

John Watson, of Pallion

So far as I can see, the vessel was never LR listed. I wonder why that was so. 'Crewlist.org' refer to 'steam' in their data re ON 16400, but it seems not to have been a steamship. Signal letters MRJH. It was registered at London, it would appear. On Jan. 10, 1862, per line 2050 here, the 888 ton ship was abandoned off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, while en route from Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), to London with a general cargo. Crew of 27 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Joseph Shepherd. The circumstances of her loss have not yet come to hand. Can you tell us what happened, or otherwise add anything to this limited data? Y

16400

15

Aurora (a ship)

450/386

William Pile, of North Shore

Dent of London

 

16

Ayers Quay (a schooner)

92

James Laing

Laing & Co. of Sunderland

 

17

Ballarat (a barque)

464/538

R. & W. Hutchinson, of North Quay

M. Lonie of Sunderland

 

18

Banshee (a barque)

430/460

Edward Bailey, of Pallion

J. Towse of London

 

19

Blackheath (a ship)

614/729

Sykes & Co., of North Hylton

Bonus & Co. of London

 

20

Boadicea (a barque)

415

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Pow & Co. of North Shields, R. Pow, M. & G. Fawcus & G. Davison in 1856

2132

21

Brahan Castle (a schooner)

109
later
96

John Smith, of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1869/70, & not thereafter. Owned, thru 1855/56 by Smith & Co. of, certainly registered at Sunderland. For service as a Sunderland coaster. From 1856/57 thru 1865/66, per LR, the vessel was owned by McKenzie of Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland, & registered at Aberdeen, for service as a Stockton (that is what LR says) coaster & from 1861/62 for service as a Leith coaster. The vessel became of 96 tons in 1861/62. LR editions after 1865/66 list no owner name. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists, however, James Hall, of Newcastle, as the then owner of the Inverness registered vessel. While the 1870 equivalent lists Jessie Oraydon, (surely means Graydon) of Monkwearmouth, as the then owner of the Sunderland registered vessel. 83.0 ft. long, signal letters MJVD. On Nov. 10, 1872, per line 2682 here, the 96 ton schooner was abandoned in the North Sea, while en route from Harburg (a borough of the city of Hamburg, Germany) to Sunderland with a cargo of potatoes. Crew of 5 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by John M. Graydon. The circumstances of her loss have not yet come to hand. Can you tell us what happened, or otherwise add anything? Y

17973

22

Bullfinch (a barque)

353/374

Booth & Blacklock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1861/62, & not thereafter. Owned, thru 1856/57 by T. Gunton of London, for service from London to the Baltic. It may be that in the vessel's first year, i.e. 1851/52, it served London ex Sunderland. T. Wood is stated by LR to have been the vessel's captain during the period of 'Gunton' ownership. I mention that because from 1857/58, J. Wood, also of London, became the vessel's owner & also her captain. For service from Liverpool to the West Indies in 1857/58, ex London thru 1860/61 & from Bristol to the West Indies in 1861/62 during which year the vessel became of 353 tons. On Jun. 1, 1861, per line 1253 here, the 353 ton barque, burnt & sank at Morant Bay, SE Jamaica, about 25 miles E. of Kingston. While en route from Morant Bay to London with a cargo of sugar etc. Crew of 13 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by John Wood. The circumstances of the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Can you tell us what happened, or otherwise add anything? Y

16876

23

Calliope (a ship)

669/769
later
688

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1857/58 (I wonder why it was not recorded earlier) thru 1869/70, owned for that entire period, per LR, by J. Rogers & registered at London. For service ex London but for a few years voyages to India are noted. For all of those LR years, 'Simmons' is listed as the vessel's captain, which means, I read, George Webb Summers. I reference his name because the Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1867 & 1870 list G. Webb Summers, of South Hackney, London, as the owner of the 688 ton vessel. 142.0 ft. long, signal letters PFDM. On Apl. 23, 1871, per line 2164 here, the 688 ton ship left Calcutta (now Kolkata, India) for New York. And went missing en route. Crew of 21 - all lost. Then owned, per that report, by G. W. Simons, & listed as built in 1871. Can anybody clarify the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

25238

24

Caroline Chisholm (a barque)

350/366

Todd & Brown, of North Hylton

Trowsdale of Stockton

 

25

Caroni (a barque)

281/295

William Harkess, of North Sand

Mackintosh of London

 

26

Cecilia (a barque)

298/295

George Barker Note

Walker & Co. of Sunderland

 

27

Charlotte of Derby (a barque)

387/421

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

T. Ward of Hull

 

28

Chevy Chase (a barque)

400/384

J. & R. Candlish, of Southwick

Hammond & Co. of London

 

29

Chinsura (a barque)

410/461

James Hardie, of Southwick

John Hay of Sunderland

 

30

Circassia (a barque)

422/452

William Carr

J. Wright of Hull - J. S. Harper, R. Wright, J. Reay & R. Swan in 1856

2002

31

City of Kandy (a barque)

372/392

James Laing, of Deptford

Cowie & Co., of Liverpool

 

32

City of Peterborough (a barque)

331/323

Peter Austin

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1851/52 thru 1870/71. It was owned, thru that entire period, per LR, by R. Young of Wisbeach. For service from Sunderland to Wisbeach thru 1858/59, from London to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, from 1859/60 thru 1863/64 & for service from Sunderland to the West Indies thereafter. 106.5 ft. long. The vessel clearly continued to be LR listed long after it had been wrecked. City of Peterborough was anchored at Table Bay, South Africa, on May 17, 1865 when the area was hit by a massive & violent storm from the NW, of an intensity never before witnessed at the Cape. I have read that the vessel was intending to soon leave for London. 18 vessels, including City of Peterborough, were driven aground or ashore & wrecked, while 9 other vessels survived the storm, some of them badly damaged. It would seem that the vessel was under the command of Captain Wright, with a cargo of wool & wine. City of Peterborough broke adrift shortly after sunset on May 17, 1865 & struck upon a reef, at Papendorp, 'some distance from the shore'. Have also read that she was wrecked on Sceptre Reef (where HMS Sceptre was wrecked on Nov. 4, 1799, with massive loss of life). Within 1/2 hour the vessel went to pieces, those aboard clinging on to fragments of the wreck. Attempts were made to effect a rescue by shooting a line to the vessel by a rocket apparatus. Alas, without success. The Captain (Wright), his wife & child and a crew of fifteen all perished. So 18 aboard the vessel died. A total of 51 or so lives were lost that day, 30 of them being from Athens, a steamer. You can read accounts of the disaster via (thanks!) Trove, Australia, here ex here, & also here. Alacrity, built at Sunderland in 1856, was also wrecked that day. Two other Sunderland built vessels were also there that day and were both stated to have been wrecked - Star of the West & Frederick Bassil. Neither in fact was wrecked. Anything you can add? Y

24574

33

Colinda (a barque)

463/581
later
525

Andrew Leithead

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1861/62, owned initially, per LR, by Wm. Hay of Sunderland. Maybe for initial service ex Sunderland, more certainly, in 1853/54, for service from London to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. From 1854/55 thru 1857/58, per LR, 'Tomlin' of London became the vessel's owner for service from London to V. C. I. (Vancouver's Island, British Columbia, Canada). John Powell Mills was then a part owner of Colinda & was her captain. Bill Culver advises (thanks!) that on Jul. 13, 1853 the vessel, then owned by James Tomlin (48 of 64 shares) & Mills (16 shares) & registered at London, was chartered to Hudson's Bay Company ('HBC') to carry supplies & immigrants to Victoria, B.C., Canada. The history of that voyage is interesting, indeed. Thanks to the Colonial Despatches project and Dr. James Hendrickson & his associates at the University of Victoria, you are invited to scroll down to Colinda here, where this account of the voyage's history can be read. Might I additionally add that the vessel was chartered to HBC to carry goods & 212 passengers to Victoria. It left London in Aug. 1853 under the command of Captain Mills. The vessel put into Valdivia, Chile, as a result, Mills charged, of a mutiny by the passengers. The ship was ordered north to Valparaiso, Chile, where the passengers were tried. Mills was unable to prove the charges, the passengers were acquitted, & costs were assessed against Mills. It is interesting to note that of the 212 passengers, only 17 were prepared to resume the vessel's voyage to Victoria with Captain Mills in command & that many crew deserted ship when the vessel later arrived at Victoria on Apl. 15, 1854. A court case ensued. Mills was held in gaol for over 4 months. James M. Reid, with the approval of Tomlin, was appointed in his stead as captain of Colinda - which returned to the U.K. via San Francisco (it arrived there on Apl. 2, 1855). Do read the most interesting despatches.
In 1858/59, Wm. Hay of Sunderland again became the owner of the barque, now of 525 tons, for service from Sunderland to India. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 confirms that William Hay of Sunderland was the barque's then owner. Can anybody tell us if William Hay & James Tomlin were related in some way? It would seem unusual that William Hay owned the vessel twice in its lifetime. The 1861/62 edition of LR references service from Sunderland to New York & also notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. 123.0 ft. long. On Dec. 2, 1861, per line 1491 here, the 525 ton barque was abandoned at sea, at 39N/71W, about 250 miles SE of New York, while en route from New York to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of wheat. Crew of 18 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by William Hay. This page confirms the date of loss & states that the vessel was under the command of Captain Duncan. May I direct you to an extensive article published in the New York Times on Dec. 7, 1861 which sets out in detail the circumstances of her loss. The crew were rescued by Chryseis, also built at Sunderland, captain Headley in command, & landed at New York. Can you add anything additional? Y

7381

34

Constance (a barque)

327/353

George Booth, of North Sand

W. Thompson of Sunderland

 

35

David & Martha (a ketch) Note

98
later
87

Havelock & Robson, of North Dock

D. Turrell of London, later (Lloyd's 1855/56 thru 1864/65) P. Rawle of Plymouth

5695

36

Derwent Water (a barque)

500/623

William Harkess, of North Sand

Richardson of London

 

37

Dilston (a barque)

340/385

John Barkes, of Wreath Quay

White & Co. of South Shields - J. White in 1856

 

38

Dorothy (a barque)

382/430
later
396

George Worthy, of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1872/73. Was always registered at Shields. Owned thru 1863/64 by T. Bell of North Shields, initially for service from Sunderland to Barcelona, Spain, & from 1854/55 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being T. R. W. Bell & T. Hays, both of North Shields. Which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Thomas R. W. Bell & Thomas Hays. The vessel became of 396 tons in 1857/58. In 1863/64, per LR, T. Hays, of North Shields became the vessel's owner, for continued service from Shields to the Mediterranean. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 98) & 1870 both list Thos. Hays of North Shields as her then owner 111.0 ft. long, signal letters MCWN. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened? Or otherwise add anything? Y

16794

39 Eleanor

850

John Smith of Pallion

 

 

40

Electricity (a barque)

298

Wm. Pile, Jun., of North Shore

Pile & Co., of Sunderland

 

41

Elizabeth Harrison (a snow, later a brig)

288/276
later
281/276
later
258

S. Hodgson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1870/71. Owned thru 1866/67 by A. Harrison of Sunderland, initially for service from Sunderland to Odessa, Ukraine, Black Sea, later from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owner as being A. Harrison of Sunderland, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Andrew Harrison. In 1866/67, R. Stamp of West Hartlepool, became the vessel's owner for service ex Sunderland, soon from Hartlepool to the Baltic. LR of 1870/71 states 'wrecked'. 96.5 ft. long, signal letters NSHK. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel as then registered at West Hartlepool & owned by Robert Stamp of that city. On Feb. 10, 1871, per line 1225 here, the 258 ton brig was stranded at Cleeness (near Grimsby), while en route from Hartlepool to Calais, France, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 8 - none lost. Vessel then owned by Robert Stamp. Y

23602

42

Elizabeth Morrison (a snow)

298/309

Ratcliff & Co., of North Docks

Morrison - R. Morrison jun. in 1856, both of South Shields. For service to the Mediterranean, later to the West Indies & then to India. On Jan. 25, 1860, per line 44 here, the 309 ton snow was lost at Valona or Vlorë, Albania, while en route from Glasgow to the Mediterranean. Crew of 12 - none lost. Vessel then owned by Robert Morrison, jun.

24766

43

Elra

202

Ralph Hutchinson, of North Quay

A Whitby owner

 

44

Emigrant (a barque) 1

370/405

Forrest & Co., of Quarry Hole, North Hylton?

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1858/59, initially registered in the name of 'Denniston' of Sunderland, intended for use in trade with Australia. LR of 1857/58 records 'Rounthwte' as her new owner - per Turnbull's Register of 1856, H. Rounthwaite & S. Mills, also of Sunderland. For trade ex London. The vessel is not recorded in Lloyd's Register of 1858/59, having been lost (at page bottom) under circumstances yet unknown to me. The vessel voyaged to Australia in 1852/53 as per these links (1 & 2). While I have not so far spotted any later voyages to Australia, 'Emigrant' is a difficult search term & there could have been later voyages. Y

2545

45

Emily Kate (a snow)

238

Ratcliff, Spence & Co., of North Docks

Rowntree & Co. of North Shields - J. Rowntree & M. Dawson in 1856

8479

46

Emporium (a barque)

317/350

Hodgson & Gardiner, of North Hylton

"Lumsdn" & Co. of Sunderland

 

47

Empress (a barque)

382/426

Thomas Stonehouse, of Ravenswheel

Pearson & Co. of Hull

 

48 Euroclydon (a snow)

270/295
later
261

W. H. Pearson, of Panns

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1860/61 & not thereafter. Owned for that limited period, per LR, by Wm. Hay of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean &, from 1856/57, from the Clyde to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 reports W. Hay of Sunderland as her then owner - the vessel is not, however, recorded in Christies Shipping Register of 1858 or at least not in the Sunderland registered list. It would seem that the vessel was registered for a period at Arbroath, Scotland. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, reports that William Lowson of Sunderland was her then owner. Signal letters NWTJ. On Mar. 10, 1871, per line 1275 here, the 261 ton snow was sunk in the North Sea, while en route from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 8 - none lost. Then owned by Wm. Lowson. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us? Y

24457

49

Evadne (a barque)

462
later
428

M. Byers, of Strand Yard?

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1864/65 & not thereafter. Owned thru 1861/62 by Scott of Newcastle, for service from Sunderland to Havana, Cuba. In later years the vessel served the Mediterranean ex Sunderland, India ex Newcastle & Vera Cruz (possibly Veracruz in Mexico, formerly known as Vera Cruz) ex Sunderland. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists James J. & Henry Scott, both of Newcastle, & James Smith of Monkwearmouth as the vessel's then owners. With J. Smith the vessel's captain. Both Turnbull's Register of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 report her then owners as being J. J. & H. Scott of Newcastle & J. Smith of Monkwearmouth. The vessel became of 428 tons in 1860. In LR of 1862/63, J. & H. Scott of Newcastle are listed as her then owners for service from Cardiff to India, later Sunderland to India. LR of 1864/65 records no owner name & the vessel is not later LR recorded. All is not lost however. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 130) & 1870 both record William Pickersgill, of Southwick, Sunderland, as her then owners. 118.0 ft. long, signal letters LDHF. On May 28, 1872, per line 2466 here, the 428 ton barque foundered near St. Pauls, (St. Paul's Island, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia), while en route from Newcastle to Quebec, Canada, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 12 - none lost. Then owned by William Pickersgill. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us or otherwise add anything? Y

12783

50

Fanny Huntley (a snow)

250/249

William Harkess, of North Sand

Huntley & Co. of Sunderland

 

51

Flying Childers (a barque)

360/286

Pile & Smart, of North Sand

Brice & Co. of Liverpool

 

52

Formosa (a ship)

450/406

W. G. Bennett & Co.

H. Sawell of London

 

53

George Kendall (a ship)

897
later
808

John Smith, of Pallion Quay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1874/75 at least - LR of 1875/76 is not available to the webmaster. The vessel is not listed in LR of 1876/77. As per this launch announcement, the vessel was launched on Apl. 6, 1852 for Messrs. Kendall of Liverpool for the East India trade. The vessel was owned, thru 1866/67, per LR, by Kendall & Co. of Liverpool, for service from Liverpool to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, except for 1853/54 in which LR records service to Calcutta ex Sunderland. In 1866/67, the vessel became owned by R. Ash, of Hull, for service from Hull to India, & in 1869/70, per LR, for service to Australia ex Hull. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 155, image soon), however, still lists George Kendall of Liverpool, as the vessel's owner. While the equivalent list of 1870, lists her then owner as Robert Ash of Hull. The vessel became of 808 tons in 1867/68. On Sep. 4, 1869, the vessel left London, Gravesend, for Melbourne, Australia. It lost sails en route, put back to the Downs & left again on Sep. 22, 1869. It arrived at Melbourne on Jan. 19, 1870 with 6 passengers. On Feb. 24, 1870 the vessel left Melbourne for Newcastle, New South Wales, & on Apl. 10, 1870 left Newcastle for Bombay (now Mumbia), India, with 112 tons of coal. In 1870/71, per LR, T. R. Oswald of Sunderland became the vessel's owner, thru 1873/74 for service from Sunderland to India. In 1873/74, Trayes & Co. of Sunderland became the vessel's owner. 152.0 ft. long, signal letters NVFS. I cannot advise what later happened to the vessel & when. Can you help in that regard or otherwise add anything? If so, do consider advising the webmaster. Y

24058

54

Gloucester (a ship, later a barque)

530/591

John Watson, of Pallion

J. Lidgett of London

26619

55

Golconda (a ship)

612/758

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Blair & Co. of Sunderland

26266

56

Halcyon (a snow)

296/310
later
286

S. Hodgson

The vessel's initial owner was Clark & Co., of Newcastle, for service from Sunderland to London. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Clarke & Dunn, of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner. With W. Watson the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 states the then owner to be Clark & Dunn, of Newcastle. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises Clarke & Dunn.

26904

57

Hannah (a snow)

141

G. W. & W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

T. Tadd of Fowey 

 

58

Harbinger (a barque)

317/317

Rawson, Watson & Co., of Southwick

G. White of South Shields - G. N. White in 1856

 

59

Hawk (a snow or brig)

229
later
210

R. H. Potts & Brothers, of Low Street

This launch announcement is, it is believed, for Hawk, launched on Apl. 6, 1852, for the builder's account, intended for service in the Baltic trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1869/70, owned thru 1866/67 by Potts, Brothers of Sunderland. For service always from Sunderland, to Archangel, Russia, thru 1855/56, to London from 1856/57 thru 1858/59, to the Baltic in 1860/61, & to France from 1861/62 thru 1864/65. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists R. H. Potts & Brothers, of Sunderland, as the vessel's then owner. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists R. H. Potts & Brothers & Charles H. Potts, all of Sunderland, as her then owners. The vessel became of 210 tons in 1861/62. In 1866/67, per LR, J. Morgan of Sunderland became the vessel's owner with J. Morgan serving as the vessel's captain. For service from Sunderland to Rotterdam. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 171, image soon) lists the 211 ton vessel as then owned by John Morgan of Sunderland. 87.0 ft. long, signal letters LVST. LR of 1869/70 notes that the vessel, still, per LR, owned by J. Morgan, had been 'Wrecked'. Thanks to a kindly site visitor I can provide these 4 newspaper cuttings re what is most likely 'our' Hawk. On Mar. 20, 1869 while en route from Shields to London with a cargo of coal, Hawk was in collision with Vesta, a schooner, during a gale. The collision would seem to have taken place off the Humber, or between the Humber & the Dudgeon (20 miles N. of Wells, Norfolk, I think). Three Hawk crew members, half of her crew, got on board Vesta at the time of the collision leaving Hawk with just her master, her mate & a boy. They were able to continue to sail the crippled Hawk, but making a great deal of water & fast sinking, they ran the vessel onto the beach S. of Gorleston near the pier, a bit to the south of Great Yarmouth. The three crew members were rescued by rocket apparatus. The vessel was surely wrecked. Now the cuttings do not contain any names that would permit one to say with 100% certainty that it was 'our' Hawk, but it most likely was. It is unlikely however that J. Morgan was then her owner. LR of 1868/69, in the supplement, tells us that by then J. Morgan owned a different vessel also named Hawk, a barque built at Sunderland in 1868 by Reay. Can you add anything additional? Who owned Hawk at the time of her loss & where & when Vesta reached safety after the collision? Y

16049

60

Henry Ellis (a ship)

464/401

Wm. G. Bennett & Co. Note

H. Ellis of Plymouth thru 1854/55, from 1855/56 thru 1865/66 Grainger of London (Granger from 1863/64). In 1866/67 'M. de Pass' of London became Cuthbertson of Leith, & so recorded thru 1873/74 but data is suspect (no ON # recorded)

? 399

61

Hylton (a snow)

231

Unknown to webmaster

Robert Morrison of South Shields in 1858

25440

62

Ida (a barque)

325/342

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Shotton of North Shields - G. & E. Shotton, N. S. & J. Witham in 1856

7776

63

Imogen (a snow)

305/307

Sykes & Co., of North Hylton

Barber & Co. of Sunderland

 

64

Isabella (a barque)

370/443

William Naizby, of Ford Dock Yard

Robinson of South Shields

 

65

Jane Gray (a barque)

315
later
287

John Smith, of Pallion

The vessel's initial owner was G. Gray of Newcastle for service from London to the Cape of Good Hope. Signal letters KCND. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Geo. Gray of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner. With P. Burnett the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 confirms such ownership, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises Jane Gray was her then owner. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 reports (on page 197) John Dixon, of Blyth, to be her then owner. For service from Blyth to the Baltic.

8522

66

Jane Hudson (a snow, later a brig) 1, 2 (a large 'pdf' file at Cols. 4 & 5)

263/257

J. Robinson, of Deptford?

The vessel's initial owner was G. Hudson of South Shields for service from Sunderland to Hamburg. In 1856 the executor of G. Hudson owned the vessel. From 1857/58 the vessel's owner was G. Lawson, of South Shields for service from Cork to the Mediterranean, later ex Hull. On Aug. 30, 1860, per line 278 here, the 223 ton brig was in a collision & sank at Buenos Ayres, having arrived from Liverpool. 2 of the 11 man crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by W. M. Moss. The links at left tell of a disastrous gale which struck Buenos Ayres on Aug. 29 & 30, 1860, said to be the most violent gale in 30 years. 2 ships were sunk, 18 or so ships were driven ashore, & more ships were damaged. Per such texts, Jane Hudson was driven ashore at White's Quinta. In all 13 members of the many ships' crews were lost. Y

15049

67

John Beynon (a snow)

260/270

Hodgson & Gardiner, of North Hylton

J. Beynon of Newport

 

68

John Martin (a barque)

290/303

Hylton Carr, of North Hylton

Martin & Co. of Dumfries 

 

69

Kenilworth (a ship)

526/623

S. P. Austin, of Bishopwearmouth Panns

Blair & Co.

 

70

Knight (a barque)

396/450
later
414

Todd & Brown. of North Hylton

The vessel's initial owner was J. Brooks for service from Sunderland to Aden. Registered at Newcastle. Signal letters LPJB. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists J. C. Brooks of Wallsend & J. Finley of Clifton, as the vessel's then owners. With R. Bradshaw the vessel's captain. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states John C. Brooks of Wallsend, and Jno. Finley of Clifton. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 states her then owner to be George Henry Horsfall of Liverpool.

14731

71

Kossuth (a barque)

483/559

Buchanan & Gibson

Buchanan of Sunderland

 

72

Lancashire Witch (a barque)

302/306

G. W. & W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

J. Longton of Liverpool

 

73

Lavinia (a snow)

263

John Watson, of Pallion

Rennison of North Shields

 

74

Lebanon (a barque)

400/452
later
406

George Short, of Mowbray's Quay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1862/63. Was always registered at Shields. The vessel was owned, thru 1854/55 by A. Strong of North Shields for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1855/56, G. Avery, also of North Shields, became the vessel's owner for service from Shields to India, from 1859/60 for service ex London & from 1861/62 for service ex Bristol. Turnbull's Register of 1856 confirms G. Avery of North Shields to be the vessel's owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning George Avery. The vessel became, per LR, of 406 tons in 1857/58. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'abandoned'. On Jun. 9, 1862, per line 2264 here, the 452 ton barque was abandoned at 49N/31W, in mid North Atlantic, while en route from Quebec, Canada, to Belfast, Northern Ireland, with a cargo of timber. Crew of 14 - none lost. Then owned by George Avery. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

25691

75

Liberty (a brig)

224

Unknown to webmaster

Have not so far spotted the vessel in Lloyd's Register. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records the vessel's then owners as being R. Balleny, W. Carter & J. Jefferson, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records the same three names in the different order of Jane Jefferson, R. Balleny & William Carter. Might that indicate that Jane Jefferson was the managing owner? Signal letters PGFB. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 states her then owner to be Wm. Carter of South Shields.

25486

76

Lizzie Webber (a snow)

280/213

W. G. Bennett & Co. (generally attributed to William Pile)

Rowntree of Sunderland, i.e. Thomas S. (Stephenson) Rowntree & John Webber

 

77

Loftus (a schooner)

77

George Foster

'T. Hindsn' of Stockton

 

78

Louisa (a snow)

235

Booth & Blacklock

G. Foster of Sunderland

 

79 Mary Grace (a snow)

228/205

James Hardie, of Southwick

J. Sewell of Shoreham

 

80

Mary Henzell (a barque)

373/402

M. Byers, of Strand Yard

G. Avery of North Shields - also in 1856

5684

81 Mercator (a ship)

712/834

Austin & Mills, of Southwick

Harrison of Sunderland

 

82

Merchantman (a ship) 1

926/1018

James Laing

'Somes, Br', Soames Bros. of London - in 1879 Mahanjee Hurry Doss of Calcutta

911

83 Meridian (a ship)

529/579

G. W. & W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

Hall & Co. of London

 

84 Meteor (a barque)

365/288

William Pile jun., of North Shore

Young & Co. of London

 

85 Mohi (a brig)

212

John Barkes, of Wreath Quay

Barkes & Co. of Sunderland

 

86

Morris (a snow)

218/201

Andrew Leithead, of Pallion

J. (James?) Hay of Sunderland

 

87

Mountain Maid (a barque)

340/360
later
329

Buchanan & Gibson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1864/65, owned, for that entire period by J. Gibson of North Shields. For initial service, thru 1855/56, from Shields to the Mediterranean & during the period of 1856/57 thru 1858/59 for service from Newcastle to India. From 1859/60, the barque, now of 329 tons, reverted to service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel's then owner as being J. Gibson of North Shields, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Joseph Gibson. 115.5 ft. long. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. A puzzle is why the vessel was LR listed for so very long. On Jan. 3, 1861, per line 1030 here, the 329 ton barque was lost in the Black Sea, while en route from Odessa (Ukraine, Black Sea), to the U.K. with a cargo of wheat. Crew of 11 - 2 lost. Vessel then stated to have been owned by Jas. Gibson. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss or otherwise add anything? This page refers to payments made to the surviving Mountain Maid crew members by the Shipwrecked Mariners Society & also suggests that one or maybe 2 persons named Gibson died in the disaster - widows grants were paid to Jane Gibson, aged 67, & Margaret Gibson, aged 28, (had one child). Of note, LR seems not to refer to 'Gibson' as being the vessel's captain at the time of her loss. Y

1246

88

Narayana (a barque)

372/417

John Barkes, of Wreath Quay (but re George Barker see Note)

Cowen & Co. of Newcastle

 

89

Nene Valley (a barque)

320/333

S. P. Austin, of Bishopwearmouth Panns

R. Young of Wisbeach

 

90

New Ship (1) of unknown name

180

William Reid or Reed, of Coxgreen

A Sunderland owner

 

91

New Ship (2) of unknown name

769

Arrow Leithead, of Pallion

A London owner 

 

92

Nymph (a barque)

413/449

James Laing

P. Pellier of Jersey

 

  Oak (a lighter)

 

John Smith of Pallion

 

 

93

Orestes (a barque)

520/558

John Watson, of Pallion

Shield & Co. of Newcastle

 

94 Otodini (a barque)

347/367

Richard Wilkinson, of Pallion

Shotton & Co. of Shields - G. (George), J. A. (Jane Ann), & E. (Emma) Shotton, J. (John) Witham & C. Morton in 1856

4992

95

Pactolus (a barque)

317/327

Rawson & Watson, of Southwick

S. Turney of London

 

96

Peacock (a snow, later a brig)

226

Bartram & Lister

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1871/72, owned thru 1857/58 by Peacock of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Aden, but from 1853/54 from Liverpool to Galatz (i.e. Galați, on the Danube, Eastern Romania, Black Sea). I previously had recorded here that Thos. College, Rebecca Smith & Jane Peacock were her initial owners per a Bartram's build list. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T. Colledge & J. and S. Peacock of Sunderland as her owners. In 1858/59, Dixon & Co. of Blyth, Northumberland, became her owners for service from Blyth to the Mediterranean, from 1861/62 from Blyth to the Baltic. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists John Dixon, John Harrison, Robert Burn, Wm. Hayes & John Parsons, all of Blyth, as owners of the Shields registered vessel. In 1865/66, Parsons & Co., of Blyth, are LR recorded as  her owners thru 1871/72. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, records the then North Shields registered vessel as being owned by Robert Brown, senr. of Blyth. 88.0 ft. long, signal letters HQLM. On Sep. 1, 1871, per line 1500 here, the 205 ton brig stranded on Wadorofjorden (Norway, perhaps?), while en route from Riga, Latvia, to England with a cargo of tar & wood. Crew of 7 - all lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Robert Burn. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

2753

97

Peggy (a barque)

319

J. Robinson, of Deptford

A North Shields purchaser - G. (George) Avery in 1856 & 1858

 

98

Peony (a barque) 1

344/421

John Thomas Alcock, of Low Street

T. Alcock of Sunderland

 

99

Perseverance (a schooner)

179

Unknown to webmaster

Unknown to webmaster - T. Arbuthnot Jr. in 1874/75

19548

100

Phoenician (a snow or brig)

288/241
later
198

William Petrie, of South Hylton

A vessel which had many owners in its short lifetime. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed, always as a snow, from 1852/53 thru 1862/63, owned in 1852/53 only by Hay & Co. of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1853/54 & 1854/55, the vessel, per LR, was owned by Brice & Co. of Liverpool for the same service as before. In the period of 1855/57, Gething & Co., of Newport, Wales, owned the vessel for service from Newport to the Mediterranean. S. Campbell & Co., also of Newport, is LR listed as the vessel's owner from 1857/58 thru 1859/60 for continued service to the Mediterranean ex Newport. Note, however, that Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (image soon) lists Richard Leng, Christopher Harrison & John Weighill, all of Whitby, as the then owners of the 198 ton brig. From 1860/61 to part way thru 1862/63, per LR, Leng & Co., of Whitby, owned the vessel, now of 198 tons, for service ex Hull. 'Leng' later 'R. Leng' was, per LR, the vessel's captain during the period of Leng ownership. In 1862/63, Harrison & Co., also it would seem of Whitby, owned the vessel for service from Whitby to the Baltic. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened? Y

8193

101

Pocahontas (a barque)

370/443

George Short, of Mowbray's Quay

J. (James) Leslie of North Shields - also in 1856 & 1858

11954

102

Portena (a barque)

354/361

Austin & Mills, of Southwick

Darbyshire of Liverpool

 

103

Priam (a ship)

571/604

Pearce & Thackray

J. Banks of Goole

12879

104

Prince Alfred (a ship)

825/931

John Crown, of Southwick

Pope Bros. of Plymouth

 

105

Princess Royal (a barque)

306/312

Buchanan & Gibson

Hopper & Co. of Sunderland

 

106

Prodroma (a snow) 1 (ex 2 & 3)

266/274
later
250

W. Reed of Coxgreen

The vessel was likely built for Richardson of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. From 1857/58 the vessel was owned by Rayner of Stockton, for service from Stockton, soon Liverpool, to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records the vessel as owned by C. E. & M. A. Richardson, of Sunderland. On Dec. 3, 1860, per line 459 here, the 250 ton snow was stranded at 'N. Car, Seaton Carew' (North Care Sand, Seaton Carew, nr. Hartlepool), while en route from Hamburg, Germany. None of the 11 man crew lost their lives. The vessel was then owned by Wm. Rayner. Y

919

107

Providence (a snow)

282/292

Robert Reay, of North Hylton

W. Ray of Portsmouth

 

108

Queen Bee (a barque)

310/337

William Crown, of Southwick

Bradley & Co. of Sunderland

 

109

Queen of the Teign (a barque)

284/303

Thomas Lightfoot, of Hylton Dene

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. Owned throughout by W. Stooke of Teignmouth, Devon, with W. Stooke always the vessel's captain. Always registered at Exeter it would seem. For service (1853/55) from Sunderland to Singapore, in 1855/56 ex Ramsgate, thereafter ex Liverpool, to South America from 1859/60. On Mar. 9, 1862, per line 2153 here, the 284 ton barque sank in the Bay of Biscay, while en route from Rangoon to the U.K. with a cargo of oil. Crew of 13 - none lost. Then owned by William Stooke. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us or otherwise add anything? Y

23965

110

Queen of the Wave (a barque)

446/496
later
454

William Wilkinson, of Deptford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1869/70. It was initially owned, for two years only thru 1853/54, by T. Young of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Aden. From 1854/55 thru to 1869/70, LR records G. Avery of North Shields as the vessel's owner for continued service from London, initially (in 1854/55) to Madras (now Chennai), India, from 1855/56 thru 1858/59 for service to the East Indies, & from 1859/60 for service to India. David Watts advises (thanks!) that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists the vessel as then owned by George Avery with Wm. Stork the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists G. Avery, of North Shields, as her then owner. Which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean George Avery. The vessel became of 454 tons in 1857/58. 122.0 ft. long. LR of 1869/70 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Now throughout all of the years from 1852/53 thru 1869/70, there would appear to have been only one vessel named Queen of the Wave. A vessel of the name was significantly damaged at 18S/67E in the Indian Ocean on May 30, 1860 as per this reference in an obscure 'Google' book. But the reference does not state that the vessel was then lost. Indeed it wasn't. On Aug. 15, 1861, per line 1315 here, the 454 ton barque was wrecked at Ganjam (Odisha State, E. coast of India), while en route from Madras (now Chennai) India, to Ganjam. Crew of 17 - none lost. Then owned by Geo. Avery. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

11953

111

Reaper (a snow, later a barque)

251
later
216

W. Wilkinson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1863/64. It was owned, for that entire period, per LR, by Wilkinson of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean thru 1856/57. In 1857/58, in which year the vessel became a barque, for service ex London. Ex Gloucester in 1858/59 & ex London in 1859/60, & from 1862/63 for service from Bristol to Cadiz, Spain. The vessel became of 216 tons in 1858/59. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W. Wilkinson & E. Stabb, both of Sunderland, as her then owners, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Wm. Wilkinson & Edward Stabb. Note that LR lists E. Stabb as being the vessel's captain in all the years from 1854/55 to part way thru 1862/63. 94.5 ft. long. LR of 1863/64 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Acting Consul Gollom, of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, (Brazil's southernmost State, Uruguay to its south) advised that the vessel was wrecked near Rio Grande do Sul in 1863 (no exact date mentioned) & that no lives were lost in the disaster. The vessel occurred while Reaper was en route from Cadiz, Spain, to Montevideo, Uruguay. Per 1 ex 2. The wreck is stated to be close to where Prince of Wales (also built at Sunderland) was lost in 1861. That was at Albardão. Anything you can add? Y

10593

112

Rebecca (a snow)

215/193

William Reid or Reed, of Coxgreen

J. Storm of Whitby

26145

113

Rebecca Shout (a barque)

383/375

Peverley & Charlton

Shout & Co. of South Shields

 

114

Resolution (a barque)

425/497

William Chilton, of Ayres Quay

'R. Stephns' of London

 

115

Richard Battersby (a barque)

433/528

John Smith, of Pallion

Chisholm of Liverpool. I read that in Nov. 1858, the vessel was destroyed by pirates, the value of the vessel & freight (not including the cargo) being $25,000. No indication as to where it was lost.

24539

116

Rival (a barque)

350

William Pile jun., of North Shore

A North Shields owner - in 1856, J. R. Kelso & J. Wheatley of North Shields

 

117

Roehampton (a barque)

405/469

Booth & Blacklock

Beckwith & Co. of Newcastle

 

118

Rose of Sharon (a ship)

730/870

William Wilkinson, of Deptford

J. Miller of Newcastle

15896

119

Roxburgh Castle (a ship)

1049/1121

William Pile jun., of North Shore

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1873/74, with the exception of 1867/68. It was launched, on Apl. 5, 1852, for Messrs. Green of Blackwall (London), for their India trade. 'Ornamented with a well-executed figure of Richard I', at its time the largest vessel ever built at Sunderland & the longest constructed in the North of England. Fred M. Walker advises (1 ex 2) (thanks!) that the vessel had been ordered by Richard Hay of Sunderland & was intended to be named King Richard, hence the figurehead. The vessel was owned, for its lifetime per LR, by R. (Richard) Green of London. For service, always ex London, to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, in the period of 1852/53 thru 1855/56, to India in 1856/57 & from & after 1866/67, to Australia in 1857/58 & from 1860/61 thru 1864/65. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 333, image soon) & 1870 both list the vessel, then of 1002 tons, as owned by Richd. Green of Blackwall, Middlesex, London. LR seems not to have referenced the sale of the vessel late in its life. I think that this page re the ship (1 ex (pdf) 2 - thanks so much!), advises us that on Dec. 1, 1870 the vessel was sold for £2725 to 'A/S Fregatskibet Poxburgh Castle's Rhederi' of Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark. And that on Jan. 4/5, 1872, i) the vessel stranded on the Goodwin Sands (off the coast of Kent) in a snow storm & was wrecked & ii) Captain J. A. Ebsen & 20 crew members were lost in the disaster. 182.5 ft. long, signal letters PKVQ, maybe NFVB also. I presume that the vessel's service to Australia will be well covered at Trove, Australia, but have not searched there completely yet. A part only re such data:- a) On Aug. 28, 1852, the vessel arrived at Melbourne ex London & Plymouth (left Jun. 2, 1852) with 145 passengers & cargo. It went onto to Sydney without dropping anybody off or landing cargo & arrived there on Sep. 9, 1852. It followed that route in reverse & on Nov. 14, 1852 left Melbourne with 70 passengers & the largest quantity of gold then shipped in any vessel - 178,355 ounces, about 5 tons. In late Feb. 1853 the vessel arrived at Portland, U.K.. En route it had rescued 21 crew members of a burning ship whose name is not reported. b) On Jul. 30, 1853, the vessel arrived at Melbourne ex Deal & Plymouth (left May 9, 1853). On Sep. 29, 1853 it left for London via Cape of Good Hope & arrived back in London in Feb. 1854. c) I think in 1855 the vessel landed 575 Chinese at Havana, Cuba, ex Amoy, China. d) On Jan. 4, 1856, the vessel arrived at Melbourne from London. That as far as I have checked! It takes time to read the many articles. Despite the above, the vessel's loss is at present a bit of a puzzle. This page translated by Google from the original in Danish, confirms the vessel's loss on Jan. 4, 1872, as stated above. But this page tells us that the vessel was wrecked on Jan. 5, 1872 while en route to Melbourne, Australia. While the authoritative 'The Blackwall Frigates', by Basil Lubbock, tells us on page 184 that the vessel was lost in 1876. As does 'The Good Old Days of Shipping', published in 1900. A contemporary newspaper cutting hopefully will emerge that will permit clarification of the facts. I still need to check re the vessel at Trove but could not spot any voyages to Australia in 1872. A painting of Roxburgh Castle, by James Harris, is in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Images can be seen here & here. Do note however that that work is not of 'our' Roxburgh Castle, but is rather of Roxburgh Castle built on the Thames in 1825. Can you tell us more? Y

26381

120

Sarah & Isabella (a snow)

235/244

John Barkes, of Wreath Quay

Watson of Sunderland. For service initially to the Baltic & later to the Mediterranean. On Feb. 15, 1860, per line 76 here, the 229 ton snow was stranded & presumably lost, at the island of Formentera, Balearic Islands off the E. coast of Spain, while en route from Leith to Marseilles, France, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 9 - none lost. Vessel then owned by George Watson. Y

24464

121

Satellite (a snow, later a brig)

245

Ratcliff, Spence & Co., of North Docks

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1862/63. It would seem that the owner's names caused spelling difficulties! Was always registered at Stockton. Per LR, it was initially owned by 'Trouzdale', of Stockton, for service from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany, & from 1853/54 for service from London to Australia. 'Trouzdale' is LR stated to have been the vessel's captain thru 1856/57. From 1857/58, 'Tr'wsdale' of Stockton is LR listed as the vessel's owner with 'Tr'wsdale' her captain. For continued service from London to Australia, & from 1859/60 for service ex London. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists Satelite (with one 'l'), a snow, as owned by J. & J. Trowsdale, of Stockton, with J. Trowsdale the vessel's captain, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (image soon) clarifies as meaning James & John Trowsdale. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Nov. 12, 1862, per line 2505 here, the 245 ton brig was abandoned in the Mediterranean, at 37N/18E (about 150 miles E. of Sicily), while en route from Sulina (Romania, Black Sea), to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of grain. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by James & John Trowsdal. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

27094

122

Scott (a barque) 1 Note

370
later
345

Lawson Gales, of South Hylton

Peter Scott of Sunderland

14106

123

Semiramis (a barque)

300/342

Arrow Leithead, of Pallion

M. Tweddell of South Shields - also in 1856

 

124

Senator (a barque)

318/342
later
318/312
later
309

Forest & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. It was initially owned by 'Lumsdn & S', presumably Lumsden & Sons, of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1855/56, per LR, 'Schilizzi', of Liverpool, owned the vessel  for continued service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, from 1856/57 for service ex Hull, & from 1858/59 for service from Liverpool to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. No owner name is recorded in LR of 1861/62. On Nov. 19, 1862, per line 2516 here, the 309 ton barque was abandoned in the North Atlantic, at 19N/34W, while en route from New York to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of grain. That location is far to the south, about level with Cuba & about 1200 miles off the coast of Africa. Crew of 11 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Wm. Ebenezer Barclay. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

25670

125

Shaftesbury

524/680

Oswald

J. Z. Pessan?

 

126

Sir Walter Raleigh (a barque)

410/477
later
410

John Smith, of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. It was initially owned, thru 1854/55, by W. A. Barr of London, for service from London to Port Philip (Melbourne, Australia). I was able to find, at Trove, Australia, a reference to the vessel loading at London for Melbourne on Nov. 6, 1852. But I could not spot that it later arrived at Melbourne. In 1855/56, per LR, W. Cliff of Liverpool, became the vessel's owner for service from Liverpool to the West Indies. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Aug. 15, 1861, per line 1316 here, the 410 ton barque was lost at Carew's Creek (where is it, I wonder?) while en route from Kingston, Jamaica, to Liverpool with a cargo of sugar etc. Crew of 16 - 8 lost. Then stated to be owned by William Cliff. This page references the loss also & tells us that the vessel was lost near Cosan Creek, Florida. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

1072

127

Sir William Ffolkes (or Sir William Folkes) (a barque)

317

Ratcliff, Spence & Co., of North Docks

W. Miles of Lynn

 

128

Spinning Jenny

488

Bennett & Co.

A London owner

 

129

Strathfieldsaye (a barque, later a ship)

554/656
later
600

John Haswell, of Ayre's Quay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1864/65. The vessel was initially owned by Pope & Co. of Plymouth for service ex London. In 1856/57, per LR, W. Connal of London became the vessel's owner for service from London to Akyab (now Sittwe, Myanmar) thru 1857/58 & from Clyde to New Zealand ('NZ') in 1858/59. The vessel's voyages to Australia & NZ. On Dec. 11, 1852, the vessel left Gravesend, London, via Plymouth for Melbourne, Australia, with 221 passengers & cargo. It later left for Calcutta (now Kolkata), India on Jun. 17, 1852. The vessel arrived again at Melbourne on Nov. 24, 1853. It soon went on to Sydney & on May 11, 1854 left Sydney for Hong Kong (arrived May 9, 1854). On Apl. 29, 1858, the vessel arrived at Dunedin, Otago, NZ, with 263 passengers, mainly immigrants. This extensive & informative page rather states 273 passengers. It also states that vessel became a ship in 1856. The vessel had left Greenock, Scotland, on Jan. 25, 1858, the 6th vessel with immigrants bound for Otago. The vessel had personnel problems indeed when at Otago. The vessel later left for Melbourne, on Jun. 29, 1858 (arrived Jul. 7, 1858) with a cargo of oats & wool & left for Guam on Jul. 15, 1858. In 1859/60 & 1860/61, per LR, the vessel served India ex the Clyde. In 1861/62, per LR, the vessel became owned by 'Seligmnn', presumably Seligmann, of Glasgow, for service from the Clyde to New York. This page references the vessel having gone missing, since Jan. 12, 1861, while en route from New York to Glasgow. Which data is confirmed by the Nautical Magazine of Jul. 1861 which states that the vessel sailed from New York to the Clyde on Jan. 21, 1861 & that nothing is known of her since. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. Delayed reporting I presume. 132.0 ft. long, signal letters JMGS. Is there anything you can add to the above? Y

6072

130

Susanna Dixon (a brig, later a snow)

238

John Robinson, of Deptford

W. Dixon of South Shields - also in 1856

2061

131

Time & Truth (a barque)

470/576

William Henry Pearson, of Panns

Mitcheson of London

 

132

Toledo (a snow)

245/250

William Petrie, of South Hylton

W. Hay of Sunderland

 

133

Veturia (a barque)

427/478

Peter Austin

S. Austin of Sunderland

 

134

Victoria Regia (a ship)

618/739

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT, of North Sand

Nicholson of Sunderland

24741

135

Warrior Queen (a barque)

268/243
later
227

G. W. & W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

This launch announcement is, it is believed, for Warrior Queen, launched on Apl. 7, 1852. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1852/53 thru 1882/83. It is LR listed as a snow thru 1855/56 & thereafter as a barque. I suspect that the vessel was always a barque but must note that in 1880 the vessel was listed as a brig. It was owned thru 1853/54 by Bradley & Co. of Sunderland, initially for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean & in 1853/54 for service ex London. In 1854/55 per LR, but only in that year, the vessel was owned by J. Longton of Liverpool for service from Liverpool to the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). From 1855/56 thru 1861/62, J. Buckley, of Wisbech thru 1859/60 & thereafter of Boston, owned the vessel with 'W. Buckly' the vessel's captain thru 1859/60. Under 'Buckley' ownership, the vessel served Buenos Ayres, Argentina, ex Liverpool in 1855/56 & 1856/57 & thereafter served ex London. Until 1861/62 that is when it served ex Hull. The vessel became of 227 tons in 1860/61. The LR editions of 1862/63 thru 1865/66 list no owner name or port of registration, but still indicate service ex Hull. Normally such omissions might signify that the vessel had been lost, however in this case that seems not to be the case. From 1866/67 thru 1870/80, LR reports the vessel as owned by Scrafton & Co. of Middlesbrough (from 1876/77 M. Scrafton & Co.) for service from 1866/67 thru 1874/75 of Stockton to France. Note that LR does not provide details of a vessel's proposed service after 1874/75. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 & 1870 both record Matthew Scrafton of Middlesboro', Yorkshire, as the vessel's then owner. In 1879/80, per LR, J. Raymond of Whitby owned the vessel, however the Mercantile Navy List of 1880 rather lists James Rayment of Whitby as her owner (and the 221 ton vessel as a brig). In 1882/83, C. R. Pattinson, also of Whitby, became, per LR, the vessel's owner. LR of 1882/83 notes that the vessel had been 'SUNK'. Signal letters PBGW. I cannot advise what exactly happened to the vessel in or about 1882. Can you help in that regard or otherwise add anything? If so, do consider advising the webmaster. Y

24540

136

Washington (a barque)

440/486

William Naizby, of Ford Dock Yard

R. Sloman of Hamburg, Germany

 

137

Wilkinsons (a snow)

240

Havelock & Robson, of North Dock

Wilkinsons of Hartlepool. It would seem that the vessel was likely abandoned at sea in Nov. 1858.

 26144

138

William

590/703

Arrow Leithead, of Pallion

John Hay of Sunderland

24738

139

William Brown (a barque)

403/439
later
391

Booth & Blacklock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. It was initially owned, thru 1860/61 (I think), by W. Brown, presumably William Brown, of Whitby. Initially for service from Sunderland to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in 1854/55 for service from London to Ceylon. The vessel thereafter served out of London including to Hobart Town, Tasmania, in 1855/56. Via Trove, Australia, the webmaster has tracked the vessels voyages 'down-under'. It would seem that the vessel served only Hobart, the earliest reference he spotted being to the vessel leaving Hobart for Ceylon in ballast on Jan. 26, 1854. The vessel made 3 later voyages to Hobart:- 1) The vessel left London on Nov. 9, 1854 & arrived at Hobart on Feb. 26, 1855. It left for London on May 12, 1885 with a cargo of wool. 2) The vessel left Gravesend, London, on Dec. 23, 1855 & arrived at Hobart on Apl. 17, 1856. It left for London on Jul. 12 or 13, 1856, & was seen off Plymouth on Oct. 13, 1856. 3) On Jan. 6, 1857, the vessel left Deal for Hobart arriving there on Apl. 24, 1857. On May 19, 1857 the vessel left for Ceylon. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W. Brown of Whitby as owner of the Sunderland registered vessel, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning William Brown. In 1861/62 the vessel became of 391 tons. LR of 1861/62 is most difficult to read. I think it says that 'Cantillion' became the vessel's new owner for service from London to New Zealand ('NZ'). But I may well have misread the text & owner's name. On Oct. 2, 1861, per line 1384 here, the 391 ton barque burned at sea while en route from London to New Plymouth, NZ, with a general cargo. Crew of 12 - 1 lost. Then stated to be owned by Thos. M. Usborne. I read that the vessel left London on or about Sep. 7, 1861 & the Downs on Sep. 17, 1861 bound for Nelson/New Plymouth, NZ, it would seem under charter to Shaw & Savill. Captain Barclay was in command with 11 or 12 passengers aboard. On Oct. 2, 1861, near the Western Islands (The Azores) a fire broke our in the vessel's forepart 'supposed to be (caused) by the bursting of some tins of oil or turpentine...' At 36.44N/12.3W, about 550 miles W. of Gibraltar. The crew fought the fire for about 4 hours but could not bring it under control. One crew member, a steward, unfortunately died, said to have suffocated. At 11 p.m., with difficulty, they lowered the boats & the passengers & remaining crew all abandoned ship. Fortunately, a brig saw the flames in the distance & came on the scene. It arrived soon after 1:00 a.m. on Oct. 3, 1861, found the barque empty of life, searched for boats & picked up the passengers & crew from the sea. In due course all were landed at Madeira. The saviour was Hedrig Charlotta, a Swedish brig from Stockholm, en route to Rio de Janeiro with a cargo of salt. The loss of the barque is extensively covered here ex here. A passenger's account of her experience can be read here. This page references the loss also. Can you tell us more? Y

4331

140

William Wheatley (a barque)

334/369

S. Hodgson

Wheatley of Shields - H. Wheatley in 1856

2058

141

William & June

42

James Laing

 

 

142

Witch of the Wave (a barque)

230/233

Edward Bailey, of Pallion

J. Tinn of Newcastle, registerd at Shields

 

143

Woodbine (a snow)

296/296

Robert Reay, of North Hylton

W. Doxford of Sunderland

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1852? Do please advise me if you know. 'Where Ships Are Born' states 142 vessels & 56,645 tons. As does Christie's Shipping Register of 1858. Can you help correct the above list?

1853 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

The list below is derived from many sources. It is currently being expanded with data that originates in a list of vessels built at Sunderland in 1853 contained within Marwood’s Shipping Register of 1854-55. We thank David Watts for transcribing such data & for making it available for inclusion here.

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Abyssinian (a barque)

366/361

Lister & Bartram, of North Hylton

J. Charlton of Sunderland

 

2

African (a ship)

780/888
later
774

John Smith, of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1863/64. It was, per LR, owned thru 1856/57 by J. Gregg of Belfast, Northern Ireland, for service from Sunderland to India until 1855/56 & ex London in 1856/57. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel as registered at Sunderland rather than Belfast & owned by J. C. Gregg & J. Henry, both of Belfast. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists her then owners as being James C. Gregg & John Henry, both of Belfast, & James D. Entwistle of Sydenham Strand Town, a part of or close to Belfast, it would appear. The 'C' in J. C. Gregg apparently means Cranston. From 1857/58 to 1863/64, LR records Gibson of London as the vessel's new owner with J. (Joseph) Gibson the vessel's captain throughout. For service from Liverpool to Australia in 1857/58, from London to Australia in 1858/59 & 1859/60 & ex London thereafter. The vessel's voyages to southern waters ex Trove, Australia - i) The vessel arrived at Melbourne on May 24, 1857 ex London (left Jan. 29, 1857) with 18 passengers. It left in Jun. 1857 for Guam, in ballast. ii) On Sep. 20, 1858, the vessel arrived at Adelaide, ex London (left May 4, 1858). It later left Adelaide on Nov. 21, 1858, in ballast, maybe for Guam & arrived at Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), on Dec. 25, 1858. iii) On Jun. 30, 1860 African arrived at Auckland, New Zealand, ex London & Plymouth, with 130 passengers. iv) It arrived at Auckland again ex London on Jun. 8, 1861. v) There must have been yet another voyage to Auckland. On Oct. 8, 1862, the vessel arrived at Sydney from Auckland in ballast. It put into Fremantle (Perth) on Nov. 28, 1862 for water. It then must have left for Geraldton (424 km. N. of Perth) to load copper ore & wool, intending to return to Fremantle to complete its loading & return to London. 157.5 ft. long. LR of 1863/64 notes that the vessel had been 'Condemned'. When I read that word my mind thinks of ships in tropical waters whose timbers became infected with worms. That is not what happened - the word 'Condemned' was perhaps an unfortunate choice. This is what happened. African loaded copper ore & wool at Geraldton & on Jan. 1, 1863, left Champion Bay, Geraldton, for Fremantle. She ran into heavy weather, took on water big-time & on Jan. 4, 1863 determined to return to Champion Bay to ride out the storm. The vessel hit a reef, stated to be about 12 miles S. of Point Moore, a reef that Captain Joseph Gibson stated was not on his charts. Badly damaged, & with almost 6 ft. of water in its holds, the vessel made it to Champion Bay where it ran aground on the morning of Jan. 5, 1863, very close to the jetty there. The cargo was unloaded with only limited loss & damage. A survey was carried out on the condition of the ship. The vessel apparently could not be repaired at Champion Bay & Gibson had insufficient funds to take the ship elsewhere. So he abandoned the vessel as a constructive total loss. Another storm hit the area on Mar. 23, 1863, long after Captain Gibson had left the area - he had arrived at Fremantle aboard the 46 ton Favourite on Mar. 2, 1863. African was driven about 5 km. to the N. & ended up aground near the mouth of the Chapman River. What had happened, particularly the legal matters, is too long a story to be covered here. Essentially the hull was auctioned off to Lionel Samson for £70 - the cargo had been sold at auction for £350. Timbers from the vessel were salvaged & used by William Garrard, a local shipwright, to build two schooners (Mary Ann, ON 36551 & Lass of Geraldton, ON 52231) & Albatross, an 18 ton sailing lighter. Those vessels have their own interesting histories - William Garrard & 7 others lost their lives when Albatross was later wrecked. Most of African was 'recycled', but parts of the hull remain in situ to this day - sometimes visible, at other times covered by many feet of sand. Do visit this fine 'Western Australian Museum' page to read the full & interesting history. There are many newspaper articles available also at Trove. Is there anything you can add? Y

23091

3

Albatross (a barque)

387/453
later
397

Ralph Hutchinson, of North Quay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1872/73, owned for that entire period, per LR, by A. Strong of North Shields. For initial service from Sunderland to the East Indies, later, in 1858/59 & 1859/60, for service from Liverpool to Aden, in 1860/61 for service from Shields to the Black Sea & thereafter for service ex Shields, mainly to the Mediterranean, but in 1862/63 for service to Mauritius. Turnbull's register of 1856 lists A. Strong of North Shields as her then owner. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Anthony Strong. It would appear that the vessel was always registered at Shields, thru 1870 at least. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 records the vessel as then owned by Anthony Strong of Tynemouth. While the 1870 equivalent records the vessel as owned by John Leadley of Whitby, Yorkshire. 115.0 ft. long, signal letters MDTF. LR of 1872/73 notes 'wrecked'. On Nov. 13, 1872, per line 2697 here, the 397 ton barque stranded at Oeland (Öland island, Baltic Sea, Sweden), while en route from Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) to Newcastle with a cargo of deals & iron. Crew of 11 - none lost. The vessel was then stated to be owned by Geo. Mather. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or add anything additional? Y

16998

4

Anne (a barque)

382/393

George Short, of Mowbray's Quay

Eltringham of Sunderland

 

5

Antipodes (a ship)

648

James Laing

Riddell of London - have previously listed Brown & Co.

 

6

Aurifera (a barque)

459/490
later
387

Forrest & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1865/66 only, but with limited detail beyond 1860/61. Was initially owned by Schlessinger for service ex Liverpool to Australia. From 1856/57, 'R.  Dambril' was her owner, & Dambrill (no initials listed) was her captain. For service ex Liverpool, initially to Rio de Janeiro, soon to Algoa Bay (E. coast of South Africa), & later ex London. No owner name is LR recorded after 1860/61. 133.0 ft. long, signal letters HMFP. Was registered at Liverpool thru 1860/61. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1870 records the 436 ton barque as owned by James Orkney of Melbourne, Australia & registered there. On Jul. 24, 1870, per line 286 here, the 387 ton barque foundered at sea while en route from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, to New Caledonia (French islands, 750 miles off Australian E. coast) with 600 tons of coal. The vessel had encountered a severe northerly gale, & became seriously damaged with 9 feet of water in her holds. The crew abandoned her 350 miles off Lord Howe Island & in tough conditions reached that island on Jul. 30, 1870, in the only available boat. Crew of 11 (rather than 22) - none lost. Then said (line 286) to have been owned by Alex. McEwan but actually owned by Captain C. W. (Charles William) Gallois. The National Insurance Company & other insurance companies later claimed that Gallois had deliberately scuttled the vessel - something to do with a missing ship's auger - but the case against Gallois was in due course dismissed. Lots of data about the court case is available via Trove, Australia. Strangely, even though she was lost in 1870, the vessel was still MNL listed in 1880, stated to be then owned by John Levitt of Melbourne. Other data at Trove. On Aug. 20, 1869, the vessel arrived at Walleroo, near Adelaide, with the Governor of Western Australia, F. A. Weld, & his wife aboard, rescued from Balcluthea, a steamer, which had broken her shaft. In or about Aug. 1869, the vessel had been sold privately for £1,700, I believe to John Lovitt, later her captain.  Y

1974

7

Auxiliar (a barque)

368/455

George Worthy, of Southwick

Hansell of Shields

 

8

Banshee (a barque)

319/332

William Spowers, of Hylton

Potts & Co. of Sunderland

 

9

Barbara Ann (a snow)

302/310

Dennis Douglas, of Southwick

J. Morrison of Newcastle. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists James Morrison of Howden Pans, as the then owner of 'Barbara & Ann'. With J. Laughton the vessel's captain.

20118

10

Beecher Stowe (a barque)

346/352

Ratcliff, Spence & Co., of North Docks

G. Avery of North Shields

2140

11

Belisama (a barque)

375/398

Rawson, Watson & Co., of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1873/74, owned thru 1861/62 by J. Norman of Liverpool, initially for service from Sunderland to London & from 1859/60 for service ex Leith, Scotland. This launch announcement, which incorrectly names the vessel Belisarna, advises that the vessel was built for Messrs. E. Lumsden and Sons but was resold by them to John Norman of Liverpool, who intended to use the vessel on the London to Australia trade. So far as I can see, the vessel did not sail to Australia, but it did leave Gravesend, London, on Nov. 7, 1856 for Lyttelton, New Zealand, with a few passengers & a full cargo. In mid May 1857, after a stay of 3 months, the vessel left Lyttelton with 759 bales of wool, bound for London. On Aug. 6, 1859, the vessel was reported to be at Cronstadt, St. Petersburg, Russia, to load a cargo of candles. It had been damaged in the Baltic but had been repaired. In 1861/62, per LR, J. Patchett, also of Liverpool, became the vessel's owner, thru 1866/67, for service ex Liverpool thru 1863/64 & service thereafter ex London. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 41, image soon) lists Benjamin Patchett of Liverpool as the then owner of the 371 ton barque. LR has things differently. They advise that in 1866/67, W. Walker of Leeds acquired the vessel for service from London to Table Bay, South Africa, & remained her owner thru 1873/74. It should be noted, however, that the vessel is not listed in the Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1868 & 1870. The vessel may well have been lost by then. 119.0 ft. long, signal letters NVLK. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

24128

12

Bella Dona (a barque)

401/408

Robert Reay, of North Hylton

J. How of Bideford

 

13

Blenheim (a barque)

425/456

Unknown to webmaster

A. Strong of North Shields

26312

14

British Tar (a barque)

378/417
later
382

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62, owned throughout by J. Dryden of North Shields. For service initially from Sunderland to Aden (thru 1854/55), in 1855/56 for service from Shields to Aden & thereafter thru 1860/61 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. In 1861/62, LR notes service from Southampton to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being J. Dryden of North Shields, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean John Dryden. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Dec. 26, 1861, per line 1544 here, the 382 ton barque was abandoned at sea, at 39N/52W, roughly 1500 miles E. of New York, while en route from New York to Falmouth. Crew of 14 - none lost. No cargo is referenced but it would seem that the vessel was carrying grain. Vessel then stated to be owned by John Dryden. Can you tell us more about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

899

15

Buchanan (a barque)

339/343

Buchanan and Gibson

Buchanan of Sunderland

 

16

Burlington (a ship)

652/778
later
788

J. & R. Mills, of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1872/73, owned for that entire period, per LR, by J. Lidgett of London. For initial service from London to Australia, from 1858/59 for service from London to Hobart Town, Tasmania, from 1865/66 for service from London to Australia again. In a couple of years, i.e. 1867/68 & 1868/69, service from Milford (possibly Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales) to India is referenced, & thereafter ex London - to India where indicated. The Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1867 (page 56) & 1870 record the vessel as then owned by J. J. Lidgett of London. 145.0 ft. long, signal letters LQKN. LR of 1872/73 notes 'wrecked'. On May 1, 1872, per line 2414 here, the 788 ton ship was wrecked at Madras (now Chennai), India. The vessel, at anchor at Madras, with a cargo of cotton & sugar aboard, was driven ashore by an unusually intense cyclone that not only destroyed Burlington but also destroyed 8 other British ships including John Scott & Kingdom of Belgium, both built at Sunderland. Many local vessels were destroyed also & many others were damaged, as was the Madras pier & the city itself. A contemporary newspaper article ex Trove, Australia (thanks!), about the cyclone. Crew of 19 - none lost. The vessel was then stated to be owned by John Lidgett. It would seem that the Lidgett family lost two vessels in a single day in this weather disaster - John Scott was owned by George Lidgett. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

14994

17

Burmah (a ship)

620/718

Booth & Blacklock

Blair & Co. of Sunderland

 

18

Bury St. Edmunds (a ship)

701

William Wilkson (Wilkinson?), of Deptford

Blyths & Green, of London

 

19

Byzantium (a barque)

330/332

Ratcliff, Spence & Co., of North Docks

Clough & Co. of North Shields - R. & G. Clough & C. Wilson in 1856

 

20

Cairo (a barque)

381/395
later
395
later
349

Thomas Lightfoot, of Hylton Dene

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1861/62. It was owned, thru 1860/61, by Glaholm & Co. of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, which service became Shields to the Mediterranean thereafter. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Jno. Glaholm & Jas. Kelly, both of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owners. With James Kelly the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises that J. Glaholm of Newcastle was her then owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning John Glaholm. LR of 1861/62 indicates no owner name which suggests that the vessel may well have been sold. LR of 1861/62 also notes that the vessel had been 'Abandoned'. On Oct. 30, 1861, per line 1415 here, the 349 ton barque stranded in the Sea of Azof (Black Sea). No vessel routing or cargo is indicated. Crew of 12 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by John Clarke. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

22639

21

Calabar (a ship)

665/754

Arrow Leithead, of Pallion

John Hay of Sunderland

 

22

Caldera (a ship)

625/826

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

John Hay of Sunderland

 

23

Catherine Pemberton (a barque)

313

John Smith, of Pallion

Pemberton of London

6098

24

City of Carlisle (launched as Queen Victoria) (a ship) 1 Note

766/936

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel was initially owned by E. Graham & registered at Newcastle for service to London. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Edmund Graham of Gateshead, as the vessel's then owner. With W. Storey the vessel's captain. On Feb. 28, 1854, City of Carlisle was one of many ships engaged by the British Government for service as transport ships re the Crimean War. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that E. Grahame was in 1854 the vessel's owner & that City of Carlisle 'Conveyed artillery, gun-carriages, and horses to Constantinople and Varna ; afterwards employed on various services in the Black Sea'. Varna is in Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast. Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises E. Graham of Newcastle to be her owner. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises E. Graham of Gateshead

24706

25

Clara (a ship, later a barque)

629/708
later
623

Unknown to webmaster but possibly Haswell

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1882/83. Owned, thru 1861/62, per LR, by J. Luscombe (John Henry Luscombe) of London, for initial service from Sunderland to London & from 1854/55 for service ex London. Diane Oldman tells us, in her fine page available here, that in Mar. 1857, Clara left London under the command of Captain Henry Peachey, for the Swan River Colony at Fremantle, Western Australia. With, ultimately, 262 male convicts looked after by 30 pensioner guards & their families (95 in all). The vessel left Portsmouth on Mar. 5, 1857 & then loaded convicts at Portland Prison, Dorset. They had trouble in getting a full load of convicts apparently! A couple were married en route, on May 29, 1857. On May 9, 1857 the ship was at Table Bay, South Africa & left there on May 31, 1857 to be seen off Fremantle on Jul. 1, 1857. She could not come immediately into port, however. A major storm hit the area & she was in fact lucky to arrive at all. She went out to sea to weather the storm & was driven right over Murray Reef, at nearby Rockingham, a reef which was normally covered by only 6 ft. of water. She was able to anchor & when the storm had somewhat abated, found a gap in the reef & escaped to the open sea again - to finally arrive at Fremantle on Jul. 3, 1857. All as per these Trove Australia newspaper cuttings (1 & 2). On or about Aug. 1, 1857, she left Fremantle for Point de Galle, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in ballast. In 1861/62, the vessel became, per LR, owned (for the rest of its life) by Stuart & Co. (which means, I read, Peter Stuart & Peter Douglas) of Liverpool, (from 1876/77 Stuart & Douglas), for service from Liverpool to India (in 1861/62 & 1862/63), from Liverpool to Africa in the period of 1863 thru 1867, thereafter to India i) ex Liverpool in 1867/68 & 1868/69 & also 1871/72 thru 1873/74 & ii) ex London in 1869/70 & 1870/71. However, the Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1867 & 1870 & also later such lists thru 1882 (select sail, on page 231) all list Peter Douglas, of Liverpool, as the then owner of the vessel, listed at 650 tons in 1867 & 623 tons in 1870 & later. The vessel became per LR listed at 623 tons in 1867/68 & became a barque in 1874/75. LR of 1882/83 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 144.5 ft. long, signal letters PKTW. I cannot yet tell you what happened to the vessel & when. Is there anything you can add? Y

26370

26

Conciliator (a barque)

338/357

Unknown to webmaster

Atkinson of North Shields - M. H., W. H. & J. Atkinson in 1856

27076

27

Countess of Bective (a barque)

377/426
later
377/394

T. & B. Tiffin, of Glasshouse Reach

The webmaster has not fully researched this vessel which is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1869/70. Owned, throughout that entire period, by Nicholson & Co. of Sunderland. For initial service, thru 1855/56, from Sunderland to Coquimbo, Chile, & thereafter for service from Swansea, Wales to the West Indies. I spotted a reference to the vessel being a 'copper barque'. I presume that may mean that the vessel carried copper ore from Cuba & Coquimbo, both noted for their copper mines. 115.0 ft. long, signal letters LMCT. Turnbull's Shipping Register of 1856 lists 'Cont. of Becktive' as owned by W. Nicholson, sen., W. Nicholson, jun., and J. Nicholson, all of Sunderland. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies such owner names as meaning William Nicholson, sen., William Nicholson, jun., and John  Nicholson - of Countess of Bective. The vessel, returning to Swansea ex Cuba in 1862, lost five of her crew due to yellow fever and one from brain fever. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists William Nicholson as her then owner. LR of 1869/70 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. The circumstances of her loss are not yet to hand. This listing was started having seen this newspaper cutting (in blue) concerning the vessel returning to Swansea having suffered considerable damage in a storm in early Dec. 1863. Hopefully more data in the future. Y

14188

28

Crest of the Wave, later Gurli, Tomaso T. (a ship, later a barque)

924/856
later
776
later
805
later
708

William Pile Jun., of North Shore

A Henry Scott (1911/1966) painting of the vessel was sold on Sep. 11, 2013 - see here. John Raphael Isaacs (1808/1870) made a lithograph of the vessel (2nd image down on this page). Do visit this fine site (Lars Bruzelius) for extensive detail about the vessel's ownership & voyage history. The vessel seems to have been Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1892/93 with three different vessel names. I say 'seems to have been' because not all LR editions are available to the webmaster. Sister ship to Spray of the Ocean. The launch of the vessel (stated to be a barque) on Oct. 3, 1853. The launch of the vessel as reported in Australia. Per LR, Brice & Co., of Liverpool, was the ship's initial owner thru 1860/61, in which year Friend & Co., i.e. E. C. Friend, also of Liverpool, became her owner thru 1867/68. Brice & Co. surely means Brice, Friend & Co. & the 1860/61 change of ownership may therefore be a transfer rather than a sale. During such period of Brice/Friend ownership, the vessel, per LR, served Australia from Sunderland (in 1854/55), served ex Liverpool, & served China ex London (in the period of 1858/1861). On Apl. 26, 1854, the vessel arrived at Hobson's Bay, Melbourne, after a voyage of 74 days only from Liverpool (left Feb. 12, 1854). A feat not accomplished by any other sailing vessel. With a full cargo & 33 or so passengers & under the command of John Steele. The vessel later left for Ceylon & Bombay on or about Jun. 13, 1854. In 1861/62 the vessel served Australia ex London, in 1862/64 served China ex Liverpool, served Australia ex Liverpool in 1864/65 & London to China again in 1865/66. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1867 (page 86, image soon) lists John Hay of Cresswell House, near Sunderland, as the vessel's  then owner, an owner name not LR referenced, while MNL of 1868 lists Edward C. Friend of Liverpool. In 1867/68, the vessel became of 776 tons, owned per LR by Wright Bros. of London (MNL of 1870 lists Andrew Wright of London) thru 1876/77 at least (LR of 1877/78 is not available). For service from Leith, Scotland, to China, thru 1869/70, & ex London thereafter. In 1878/79, the vessel, now a barque of 805 tons, became owned by Bullard King & Co. of London, thru 1880/81 per LR, however, the 1880 edition of MNL lists Daniel King of London as her then owner. Soon thereafter, the vessel was sold to Swedish interests. In 1881/82 the vessel, renamed Gurli, was owned by E. T. Stromberg of Gothenburg, Sweden, with 'Stromberg' the vessel's captain. Bruzelius, however states that the vessel was rather sold, in Dec. 1880, to Johannes Andersson and Alfred Theodor Strömberg, of Göteborg, & that  Alfred Theodor Strömberg became Gurli's captain. Per LR, J. A. Göthe, also of Gothenburg, became the vessel's owner in 1886/87, with 'Stromberg' continuing to serve as her captain. In 1888/89, per LR, A. F. Strömberg of Gothenburg became the vessel's owner, thru 1889/90, with A. T. Strömberg serving as her captain. It would seem that Gurli was active in Australian waters from 1880 thru 1887 under 3 different captains i.e. J. E. Luryberg, Victor Dunneberg & Wannberg. I presume that Trove, Australia, would have additional references. The vessel seems not to be recorded in LR of 1890/91. In 1892/93, however, the vessel, now named Tomaso T. of 708 tons became owned by T. G. Tarabochia of Trieste, (then Austria now Italy). Sold per Bruzelius in May 1891. I read that the vessel was condemned in Sep. 1892. 180.0 ft. long, later (1878/79) 184.3 ft., later (1887/88) 175.8 ft. long, signal letters LVNW, later (1892/93) HSLT. Is there anything that you can add? Y

15990

29

Criterion (a barque)

267/270

James Laing

J. Longton of Liverpool. I have previously referenced Ferguson

 

 

Deptford (a barque) See here

361/358

Hodgson & Gardiner, of North Hylton

J. Robinson of Deptford, Sunderland

17490

30

Dumfries (a barque)

305/318

G. W. and W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

Thompson of Shields - R. & A. Thompson in 1856

26964

31

E. D. T. (a barque)

375/396

Pile & Smart, of North Sand

Thompson of South Shields - J. L. Thompson & H. Lee in 1856

2219

32

Eaglet (a snow)

217

R. H. Potts & Brothers, of Low Street

Potts & Co. of Sunderland

 

33

Earl of Shaftesbury (a ship)

518/599

Booth & Blacklock

The webmaster has not researched this vessel which was however owned by P. Tindall of London for service from London to Madras (now Chennai), India. On Mar. 6, 1854, Earl of Shaftesbury was one of many ships engaged by the British Government for service as transport ships re the Crimean War. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that P. Tindall was in 1854 the vessel's owner & that Earl of Shaftesbury 'Conveyed artillery, gun-carriages, and horses to Constantinople ; afterwards employed as an artillery stores-ship in the Black Sea'. Also 'this ship has been employed as a magazine for artillery stores for the army since the date of her arrival at Constantinople. Can you add anything additional?

 

34

Eena (a barque)

425/477

William Wilkinson, of Deptford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1881/82. Owned, thru 1857/58, per LR, by J. Towse of London, for service from London to Sydney, Australia (in 1854/55) & from London to China thereafter. Eena, under the command of J. Pounder, left Sydney, New South Wales on Jun. 18, 1854 for London, with a cargo that included gold & specie (gold coins). In 1858/59 & 1859/60, per LR, S. Ingled'w of Stockton (Ingledew?) was the vessel's owner for continued service from London to China. In 1860/61, J. Lidgett of London, became the vessel's owner thru 1871/72, for service ex London to India (in 1861/62 & 1862/63), for service to the Swan River Colony in Western Australia (from 1863/64 thru 1866/67), for service from London to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, in 1867/68, & thereafter ex London. On Jul. 18, 1863, the vessel arrived at Fremantle (Swan River) with about 70 immigrants & left for Singapore on Aug. 31, 1863 with a cargo of sandalwood. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 107, image soon) lists J. J. Lidgett, of London, as her then owner while the equivalent list of 1870 records George Lidgett. In 1871/72, per LR. the vessel was acquired by Maresca & Co. of Naples, Italy. They owned the vessel, per LR, thru 1881/82, with F. Maresca always serving as her captain. The vessel is not listed, so far as I can see, after 1881/82. 124.5 ft. long, signal letters QNDP. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel, or otherwise add anything? Y

31000

35

Egmont (a ship)

695/767

John Haswell, of Ayre's Quay

Willis & Co. of London

23220

36

Elizabeth Wright (a schooner)

158/103

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

Wright & Co. of Sunderland

2730

37

Elizabeth & Emily (a barque)

348/356

Peter Gibson, of Ayre's Quay

Briggs & Co. of Stockton

 

38

Epsom (a ship)

556/619
later
547

G. W. & W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1870/71. Owned for her entire lifetime, per LR, by Temperley & Co. of London. For service, thru 1857/58, from London to Sydney, New South Wales ('NSW'), Australia, from London to China in the period of 1858/1861, from London to Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, in 1861/62 & later ex London. In 1854/55 & 1855/56, per LR, Temperley was the vessel's captain, but that would seem not to have been so. Certainly re the vessel's voyages to Australia in 1853 thru 1856 Buckland was her captain. I learn that the vessel left London on Jul. 29, 1853  for Sydney, via Portsmouth, arriving at Sydney on Nov. 17, 1853. It later left for Hong Kong on Jan. 4, 1854. On Apl. 1, 1854, Epsom left Hong Kong for Jamaica with voluntary emigrant agricultural labourers. On Jul. 30, 1854, it arrived at Falmouth, Jamaica, with 267 only of the original 310 agricultural workers (coolies). On Jan. 20, 1855, the vessel left Liverpool for Port Philip, Melbourne, arriving there on Apl. 26 or 27, 1855 with 253 Government immigrants for Geelong. On Jun. 1, 1855 the vessel left Melbourne for either Madras (now Chennai), India or Guam (reports differ). On Aug. 17, 1856, the vessel left Melbourne for Guam having arrived earlier ex London. And in late Dec. 1856, the vessel was loading at Manila for Shanghai, China. Some years later ... on Aug. 9, 1863 the vessel arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand ('NZ'), from London with gunpowder & the plant for the Lyttelton & Christchurch railway. On Nov. 3, 1865, Epsom left Gravesend for Wellington, NZ, arriving there on Mar. 3, 1866 after a voyage of 119 days. On May 4, 1866 it left for Newcastle, NSW, there to take on 740 tons of coal for Java, departing on Jul. 1, 1866. Later, on Nov. 2, 1866 the vessel left Java for Sydney with a cargo of sugar & coffee, & on Mar. 7, 1867, left Sydney for London. There may well be more voyages to Australia & NZ recorded at Trove & at Papers Past.. The Merchant Navy List of 1867 (page 126, image soon), & also 1868, lists John Temperley of London as her then owner. The vessel is not listed in the equivalent list of 1870. 143.0 ft. long, signal letters LFBK. Brian Bouchard advises (thanks!) that Epsom was a clipper running from London to New Zealand conveying migrants to Australia and Chinese coolies to work in Jamaica. During 1860 it was used to transport military invalids from Hong Kong to Falmouth, U.K., after the Second Opium War. Apparently it was taken out of business in 1869/70 when the Suez canal was completed. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel and/or otherwise add anything? Y

12966

39

Euphrosyne (a ship, later a barque)

398/446
later
387
later
367

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1879/80. Owned, thru 1864/65, per LR, by Coxon & Co. of North Shields. This launch announcement advises that the vessel was launched on Mar. 24, 1853 for Thomas Coxon of North Shields & E. N. Grace of Newcastle, who intended to use the vessel on the Mediterranean & Indian trade. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records J. Coxon of North Shields & E. N. Grace of Byker Hill as her then owners. That reference to J. Coxon is probably in error since Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises Thomas Coxon & E. N. Grace. LR records the vessel's 'Coxon' service as being thru 1855/56 for service to the Mediterranean ex Sunderland, from Shields to the Black Sea in 1856/57, from Shields to Aden in the period of 1857/58 thru 1861/62 & thereafter from Belfast to the Mediterranean. The vessel became of 387 tons in 1856/57. In 1864/65, the vessel, now per LR a barque, became owned by T. Knox of Shields thru 1867/68 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 129, image soon) lists Thomas Knox of North Shields as her then owner. In 1867/68, Hodgson & Co. of Blyth became the vessel's owner for, per LR, the balance of the vessel's lifetime. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records Joseph Hodgson of Blyth as her then owner as do later editions thru 1879. For service from Blyth to Aden in 1867/68 & 1868/69, from Holland to Singapore from 1869/70 thru 1872/73. And for service in 1873/74 for service from Blyth to Ascension Island (& possibly to the Baltic). The vessel became of 367 tons in 1872/73. 118.0 ft. long, signal letters NQJR. LR of 1879/80 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. No data is yet to hand that provides detail as to what happened to her. Can you tell us what finally happened to Euphrosyne and/or otherwise add anything? Y

23141

40

Eva (a barque)

290

Hodgson & Gardiner, of North Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70. Owned for her entire lifetime, per LR, by Hick & Co. of Scarborough, initially for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, soon ex London & from 1861/62 for service from London to the West Indies. Was always registered at Scarborough. Thru 1856/57, LR indicates that W. Hick was the vessel's captain. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (image soon) lists Thomas Hick, William Tucker, William Robson & others, all of Scarborough, as the then owners of the 291 ton barque. The vessel is not recorded in the Merchant Navy List of 1867 (page 129). I mention that in view of the vessel continuing to be LR listed thru 1869/70, when it had been lost in 1862. 104.0 ft. long. On Nov. 21, 1862, per line 2519 here, the 258 ton barque was stranded near Fox Island (Miramichi Bay), while en route ex Newcastle (Miramichi), New Brunswick, Canada. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Thos. Hick. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

24666

41

Evangeline (a barque)

335
later
292

Bartram & Lister, but have also read John & Robert Candlish, of Southwick

I first need to refer to certain matters as yet unresolved re this vessel. Specifically:- i) A 'Bartram' build list which originated from the files of Mr. Kit Bartram, lists an Evangeline of 335 tons, whose keel was laid down by Bartram & Lister on Nov. 14, 1851, for J. Douglas of Monkwearmouth. ii) A Sunderland build list, amazingly accurate but of unknown origin, includes Evangeline, of 335 tons built in 1852 by J. Candlish. iii) Gail Franklin advises (thanks Gail1) that on Sep. 3, 1852, the Durham Chronicle reported that Evangeline, a barque, had been launched from the yard of J. & R. Candlish of Southwick, intended for the Mediterranean trade. iv) Lloyd's Register always refers to the vessel as built in 1853, while Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists the vessel as rather built in 1852. Can anybody help clarify such confusing data? Which still leaves me not 100% sure as to who built her & when.
The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62. Launched just prior to Sep. 3, 1852, as above. Owned, thru 1856/57 per LR, by J. Douglas of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to China (1853/54 & 1854/55) & later (from 1855/56) ex Liverpool. Gail Franklin further advises that in Mar. 1853, the vessel grounded entering Folkestone Harbour & hit rocks on its way out again on Mar. 4, 1853. The vessel anchored off the Goodwin Sands &, the damage being presumably slight, the vessel continued its voyage to Hong Kong. A quarter-board, with the name of Evangeline in gilt writing referencing John Douglass was later found (Mar. 11, 1853) at Cromer, Norfolk. David Watts advises (thanks!) that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 states that the 1852 vessel was then owned by John Douglas with Thomas Hutton the vessel's captain. In 1857/58, per LR, Hall & Co., also of Sunderland, became the owner of the barque, now of 292 tons, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. LR indicates that 'Hall' was the vessel's captain during the period of Hall ownership. Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises that the vessel's then owners were J. Hall, J. Fenwick & M. Harrison, all of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean John Hall, John Fenwick & Margaret Harrison. On Aug. 8, 1861, per line 1308 here, the 292 ton barque was burnt at sea while en route from Jamaica to London with a cargo of sugar & rum. Crew of 10 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by John Fenwick. The London Morning Post of Sep. 15, 1861 apparently confirms such loss & adds that the crew were landed at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

24224

42

Expedient (a snow)

168

Austin & Mills, of Southwick

D. Morice of Aberdeen

 

43

Express (a barque)

368

John Barkes, of Wreath Quay

Smurthwaite of Sunderland

 

44

Express (a snow)

199

Edward Bailey, of Pallion

J. Crisp of South Shields

 

45

Faerie Queene

398

William Pile, Jun. of North Shore

J. Kelson of North Shields in 1854/55

10948

46

Fingal (a barque)

400/445

G. W. & W. J. Hall, of Bridge Dock/Yard

Fenwick & Co. of London

 

47

Flag of Truce (a barque)

373/417

S. Hodgson

D. Cowan of Newcastle

 

48

Flying Dragon

673

John Pile

Robert Smith or R. Smith & Co., of London

 

49

Gem

123

George Barker, of Wreath Banks

A Montrose owner

 

50

George Avery (a barque)

434/463

George Short, of Mobray's Quay

G. Avery of North Shields - also in 1856. Lloyd's Register of 1861/62 states 'missing'.

14704

51

Glengariff (a barque)

390/404

Lawson Gales, of South Hylton

Dealy & Co. of Liverpool

 

52

Guiding Star (a barque)

385/405
later
346

George Booth, of North Sand

The barque was launched on Oct. 6, 1853 for a Hull firm, said to have been intended for use on the Australia trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70 & not thereafter. Owned for her entire lifetime, per LR, by Hansell & Co. of Hull, initially for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, soon ex London. In 1860/61, service from Hull to Singapore is referenced. But from 1862/63, the vessel is listed as serving the West Indies from Hull. Became listed as 346 tons in 1862/63. Always registered at Hull. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Robert Hansell, John Merriman & Richard Field, all of Hull, & Ralph Holmes of Cleaden, as the then owners of the 406 ton barque. While the Merchant Navy Lists of both 1867 & 1870 list Merriman and Hansell, of Hull, as her then owners. 117.7 ft. long, signal letters NWMB. On Jan. 17, 1872, per line 2245 here, the 346 ton barque was abandoned at Orford Ness (near Aldeburgh. Suffolk), while en route from Hartlepool to Civita Vecchia (Civitavecchia, W. coast of Italy, NW of Rome), with a cargo of coal. Crew of 11 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by Robert Hansenn. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

24376

53

Helen (a snow)

281

Hume & Easson, of Pallion

Greenwell of Sunderland

 

54

Henry Reed (a barque)

429/495

T. & B. Tiffin, of Glasshouse Reach

Walker & Co. of Scarborough

 

55

Highlander (a barque)

470/568

R. H. Potts & Brothers, of Low Street

Potts Brothers of Sunderland

 

56

Idalia (a barque)

420/441
later
391

Todd & Brown, of North Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70, owned for her entire lifetime by Thompson of Newcastle. For service of Sunderland to Ceylon, from London to Australia, from Shields to India & to the Mediterranean, from Bristol to the Mediterranean & ex Falmouth. 119.0 ft. long, signal letters HLVK. Always registered at Newcastle. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Mark Thompson of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner. With George Patterson the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856, & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 state Mark Thompson of Newcastle to be her then owner. As does the Merchant Navy List of 1870. Idalia made at least one voyage to Adelaide, Australia, leaving the U.K. on Jul. 26, 1858 & arriving at Adelaide on Nov. 22, 1858 after a voyage of 121 days which included encountering (on Oct. 20, 1858) a hurricane. On Jan. 20, 1859, she left Adelaide for Guam. LR of 1869/70 notes 'wrecked'. On Feb. 23, 1870, per line 84 here, the 391 ton barque was stranded at the Gulf of Sataria,  (Black Sea, I think, maybe Sagaris) while en route from the Black Sea to the U.K. with a cargo of grain. Crew of 14 - none lost. Then owned by Mark Thompson. Y

1897

57

Indemnity (a ship)

712

John Watson, of Pallion

T. Chodwick of London

 

58

Integrity (a barque)

338/336

Thomas Robson, of Claxheugh

The vessel's initial owner was Storey & Co. of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists J. Storey & T. Wilkins, both of Gateshead, & R. Urwin of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owners. With J. Storey the vessel's captain. Turnbull' Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being J. Storey & T. Wilkin, both of Gateshead, & R. Unwin of Newcastle. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states J. Storey, T. Wilkin & Robert Unwin as her then owners.

25390

59

Irene (a barque)

472/447

John Watson, of Pallion

Edward Mounsey of Newcastle

888

60

Isle of France (a barque)

338

Forest & Co.

Binney & Co. of Greenock.

 

61

Istamboul (a snow)

275

John & Jas. Robinson, of Deptford

Marwood of Whitby. Turnbull' Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being T. J. & W. H. Marwood & Co. of Whitby

 

62

Jarrow (a sloop)

67

Unknown to webmaster

Per Turnbull's Register of 1856, the vessel was then registered at Shields & owned by J. Williamson & J. C. Stevenson of Jarrow.

 

63

Jessamine (a snow or brig)

262

William Petrie, of South Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1862/63, owned throughout that entire period, per LR, by Lumsden & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. This launch announcement advises us that Messrs. E. Lumsden and Sons were iron merchants & that the vessel, launched in late Aug. 1853, was intended for the Mediterranean trade. Turnbull's Register of 1856, however, does not list 'Lumsden' as the then owner of the Sunderland registered vessel. It rather lists J. Downey of Newbiggin, H. Darling of Backworth & T. Armstrong of Crofton. Which owner names, Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning John Downey, Henry Darling & Thomas Armstrong. Data about what finally happened to the vessel has not yet come to hand. Can you tell us what happened to her & when? Y

23628

64

Jessie (a snow)

250/256

Bartram & Lister

D. Mackie of Montrose, maybe D. Mackie & Alex. Mearn

 

65

John Banks (a ship) 1

640/671
later
680

William R. Abbay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1870/71, owned initially by J. Banks of Goole for service from London to Australia. In 1862/63, Macgregor of Leith became the vessel's owner for the same service, which service became Leith to Australia in 1866/67. The vessel was overhauled in 1866. LR of 1868/69 lists W. Lindsay, also of Leith, as the vessel's owner for service from London to Nagasaki, Japan, which service became Liverpool to India in 1870/71. However, the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists (on page 204) Alexander Dunsmore of Leith as the vessel's owner. LR of 1870/71 states 'wrecked'. 156.0 ft. long, signal letters LTHG. On Oct. 26, 1870, per line 496 here, the 680 ton ship foundered off Chittagong, then India, now Bangladesh, while en route from Liverpool to Chittagong. Crew of 16 - none lost. Vessel then owned by D. R. Macgregor. There are many references to the vessel at Trove, Australia, including a couple of incidences of attacks on the officers, one on the captain on Jan. 27, 1867 & the other as set out here. Y

15680

66

John Nussey (a schooner)

179/148

William R. Abbay

J. Banks of Goole

 

67

John Sugars (a barque) 1, 2 (both ex Trove, Australia)

440/508

Havelock & Robson, of North Dock

Sugars & Co. of Lynn. For service to Sydney, Australia, later to India. A handwritten notation to Lloyd's Register of 1859/60 states 'lost'. Yes indeed! On Jan. 16, 1860, per line 24 here, the 508 ton barque foundered while en route from London to Adelaide with a general cargo. At 36.27N/8.16W, off Cape St. Vincent, southern  Portugal. Crew of 16 - none lost. The captain was Henry James Hewitt. Vessel then owned by Math. J. Wilson of Liverpool. The evidence at the Official Inquiry into the loss was amazing, the captain & mate maybe having intentionally & fraudulently sunk the vessel. You can read an extensive precis of the Official Inquiry here. The vessel had left London on Dec. 13, 1859 & encountered continuous gales from Dec. 21, 1859 thru Jan. 1, 1960, on which date a fissure developed in the vessel's stem through which water entered the ship every time it plunged. The Court was of the opinion that the vessel should have made for land & repairs at that juncture, but it continued on. As did the bad weather. On Jan. 4, 1860 a heavy sea struck the ship & water came in in great force, it would seem thru the earlier fissure now enlarged. The vessel would appear to have intended to make for Cadiz but the evidence seems to say otherwise. The pumps were deserted, the ship's papers were thrown overboard & the crew left the vessel in two boats - while John Sugars settled down & sank. The Court felt that acts of great criminality had been committed by both the master & the Mate, but there was not considered to be sufficient evidence to successfully convict them. Thomas Hodgson was the name of the Mate. The 'certificates of competency' of both Hewitt & Hodgson were, however suspended for a period of 12 months. Y

6334

68

Kangaroo (a ship)

732/660

William Pile jun. at North Shore

This newspaper launch announcement advises that the 'clipper' was launched on Mar. 24, 1853 for Peter Tindle, jun., a London merchant, for the Australian trade, most particularly it was designed for the carriage of bullion. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1867/68 & not thereafter. Owned thru 1857/58, per LR, by P. Tindall of London, for service thru 1867/58 from London to Australia & in 1857/58 for service ex London. I started to search at Trove, Australia, for data about the ship but ran out of time. The ship did arrive at Melbourne on Oct. 25, 1853 ex London (left Jun. 26, 1853) & Cape Town with 16 passengers & a varied cargo. There surely is later data at Trove. In 1858/59, per LR, J. Wood, also of London, acquired the vessel for continued service ex London. Per LR, J. Wood continued to own the vessel thru to 1867/68. The Mercantile Navy Lists ('MNL') of 1858 & 1859 list the vessel as registered at London but those of 1860, 1861 & 1864 list the vessel as rather registered at Singapore. It is not listed at all in MNL of 1867. It seems likely that the vessel had been sold by J. Wood in 1859 or 1860 to owners from Singapore. 175.0 ft. long. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel and/or otherwise add anything? Y

26206

69

Kingston (a ship)

828/843

William Pile jun. at North Shore

J. Lidgett of London

 

70

Lady Aberdour (a snow)

240/198
later
181

Ratcliff & Spence, of North Docks perhaps

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1867/68. Owned thru 1862/63 by Hall & Co. of Sunderland for service as a Sunderland coaster. Turnbull's Register of 1856 states that her then owners were J. Hall, J. Carruthers & J. Wilkinson, all of Sunderland. Which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning James Hall, John Carruthers and John Wilkinson. In 1862/63, Wilkinson & Co., also of Sunderland, became her owners for service from Sunderland to the Baltic. Likely the same John Wilkinson. 90.0 ft. long. LR of 1867/68 states 'wrecked'. On Nov. 5, 1867, per line 56 here, the 181 ton snow was lost at Juist Island (an East Frisian island, Lower Saxony, Germany), while en route from Sunderland to Harlingen (Wadden Sea on northern Netherlands coast), with an unknown cargo, probably of coal. Crew of 10 - all lost. Can you add anything? Y

2720

71

Lady Elizabeth (a barque)

496/496
later
467

John Smith, of Pallion

As per this newspaper cutting, the barque was launched, at Pallion, on Oct. 05, 1853. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1868/69, owned initially, thru 1855/56, by J. Tyler of London, which became C. Tyler, also of London, from 1856/57 thru 1860/61. Under 'Tyler' ownership, the vessel consistently served ex London. A site visitor has suggested that 'J. Tyler' may well correctly be Sir James Taylor but I have found no confirmatory data. LR of 1861/62 reports that Larchin, also of London, had acquired the vessel & owned it thru 1865/66, for service ex Sunderland thru 1864/65 & ex Liverpool in 1865/66. The following editions of LR, i.e. those of 1866/67 thru 1868/69 list no owner name, an indication that the vessel may well have by then been lost. The vessel was listed in the Mercantile Navy Lists until 1864 at least - it is not recorded in the equivalent list of 1867. 137.0 ft. long. I cannot tell you yet what finally happened to the vessel, which was likely lost in 1866 or early 1867 probably without any loss of life. Can you tell us, or otherwise add anything? Y

10756

72

Lady Hodgkinson (a ship)

946/925

John Watson, of Pallion

The ship, an East Indiaman, was launched on Oct. 4, 1853 for Sir George E. Hodgkinson of London. Of an extreme length of 186 ft. 10 in., intended for the East India trade. I have read that the ship was considered to be of very great beauty. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1861/62 only, owned thru 1858/59, by Hodgkinson of London, initially, per LR, for service from Sunderland to London & from 1855/56 simply ex London. Though LR does not refer to Australia, it is clear that the vessel made a number of visits to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In particular i) The vessel left the Downs on Feb. 13, 1854 for Sydney & arrived there on May 5, 1854 after a passage of 81 days. On Jun 29, 1854 it left for Singapore (arrived Aug. 9, 1865). ii) It left the Downs again on Jul. 13, 1855 & arrived at Sydney on Oct. 19, 1855 with 30 or so passengers & a cargo which included a large quantity of ale. On Dec. 19, 1855 the vessel left for Shanghai, China, & there loaded tea for London. iii) On Dec. 26, 1856 the vessel left London for Sydney with Surprise, a yacht, on board & also a novel locomotive engine. It arrived  at Sydney on Mar. 30, 1857 & later left for Hong Kong (on Jun. 16, 1857) & arrived there on Jul. 31, 1857. In 1859/60, Teighe & Co., also of London, acquired the vessel for service from London to India. Signal letters NQDH. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. Data as to what happened to the ship is not yet to hand. In that regard it is a puzzle that the ship was not only listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1861, it was still listed in the equivalent list of 1864. Can you tell us what happened to her & when? Y

23075

73

Launceston (a ship, later a barque)

561/640
later
596
later
585
later
570

James Briggs & Co., of Pallion perhaps

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1870/71. Her initial owner was Beckwith of Newcastle for service from London to Port Philip (Melbourne, Australia). David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists G. W. Beckwith of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner. With T. R. Betts the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records G. W. Beckwith of Newcastle & T. A. Cook of Wallsend as her then owners. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records R. Beckwith & W. Romer of Newcastle, T. A. Cook of Wallsend, W. E. Wood of Coxhoe & T. R. Betts of London as her owners. In 1857/58, Betts & Co, of Newcastle, became, per LR, the vessel's owner for service from Shields to India, soon London to India & from 1863/64 for service from Gloucester to China. In 1866/67, W. Wright of South Shields became the vessel's owner for service ex Shields to the Mediterranean or to Aden. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 states William Wright of West Dock, South Shields, to be her then owner. 138.0 ft. long, signal letters QRLC. LR of 1870/71 states 'wrecked'. On Feb. 10, 1871, per line 1895 here, the 570 ton barque was stranded at Hasbro' Sands (Hasborough Sands, located near Cromer, Norfolk). Neither the vessel's route nor her cargo is indicated. Crew of 16 - none lost. Then owned by William Wright. Can you add anything? Y

31562

74

Lemuella (a barque)

341/403

John Barkes, of Wreath Quay

Reynolds & Co. of London

 

75

Leonidas (a ship)

612/697

William Wilkinson, of Deptford

Towse & Co. of London

 

76

Libertas (a barque)

530/602

James Hardie, of Southwick

Edward J. Gourley of Sunderland

 

 

Liddesdale (a barque) this vessel is listed below as an 1854 vessel

338/306

James Hardie, of Southwick

W. Black of South Shields

15424

77

Lizzie Aisbitt

360/366

Maybe Pile & Smart, at North Sand

Aisbitt & Co. of North Shields - Matthew Aisbitt, A Leake & William Tate in 1856

10104

78

Lord Burleigh (a barque)

522/622

Wilson Chilton, of Ayre's Quay

Blair & Co. of Sunderland

 

79

Lord Hardinge (a barque)

384/383
later
341

Havelock & Robson, of North Dock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only from 1854/55 thru 1861/62. Her sole owner was T. Rutherford of Sunderland, initially for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, in 1851/52 for service from London to India & from 1859/60 for service from Dundee to Australia. Lord Hardinge? Here. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records T. H. Rutherford of Seaham-harbour & G. Nicholson of Winlaton, as her then owners, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Thomas H. Rutherford & George Nicholson. On Feb. 20, 1862, per line 2112 here, the 341 ton barque burnt at 23N/64W (N. Atlantic about 400 miles NE of Puerto Rico), while en route from Demerera (Guyana, N. coast of South America). to London with a cargo of sugar etc. Crew of 11 - none lost. Then owned by Thos. H. Rutherford. Can you add anything? How the crew were saved perhaps? Y

13674

80

Margaretta (a snow, later a brig)

157
later
142
later
143

William Crown, of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1862/63. She was, per LR, initially owned, thru 1857/58, by J. Brooks & registered at Newcastle, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1858/59 & 1859/60, per LR, 'Tenniswd' (Tenniswood I presume), owned the vessel for service from Newcastle to the Mediterranean. However, Turnbull's Register of 1856, i.e. 2 or 3 years earlier, records R. Tenniswood, T. A. Cook & G. Dove, all of Walker, as the then owners of the 157 ton Newcastle registered brig. From 1860/61, the vessel, now of 142 tons, was, per LR, owned by J. Baker, registered at Shields, & in service from Shields to France. Again it would seem that LR amended their data rather late, because Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states her to be then of 142 tons & owned by John Thompson Baker of South Shields. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Sep. 14, 1861, per line 1355 here, the 143 ton brig was lost at sea. No location for the loss is indicated. Crew of 7 - one lost. Then stated to be owned by John Thompson, which I presume means John Thompson Baker. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

8515

81

Marioupol (a snow)

273/298

John & Jas, Robinson, of Deptford

Marwood & Co. of Whitby

 

82

Martha Kay (a barque)

359/360

Todd & Brown, of North Hylton

T. Kay of Sunderland

 

83

Martha Miles (a snow or brig)

240/209
later
191

William Henry Pearson, of Panns

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1861/62. She was, per LR, initially owned, thru 1855/56, by Miles & registered at Lynn, Norfolk. For service from Sunderland to London. In 1856/57, per LR, the vessel became registered at Shoreham (West Sussex near Brighton), & owned by T. Barry for continued service from Sunderland to London but from 1856/57 simply for service ex London. The vessel became of 191 tons in 1857/58. In 1861/62, A. Buckwell became the vessel's owner for service from Liverpool to the Black Sea. LR of 1861/62 also notes that the vessel had been 'Run down''. Signal letters NWSL. On Sep. 28, 1861, per line 1379 here, the 191 ton snow was sunk in a collision off Malta, while en route from Liverpool to Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) with a general cargo. Crew of 8 - none lost. W. Mills was the last LR recorded Captain of the vessel. Then stated to be owned by Alfred Buckwell, of Brighton. This page tells us that the vessel was sunk as a result of a collision with Corinthian, an iron 180 HP 1073/1041 ton steamer built in 1855, of Liverpool, whose Captain was George Griggs jnr. if I interpret the words correctly. The collision occurred in daylight. It would seem that a lawsuit resulted - data about the case is held by the National Archives at Kew, London. Corinthian was later itself wrecked, as per LR of 1865/66. Can you tell us about the circumstances of Martha Miles' loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

24444

84

Martha and Jane (a barque)

349/364
later
349

Hume & Easson, of Pallion

Robinson of Sunderland

 

85

Mary (a snow)

270

George Worthy, of Southwick

Mackie & Co. of Montrose

 

86

Mary Ann & Janes, or, Mary Ann & James (a barque)

380/386
later
349

Todd & Brown, of North Hylton

The correct official name of this vessel is a bit of a puzzle. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1872/73 & not thereafter - always as Mary Ann & Janes. However 'Crewlist.org' indicate that the vessel was always correctly Mary Ann & James. The vessel was, per LR, owned thru 1860/61 by Ogilsby & Co. of South Shields, for service to the Mediterranean ex either Sunderland or Shields. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the then owners of 'Mary-Ann & Jas.' as being W. Allen & T. Tulloch of South Shields & R. Oglesby of Hull. Which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean William Allon, Thomas Tullick & Richard Oglesby. The vessel became of 349 tons in 1859/60. In 1861/62, per  LR, W. Allon, also of South Shields, became the vessel's owner, thru part way thru 1865/66, for service from Shields to the Mediterranean, later ex the Clyde & Sunderland. In 1865/66, M. Reay, of Newcastle, became the vessel's owner for service from Newcastle to the Mediterranean but from 1866/67 for service from Newcastle to the Black Sea. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 256) & 1870 (on page 257), both list Matthew Reay of Gateshead, Durham, as the then owner of Mary Ann & James, registered at Newcastle. 114.0 ft. long, signal letters JTSC. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'abandoned'. On Jan. 26, 1873, per this page, the 349 ton barque, named Mary Ann & James, was lost at 46.12N/5.20W, in the Bay of Biscay, while en route from Marianople (now Mariupol, Ukraine, Sea of Azof, Black Sea) for Plymouth, for orders. 'Encountered a succession of heavy gales, sprang a leak, and shipped heavy seas. She was taken in tow by another vessel, but was eventually abandoned fast settling down. Casualty stated to have been due to stress of weather.' Crew of 11 - none lost. Then owned by J. Storey of Gateshead. Can you add anything? Y

7637

87

Melanie (a snow)

198/136

Edward Bailey, of Pallion

E. Hickey of London

 

87

Melpomene (a barque)

347/378

George Booth, of North Sand

Per Lloyd's Register of 1854/55, C. Palmer of London

 

89

Merse (a ship)

699

Wm. Byers, or maybe M. Byers, of Strand

John Willis of London

 

90

Myrtle, later Lady Clermont (a ship, later a barque)

541/621
later
488

Hylton Carr. of North Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1869/70, always as Myrtle, owned thru 1862/63 by E. Chapman of London. For service from London to Sydney, Australia, later London to India. In 1862/63, Baines & Co. of Liverpool became the vessel's owner for service from Liverpool to Australia. In the 1860s, likely in or about 1864/65, the vessel must have been sold by Baines & Co. to 'Watson', & the vessel was renamed Lady Clermont. Later still, in Nov. 1868, Alexander Gray bought several shares in the ship from Watson, became the vessel's master & proceeded to Mobile (Alabama?) presumably to take command. In late 1869, the vessel made two voyages, one from Liverpool to Havannah, (Havana, Cuba), the other was to Galveston (Texas). Charles Newman of Liverpool was then the majority owner of the vessel, now a barque. In May 1870, Alexander Gray owned 26 and Newman owned 32 of the 64 shares in the vessel. The owner or owners of the final 6 shares is unknown to the webmaster. Much of the above data originates in reports of a May 1870 court case (you can read it here) in the Court of Admiralty (Ireland) - the ship was then at Queenstown for repairs. 141.0 ft. long. At no time, so far as I can see, does LR list a vessel named Lady Clermont. Nor is an owner name for Myrtle indicated after 1863/64. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, lists Charles Newman of Liverpool as the owner of Lady Clermont, then of 488 tons. On Jan. 30, 1871, per line 1206 here, the 488 ton barque sank at 13N/23W (S. of but near to Cape Verde) while en route from 'Cape de Verde' (Cape Verde) to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a cargo of salt. Crew of 14 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by C. Newman. The above data is, alas, fragmentary. Y

165

91

Nelsons (a snow)

298/294

S. Hodgson

H. Nelson of Newcastle

14342

92

New Ed (a snow)

267

John Smith of Pallion

J. Oldrey of Hamburg, Germany

 

93

Nimrod (a ship)

772/893
later
890

Austin & Mills at Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1865/66 & not thereafter (so far as I can see thru 1885/86). This newspaper launch announcement advises that the vessel was launched on Mar. 24, 1853 for John Allan, a London merchant, who intended to use the vessel in the East India trade. Owned thru 1865/66, per LR, by J. Allan & Co. of London for service from London to Port Philip (Melbourne), Australia, thru 1855/56, ex London from 1856/57 thru 1860/61 & from London to India from 1861/62 thru 1865/66. Some details on the vessel's voyages to Australia - but tell me if I have the detail wrong. i) On Sep. 14, 1853, the vessel arrived at Melbourne ex London (left Jun. 9, 1853) via Plymouth. With 73 passengers mainly (67) in steerage & a general cargo. The vessel left for Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, on Oct. 16, 1853. ii) On Jun. 17, 1854, the vessel arrived at Sydney ex London (left Feb. 25, 1854). On Jun. 10, 1854 it left for Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). iii) On Oct. 18, 1855, the vessel arrived at Sydney from Gravesend, London. It later (Jan. 16, 1856) left Sydney for London. iv) On Feb. 20, 1856 the vessel arrived at Melbourne ex London (left Nov. 18, 1855). On Apl. 9, 1856 the vessel left for Madras (now Chennai), India. A vessel named Nimrod, just maybe this Nimrod, was en route from London to Karachi, now Pakistan, in early 1857. It landed at Cape Town, South Africa, the crew & passengers of Joseph Somes, a ship which, bound from London to Melbourne, had burnt at sea off Trista da Cunha in the S. Atlantic. LR of 1865/66 notes that 'our' Nimrod had been 'Condemned'. I expected that to be the end of the vessel's life. But no! The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists the vessel, now of 890 tons, as then registered at Calcutta, India, & owned by H. V. Jonas of Calcutta. While the 1880 equivalent lists George S. Thompson of Calcutta as her then owner. 162.5 ft. long, signal letters WCMP. It would seem that the vessel was broken up in or about 1883. Anything you can add? N

26307

94

Norman (a barque)

283/283

Austin & Mills at Southwick

Langton & Co. of London

22350

95

Palmyra

628/698

Peter Austin

J. Allan

 

96

P. C. E. (a barque)

296/324
later
291

Unknown to webmaster

Have not researched the vessel. Just detail I have spotted in passing re searches for other vessels. Lloyd's Register of 1853/54 lists the vessel as owned by H. Ellis of London, for service from Sunderland to India. H. Ellis owned the vessel for a short time, however, since LR of 1856/57 thru 1858/59 record the vessel as owned by E. Ionides, of London, for service ex London. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (on page 293) & 1870, however, both record the vessel as then owned by John Henderson of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. Signal letters NQMJ. Detail as to what happened to the vessel is not yet to hand. Can you tell us anything additional?

23182

97

Pelican (a barque)

469
later
460

John Reed of Coxgreen

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1862/63, owned thru 1858/59 by Curry & Co., of Liverpool. For service initially from Sunderland to China, in 1855/56 for service from Liverpool to India &, in the period of 1856/59, for service from Liverpool to South America. In 1859/60, per LR, Currie & Co. of Liverpool, became the vessel's owner, for service from Liverpool to China, soon the Clyde to S. America & from 1861/62 for service from Swansea, Wales to S. America. On Aug. 19, 1862, per line 2334 here, the 360 ton barque stranded near Valparaiso, Chile. Crew of 13 - 2 lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by W. Briggs, a name not LR referenced. Detail as to what happened to the vessel is not yet to hand. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

25893

98

Philo (a barque)

348/371
later
344

Unknown to webmaster

Mills & Co. of Sunderland thru 1874/75 at least, however the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 states George Mills of Southwick, Durham, to be the then owner. By 1866/67 the owner was I. Bedlington, became, in 1880/81, R. D. Clark, both of West Hartlepool. Lloyd's Register of 1881/82 states Missing

24576

99

Portia (a barque)

325/336
later
356
later
322

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1869/70, owned thru 1861/62 by H. Ellis of London. For service initially from Sunderland to India, ex Bristol, & from Swansea to the Cape of Good Hope. LR of 1861/62 references Ritson & Co. of Sunderland as her new owner, thru 1869/70, initially for service from Sunderland to Spain, later ex Sunderland. 106.0 ft. long, signal letters HWMR. LR of 1869/70 states 'wrecked'. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, states Alex Tindall, of Falsgrave, Yorkshire, to be her then owner, a name not referenced in LR. Then registered at Scarborough. On Mar. 16, 1870, per line 114 here, the 322 ton barque foundered at Longship (I believe about 2 miles W. of Land's End, Cornwall), while en route from Sunderland to Trieste, Italy, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 10 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Alexander Tindal. Y

3972

100

Prima Donna (a snow or brig)

136
later
127

John Smith of Pallion

This newspaper launch announcement advises that the 'clipper brig' was launched on Mar. 24, 1853 for a London company, intended for use in the Australian trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1862/63 & not thereafter (thru 1869/70 at least), owned for that entire period, per LR, by Prew of London, for service throughout from Sunderland to Australia. There are a host of references to the brig at Trove, Australia. The vessel was a regular trader in that part of the world once it had arrived at Melbourne via Perth on Sep. 23, 1853. On Jul. 14, 1858, the vessel left Melbourne for Singapore in ballast, went on to Valparaiso, Chile, & from there carried ore to Liverpool. Between those dates the vessel visited Wellington, New Zealand ('NZ') via the Chatham Islands, Adelaide, Swan River (Perth), Singapore, Foo Choo Foo (China), Hong Kong, Sydney, Auckland (NZ), Port Cooper (Lyttelton, NZ), Melbourne, Manila, Melbourne, Lyttelton, Mauritius & South Sea Islands, Geelong, & Singapore. It carried cargoes of sugar, of tea, of livestock, whatever. On Sep. 19, 1854 when off Waitangi, NZ, the vessel was fortunate not to be driven ashore in gale conditions. Triumph, a schooner, was not so fortunate. On Feb. 21, 1856 the vessel drifted ashore at Melbourne in a gale but was successfully got off after 4 days. The Mercantile Navy List of 1860 indicates that at that time the vessel was registered at London, however the equivalent list of 1861 has the vessel registered at Leith, Scotland. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists the vessel, then of 127 tons, as registered at Hull & owned by Robert Hellyer of Kingston-upon-Hull. The equivalent list of 1868 has T. R. Halfyard, of Kingston-upon-Hull, as her then owner. Signal letters KPWS. Data as to what finally happened to the vessel, apparently before 1870, is not yet to hand. Can you help in that regard? Y

10798

101

Primula

473/536

George Barker Note

J. Alcock

 

102

Queen Margaret (a barque)

483/533
later
504

W. Naisby

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1869/70, owned for that entire period, per LR, by Mesn'rd & registered at London. Initially, thru 1857/58, for service from London to Australia, from 1858/59 ex Liverpool & from 1858/59 thru 1860/61 in particular for service from Liverpool to Singapore. So far as I can see, the vessel made 2 voyages to Australia & New Zealand ('NZ'). On Nov. 16, 1853, the vessel arrived at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, with 12 cabin passengers & 24 in steerage, having left the Downs on Jul. 19, 1853. It left for Guam, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) & Bombay (now Mumbai), India, on Jan. 8, 1854, in ballast, & with a single passenger. On Oct. 19, 1855, the vessel arrived at Nelson, South Island, NZ, with 10 cabin passengers & 48 passengers in steerage, after a voyage of 116 days from London. This page lists the names of many of its passengers. The vessel went on to Wellington, North Island, NZ, & then to Sydney in ballast, arriving there on Dec. 20, 1855 - she left on Jan. 1, 1856, again for Guam. 132.0 ft. long. On Mar. 22, 1861, per line 1155 here, the 504 ton barque was wrecked at Hooghly (the river at Calcutta, now Kolkata, India) while en route from Bombay, India, to Singapore. Crew of 16 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Thomas Carrey, a name not LR referenced. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss, or otherwise add anything? Another example, it would appear, of LR continuing to list a vessel long after it had been wrecked. Y

32

103

Rangoon (a barque)

384/413

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1869/70, owned, thru 1855/56, by Buchanan of Sunderland for service initially from Sunderland to Ceylon, then London to India. LR of 1856/57 references Blackaller of Liverpool, as her new owner, thru 1863/64, for service ex Liverpool to South America & to India. LR of 1863/64 records H. Taylor of London as her new owner for service from London to New Zealand. While the vessel is LR recorded thru 1869/70 no owner's name is included from 1866/67. 114.5 ft. long, signal letters HDGP. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1870, states that the vessel was then registered at Melbourne, Australia, owned by John Smith of Melbourne. On Mar. 23, 1870, per line 126 here, the 384 ton barque was stranded at Minnamurra River, on the New South Wales ('NSW') (S. of Wollongong & Pt. Kembla) coast, while en route from Newcastle, NSW to Melbourne in ballast. Vessel then stated to be owned by John Smith. In fact, the vessel, under the command of Captain Sayers, was driven ashore at 2:30 a.m. on Mar. 22, 1870, having encountered a major storm with hurricane force winds. It ended up stuck between two rocks on the rocky shore. Crew of 10 - none lost. Smith & Lindsay of Sandridge (now Port Melbourne, a Melbourne suburb) were the vessel's then owners. There likely is more data about the vessel at Trove, Australia & at New Zealand sites. Strangely, the vessel is still MNL listed, ten years later, in 1880. Y

534

104

Regina (a ship)

590/676
later
599

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1870/71, owned thru 1863/64 by Brass & Co. of London. But registered at Bristol, it would appear. For service initially from Sunderland to India, later ex London & London to India. In 1863/64, when the vessel became recorded as 599 tons, W. Bound of London became the vessel's owner for service from London to Australia and London to New Zealand. There is probably data about the ship at Trove, Australia & in New Zealand sources. I note in passing that Regina left Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 21, 1869 with a cargo of wool, likely bound for the U.K. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel, now registered at London, as then owned by William H. Bound of London. 145.0 ft. long, signal letters JMNV. On Sep. 5, 1870, per line 360 here, the 599 ton ship stranded at Zapadilla Cays (now Zapatilla Cays, 2 uninhabited islands close to the NW coast of Panama) while en route from Newport, Wales, to Puerto Cabils (where is it? Perhaps Panama or maybe Costa Rica) with a cargo of railway materials. Crew of 19 - 8 lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by W. H. Bound. Y

6134

105

Reward (a snow)

266/257

W. Johnson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1863/64 & not thereafter. Was owned, thru that entire period by Sutherland of Aberdeen, initially for service from the Clyde to the West Indies (thru 1857/58), & thereafter from Liverpool to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records J. Sutherland, of Aberdeen, as the then owner of the 257 ton vessel, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (image soon) clarifies as meaning James Sutherland. 94.5 ft. long. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel or otherwise add anything?

12848

106

Robert Morrison

555/610

Unknown to webmaster

Morrison - R. Morrison, jun. in 1856

14733

107

Rose (a barque)

315/334
later
293
later
295

John Crown of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1869/70 &, so far as I can see, not thereafter. It was owned, thru 1858/59 by Crown & Co. of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the Black Sea (thru 1856/57), ex Sunderland in 1857/58, & from Belfast to the Mediterranean in 1858/59. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records J. Crown of Southwick (Sunderland) as the then owner of the 334 ton vessel. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists the vessel at 293 tons with John Crown the owner. In 1859/60, per LR, Sharp & Co. of Sunderland, became the vessel's owner for service from the Clyde to Trinidad (in the 1859/61 period) & from Hull to the Mediterranean thereafter. Now LR lists Sharp & Co. as the owner thru 1869/70. The Mercantile Navy Lists, however, of 1867 (page 331, image soon), 1870, 1875 & 1876 all list the 195 ton vessel as registered at Malta & owned by Salvatore Azzopardi of Senglea, Malta. The vessel is not listed in the equivalent 1879 list. 108.0 ft. long, signal letters LSMP. I cannot tell you what finally happened to the vessel & when. Can you help in that regard or otherwise add anything? Y

15490

108

Royal Lily (a barque)

464
later
406

Unknown to webmaster

Briggs of Sunderland thru 1856/57 re service to India. Then Scott & Co. of London, initially for service from London to Australia & then Liverpool to Singapore. On Jan. 1, 1860, per line 2 here, the barque, of 406 tons, was lost 'N. E. Brittany' while en route from Singapore to London. Crew of 17 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by Joseph Scott

32485

109

Salamanca (a ship)

927/981
later
861

John Crown of Southwick, but, per Basil Lubbock in 'The Blackwall Frigates', it was built by James Laing. At this point I disagree with Basil Lubbock!

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 (when LR unnamed), thru 1871/72, owned thru 1868/69 by Duncan Dunbar (1803/1862) of London - initially 'D. Dunbar' & from 1862/63, when the vessel became 861 tons, 'Dunbar & Co.'. Duncan Dunbar named many of his vessels after famous battles, hence presumably the name Salamanca in reference to the Battle of Salamanca of Jul. 22, 1812. It is the webmaster's belief that this launch announcement, stated to be re Lion, a barque, is in fact re Salamanca, a ship. Said to have featured a lion rampant as her figurehead, intended for John Hay of Sunderland but at time of launch on May 7, 1853, owned by Duncan Dunbar. Data available to the webmaster indicates that John Crown built only two vessels in 1853 - Salamanca & Rose which is too small & seems generally not to 'fit'. Does anybody have any thoughts as to my conclusion as just stated? For service from London to Bombay, India, & to India generally. The vessel carried troops to India, and made a number of voyages to Australia. On Jul. 4, 1859, Salamanca left the London Docks for Adelaide, South Australia, where she arrived (1, 2) on Oct. 6, 1859 with 11 passengers & a varied cargo - a voyage of 85 days. She finally left for London on Feb. 18, 1860 after being unable to cross the bar at the harbour entrance. It would seem that the vessel arrived at Sydney, New South Wales, in Oct. 1860 with immigrants. On Jan. 18, 1866 the vessel arrived at Adelaide with 368 immigrants after a 77 day voyage from Plymouth. 210 of the immigrants were from Cornwall. She left on Mar. 17, 1866 for Calcutta, India. From 1868/69 the vessel was owned by J. Nourse of London. For service from London to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and/or to India. 170.0 ft. long, signal letters LSMQ. Always registered at London. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records James Nourse, of London, as her then owner. LR of 1871/72 states 'Missing'. On Nov. 27, 1870, per line 1124 here, the 861 ton ship went missing while en route from London to Negapatam, (i.e. Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, E. coast of India), with a cargo of railway materials. Crew of 20 - all lost. Then owned by James Nourse. Y

15491

110

Sarah Huntly (a barque)

328/333
later
308
later
305

Rawson & Watson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1861/62 & not thereafter. The vessel was owned throughout that entire period by what seems correctly to be the 'Huntly' family of Sunderland - even though the name is often spelled Huntley. LR refers to 'Huntley' initially & then 'Huntlys'. For service ex Sunderland thru 1859/60 & thereafter for service from Plymouth to India. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists D. & J. B. Huntley, both of Sunderland, as the then owners of the 333 ton barque. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states Daniel Huntly & Jeptha B. Huntly, & lists the barque as being of 305 tons only. The vessel became, per LR, of 308 tons in 1859/60. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Nov. 2, 1861, per line 1420 here, the 305 ton barque 'Sarah Huntley' was stranded at Ostend, Belgium, while en route from Sunderland to Odessa (Ukraine, Black Sea) with a cargo of coal. Crew of 10 - 8 lost. Then stated to be owned by J. B. Huntley. The history is essentially confirmed by this newspaper article which states, however, that 10 lives including the captain were lost & that two of the crew survived. The vessel is stated to have gone ashore W. of Ostend & was entirely lost. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

3013

111

Saxon (a schooner, later a brigantine)

176/171
later
145

Peter Austin

The vessel, which was launched on Feb. 8, 1853, is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1881/82 & not thereafter. It was owned, thru 1864/65 per LR, by Langton & Co. of London. For initial service, thru 1856/57, from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, in 1857/58 for service from London to Spain, & thereafter, thru 1864/65, for service ex Plymouth, Devon. In 1864/65, A. Watt of Montrose (Angus, NE. of Dundee, Scotland) became the vessel's owner for service from Montrose to the Baltic, later, from 1868/69 thru 1873/74, for service as a Montrose coaster. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 & 1870 both list Alexander Watt, of Montrose, as the then owner of the 145 ton Montrose registered vessel. The vessel became, per LR, of 145 tons in 1865/66. 88.0 ft. long, later (from 1874/75 in which year, per LR, the vessel became a brigantine), 88.7 ft. long. In 1874/75, the vessel became owned, per LR, by Montrose Commercial Co., of Montrose, which company would seem to have been engaged in the coal trade, maybe as a coal merchant & ship owner. I should note that 'Mark W.' tells me (thanks!) that Alexander Watt, of MacDuff, had died in 1874, hence presumably why Montrose Commercial Co. came into her ownership. However the Mercantile Navy List of 1880 still lists Alexander Watt of Montrose as the owner of the 145 ton vessel, stated to be a schooner. During the period from 1870/71 thru 1881/82, LR notes that D. Thomson was the vessel's captain. LR of 1881/82 advises that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. This page advises us (thanks!) that on Oct. 14, 1881, during a gale, the 145 ton schooner stranded near Skateraw (SE of Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland) & became a total loss. The vessel was then en route, in ballast, from Montrose to Sunderland, under the command of W. Watt, with a crew of 5. It stranded at about 55.58N/2.25W. I cannot advises you if there was any loss of life. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

20117

112

Shields

305

Unknown to webmaster

Atkinson - M. (Matthew) H. & W. (William) H. Atkinson in 1856

10323

113

Silistria (a snow, later a brig)

237/219
later
203

John & Jas. Robinson at Deptford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70 & not thereafter. The vessel was owned thru 1861/62 at least, per LR, by Marwood of Whitby. For initial service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, from 1858/59 for service from London to the Baltic & from 1860/61 for service ex Sunderland. From 1857/58 thru 1860/61, per LR, T. Marwood was the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T., W., & J. Marwood, of Whitby, as the vessel's then owners, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Thomas, William & John Marwood. The vessel became, per LR, of 203 tons in 1856/57. 88.0 ft. long, signal letters JHRB. While the vessel is LR listed thru 1869/70, the data provided is limited with no owner name being listed from 1862/63. Fortunately, the Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 353) & 1870 both list Zachariah Granger, jun. of Robin Hood's Bay, Yorkshire, as the then owner of the vessel, still registered at Whitby. Can you tell us what later happened to the vessel, or otherwise add anything? Y

5446

114

Sir William Gomm ( a ship)

700/840

John Smith of Pallion

Blyths & Greene of London

 

115

Solstice (a barque)

357/372
later
335

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1862/63. Was always registered at Sunderland. The vessel was owned throughout that period by T. Walker of Sunderland, with T. Walker the vessel's captain thru 1857/58 & from 1860/61. For initial service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, in 1858/59 for service ex Liverpool, & thereafter for more service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 states that T. & T. Walker, jun., were the vessel's then owners, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Thomas, Sen., & Thomas Walker, Jun. The vessel became, per LR, of 335 tons in 1859/60. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had 'foundered'. On Apl. 6, 1862, per line 2199 here, the 335 ton barque foundered at sea while en route from New York to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of grain etc. Crew of 12 - none lost. Then owned by Thomas Walker. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss, or otherwise add anything? Y

1772

116

Spirit of the North

671

John Pile

T. A. Gibb & Co.

 

117

Sultan (a barque)

400/453
later
440

George Worthy of Southwick

Henry Lawson of Shields.

15065

118

Sunderland

387

Unknown to webmaster

J. Barry

53

119

Swanley (a barque)

350/390
later
351

W. Briggs

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1876/77 at least - LR of 1877/78 is not available to the webmaster. It was owned, thru 1868/69, per LR, by J. Shepherd of London for initial service to Jamaica ex Sunderland thru 1855/56 & ex London thru 1858/59. It served the West Indies ex Bristol in 1861/62 & ex London in 1862/63 & 1863/64. In 1864/65 the vessel served Nagasaki, Japan,  ex London & from 1865/66 thru 1867/68 served Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) ex the Clyde. Per LR, the vessel became of 351 tons in 1866/67. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1867 (page 370, image soon) lists James Shepherd, of London, as the vessel's then owner. In 1868/69, per LR, C. Dawson of London became the vessel's owner for service from London to the West Indies thru 1873/74, the last year in which LR reported the destinations of intended voyages. The MNLs of 1870 & 1876 lists Charles Campbell Dawson, of London, as the vessel's then owner. 108.5 ft. long, later, from 1866/67, 117.2 ft., signal letters HGBC. On Jan. 8, 1878, the vessel was at Falmouth Harbour, Jamaica, having arrived from London with a general cargo that included 70 tons of coal, loaded, it would seem, in an unventilated hold. The vessel had to be abandoned due to the spontaneous combustion of the coal. Crew of 16 - none lost. C. C. Dawson, of London is stated to have been her then owner. All as per item 799 on this page (ex here). Is there anything you can add? Y

961

120

Truro (a barque)

613/694
later
626

Unknown to webmaster

Thru 1863/64 J. Laing of Sunderland, then R. R. Edwards of London. Lloyd's Register of 1865/66 states destroyed

12970

121

Uncle Tom (a ship)

900

John Smith of Pallion

Most limited data is available about this vessel. A launch announcement only.

 

122

Violet (a ship, later a barque)

510/561
later
496

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1871/72. Owned thru 1855/56 by J. Alcock of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to India. From 1856/57 thru 1863/64, the vessel was owned by D. Dunbar of London for service ex London to both Australia & China. On Jan. 21, 1860, the vessel arrived at Adelaide, South Australia after a 98 day voyage from London. On Mar. 9, 1860 she left for Callao, Peru, via Port Robe, South Australia. Cannot spot another voyage to Australia at Trove, Australia. In 1863/64, per LR, Birley & Co. of Liverpool became the vessel's owner initially for service from London to New Zealand, later from London to China & Liverpool to India. Then registered at Liverpool. Became a barque in 1868/69. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, reports that Thomas Langton Birley, of Kirkham, Lancaster, was her then owner. 143.0 ft. long, signal letters JBTK. On Feb. 16, 1871, per line 1239 here, the 497 ton barque was stranded at Loo-choo Islands (also known as Ryukyu Islands, a chain of islands that run from Kyushu, SW Japan to Taiwan), while en route from Yokohama, Japan, to Hong Kong. Crew of 21 - none lost. Then owned by T. L. Birley. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us? Y

4281

123

Walter Duncan (a snow or brig)

257/201
 

John Smith

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1853/54 thru 1857/58 & as far as I can see not thereafter. It was owned, per LR, for that entire period by Martin & Co. of Dumfries, Scotland. For service from Sunderland to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This extensive newspaper cutting tells us that the vessel was launched on Feb. 9, 1853 & that its initial owners were John Martin & Walter Duncan, both of Glencaple Quay, Dumfries. Further that the vessel was intended to be used to carry coal to Brazil. This site tells us (thanks!) that John Martin owned 48 of the original 64 shares & Walter Duncan owned the remaining 16. It also tell us that on Aug. 1, 1853, John Martin sold 4 of his shares to James Halliday of Dumfries, an iron merchant, for £170. While the vessel is LR listed thru 1857/58, it would seem that the vessel was not issued an Official Number, which would mean, as I understand it, that the vessel was not in existence on Jan. 1, 1855. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel & when, or otherwise add anything? Y

 

124

William Hammond (a ship)

595/683

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1866/67. It would seem that it was always registered at London. It was owned, in 1854/55 only, by 'Hammond', registered at London, for service from London to Australia. In 1855/56, 'Thomsn' & Co. became the vessel's owner, thru 1860/61, for service, in 1855/56 per LR, from London to Hobart Town, Tasmania, & thereafter ex London. So far as I can see the vessel made 3 voyages to Australia. i) On the first voyage, its maiden voyage, the vessel left Southampton, Hampshire, on Oct. 18 or 21, 1853, for Adelaide, South Australia, with 267 emigrants & arrived there on Jan. 19, 1854 after a voyage of 89 days. On Apl. 18, 1854 it left for its return voyage to London. ii) On Sep. 19, 1854 the vessel left Plymouth, Devon, for Hobart Town, Tasmania, with 257 Government emigrants. It later went on to Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. iii) This fine site advises that the vessel left Plymouth on Jan. 5, 1856, with 250 convicts, additional pensioner guards & their dependents etc. bound for the Swan River Colony. It arrived at Fremantle, Western Australia, on Mar. 29, 1856 after a voyage of 84 days. It later went on to Bombay (now Mumbai), India. The vessel also made at least one voyage to Calcutta & back, leaving the U.K. on Jul. 23, 1857 with 233 British troops of the 29th, 53rd & 60th regiments for service re the Indian Mutiny. A. Robinson became the vessel's owner in 1861/62 for service from London to the West Indies. 149.5 ft. long. LR of 1866/67 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. It was lost rather earlier than 1866/67, however!  On Mar. 17, 1861, per line 1146 here, the 683 ton ship was abandoned at sea, at 35N/65W, in the North Atlantic about 300 miles N. of Bermuda, while en route from New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of grain & flour. Crew of 18 - none lost. Then owned by Anthony Geo. Robinson. Detail as to the circumstances of her loss is not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

6113

125

William & Jane

489/450

Unknown to webmaster

T. Hunter of Sunderland, later (1870) William Simpson of London

24887

 

Name Unknown (a barque)

550/654

Bradley, Potts & Co. of Pallion Flats

I have included this vessel having seen this announcement of the launch, on May 10, 1853, of a barque, stated to feature a figurehead of Joan of Arc with battle axe & shield & owned by Berwick & Co. of London & Newcastle. So far I have not been able to determine the vessel's name. Can you help any?

 

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1853? Do please advise me if you know. 'Where Ships Are Born' states 152 vessels & 68,749 tons. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states 153 vessels & 68,735 tons. Can you help correct the above list?

1854 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Abyssinian

331

Lister & Bartram 

Manson &

 

2

Achilles (a ship) 1

532

J. Watson

Shield & Co. Davis Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Jos. Shield, Son & Co. & Henry T. Hart, both of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owners. With H. T. Hart the vessel's captain.

24681

3

Admiral

451

W. Crown

J. Patton

 

4

Adonis (a snow, later a brig)

157

Havelock & Robson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1863/64, owned throughout, per LR, by J. Billing of Lynn. For service as a Sunderland coaster. Was registered at Lynn & then at Colchester, it would appear. 80.0 ft. long. On Mar. 6, 1862, per line 2144 here, the 143 ton brig sank off Lowestoft, while en route from Shields to Seville, Spain, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 7 - 1 lost. Then owned by George Lay, a name not LR referenced. Of tiny 'concern' is that that link advises that the vessel was rather built in 1853 - their data has proved to be amazingly & consistently accurate. Can anybody tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss or otherwise add anything? Y

22594

5

Albatross (a barque)

354/326

Haswell

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1857/58 only. Owned for that short period by Wilkinson of Hartlepool. For initial service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, from 1857/58 ex Hartlepool. Turnbull's Register of 1855 records the vessel's then owners as being T. Wilkinson & Co. of Hartlepool. The vessel seems not to be listed in Christie's Shipping Register of 1858, certainly not at Hartlepool. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel?
A friend of the site has provided the webmaster with a number of 1854 newspaper cuttings, including this cutting re a vessel named Andrew Marvell, for sale by auction in Feb. 1854. Why do I include the item here? Because I believe, though I cannot prove it, that the vessel in question became, later when completed & registered, the Albatross. Haswell, it would appear, built only two vessels in 1854 & the second one, Calliance, covered below, was much much bigger. The 354 tonnage matches. If I am correct, the vessel, a clipper built barque of 354 tons 'with full figurehead & Baltic outfit', was ordered by Eden & Bird, likely of Shields or Newcastle. When the Eden & Bird partnership ended, the vessel had to be sold. Can you either prove or disprove my theory?  Y

4082

6

Alfred

585

James Laing

James Dowson & Co.

 

7

Alice & Ann (a barque)

391/399
later
349

Rawson & Watson, of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1867/68 & not thereafter. It was owned, per LR, through that entire period, by Barras of South Shields - J. Barras from 1860/61 - for service from Swansea to the Mediterranean (thru 1858/59), from Cardiff to the West Indies (from 1858/59). This launch announcement refers to Barrass & Co., of North Shields, as the vessel's initial owners, acquired for the Mediterranean trade. Turnbull's Register of 1855 records the vessel's then owners as being J. Matthews & J. Barrass, jun., both of Sedghill. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records her then owners as being Jas. Barras of Sedghill, Matthew Barras of Benton & James Barras, jun., of West Cramlington, Northumberland, as her then owners. I read that in Dec. 1859, the vessel was at Odessa, Ukraine, Black Sea. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 15, image soon) lists Jas. Barras, jun., of West Cramlington, as the then owner of the 349 ton vessel. 120.5 ft. long, signal letters LJKS. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel? Or otherwise add anything? Y

13782

8

Amity

479

James Laing

Smith, Scurfield & Co.

?4620

9

Anglo Saxon, or Anglo-Saxon (a ship)

890/766
later
693
later
694

J. Watson or Watson ans Sons

The vessel, 'a clipper built clipper ship' was launched (1 & 2) on Apl. 15, 1854 for Peter Tindale jun., merchant, of London. The vessel is LR listed from 1854/55 thru 1878/79, owned thru 1857/58, per LR, by P. Tindall of London. For service to London, initially ex Sunderland but then ex Shields. In 1858/59, per LR, W. N. Frost, also of London, became the vessel's owner for service consistently ex London, including to China (in 1860/61 thru 1865/66) & Australia (1866/67 thru 1874/75). The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 21, image soon) & 1870 both record Anglo-Saxon (with a hyphen) as owned by W. N. Frost of Wapping, London. In 1876/77 the vessel became, per LR, rather owned by Frost, Cook & Co., also of London. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1875 (in the sail section) & 1876, however, both list Lewis Thos. Crook, of London as her then owner. LR of 1877/78 is not available to the webmaster - but the 1878/79 edition lists L. J. Crook & Co. as the vessel's owner then replaced by E. G. Price. The Mercantile Navy List of 1879 tells us (in the sail section on page 179) that E. G. Price means Edwd. G. Price, of London. 187.6 ft. long, signal letters PLQT. LR of 1878/79 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. On Oct. 11, 1878, per this page the 694 ton barque was abandoned at sea while en route from Dublin, Ireland, to Quebec, Canada. At about 49.30N/16W in the North Atlantic. The vessel was in ballast. The crew, 17 in number, were all saved. An Inquiry was held into the vessel's loss & the cause of the loss was attributed to the condition of the ballast that the vessel had been required to take aboard at Dublin. I now read, in a Google 'snippet', that the NY Times reported on Oct. 31, 1878 that the vessel's captain, Malcoha Macauley, & 12 crew members were rescued by Bridgewater, transferred to Amerique, a French Line steamship, & landed at New York. Bridgewater was, I learn, a tiny 126 ton paddle-steamer, built in 1857 at Liverpool. Can you add anything additional? Y

26563

10

Arctic Hero (a barque)

390/397
later
355

George Booth, of North Sand

The vessel was launched for Nicholson of Blaydon for the Mediterranean trade - launched, I understand on Dec. 29, 1853. Lloyd's Register ('LR') however rather lists Rutherford as the vessel's initial owner, but it would seem that Rutherford & Nicholson owned the vessel in partnership. The vessel is LR listed from 1854/55 thru 1871/72, owned thru 1863/64 by Rutherford of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to New York, later Sunderland to the Black Sea. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records the vessel's then owners as being T. H. Rutherford of Seaham Harbour & G. Nicholson of Winlaton, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Thomas H. Rutherford & Geo. Nicholson. In 1863/64 W. Redman of Newcastle is recorded as the vessel's new owner again for service from Sunderland to the Black Sea, later Newcastle to the Mediterranean. In 1869/70, W. Cass of Goole, Yorkshire, became the vessel's owner for continued service to the Mediterranean. It would seem that along the way the vessel was registered at London. 119.0 ft. long, became 120.5 ft. long (in 1866/67), signal letters LVKF. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel as registered at Goole, Yorkshire, & owned by William Cass of Hull, Yorkshire. On Feb. 10, 1871, per line 1227 here, the 355 ton barque was stranded at Hasborough Sands, near Cromer, Norfolk, while en route from Shields to Guadeloupe, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 15 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by William Cass. Y

15949

11

Ariosto (a snow, later a brig)

278

Lawson Gales, of Hylton

Thos. Cropton & Co.

4667

12

Arnotdale (a ship)

762/833

John & Robert Candlish, of Southwick

The vessel had a very short life, being Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1854/55 & 1855/56 only. The vessel was launched in early Jan. 1854 or in very late Dec. 1853 for Messrs Conbro & Potter of London for the East India trade. LR rather states that i) her owner was Coubro & Co., 2) L. Potter was her captain, & 3) that she was intended for service from London to the Mediterranean. On Mar. 9, 1854, Arnotdale was one of many sailing & steam ships engaged for service as transport ships re the war in the Crimea. These two pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that Lewis Potter was the vessel's owner & that Arnotdale 'carried artillery, gun-carriages, and horses to Constantinople and Varna ; afterwards employed conveying troops, stores, &c., in the Black Sea. On her return to England was wrecked on the Bosphorus on 11 January 1855.' It would appear that the vessel was not issued an Official Number. Anything you can add? The circumstances of her loss, perhaps? Y

 

13

Balmoral (a barque)

417/428
later
388

W. Naisby

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70, owned by W. Davison of North Shields. For service initially from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, later Shields to Spain & to the Mediterranean & ex the Clyde. In 1866/67 W. Davison is recorded as being from Newcastle, the vessel being for service from Newport, Wales to the Mediterranean. In 1867/68 J. Davison of Newcastle is listed as the owner for the same service. No owner's name is recorded in 1869/70, however the listing notes that the vessel had foundered. 122.5 ft. long. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records the vessel as registered at Newcastle & owned by George Otto of North Shields. On Apl. 16, 1870, per line 168 here, the 388 ton barque was involved in a collision & sank 'off the Start' (can anybody tell us exactly where that is) while en route from Shields to Ferrol, NW Spain, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 11 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by George Otto. Y

2286

14

Bankside (a barque)

476/549
later
490
later
435

Austin & Mills

It is not often the webmaster comes across a vessel which did not end up a wreck or abandoned somewhere in the world. This vessel made it safely through a life of over 30 years to its being broken up in 1885/86. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed then from 1855/56 thru 1885/86, owned thru 1860/61 by Pegg & Co., (maybe Peggs & Co.) of London. These cuttings (1 & 2) record her launch on Apl. 13, 1854. For initial service, per LR, from London to California, U.S.A., then (in 1856/57 & 1857/58) for service from Dundee to India & (in the period of 1858/59 thru 1860/61) for service from Sunderland to China. In 1861/62, S. & J. Pegg became the vessel's owner, for service which included London to Australia in the 1862/64 period, & from Sunderland to the Mediterranean during the period of 1864/67. On Feb. 9, 1863, the vessel, under the command of captain Woodruff, left the Downs for Sydney, New South Wales ('NSW'), Australia, arriving there on Jun. 1, 1863. It left on Jul. 25, 1863 for Shanghai, China. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 38, image soon) lists Joseph Pegg of Sunderland as the then owner of the 490 ton vessel, still registered at London. In 1868/69, per LR, Addison of London became the vessel's owner, later G. P. Addison & Co., thru 1881/82, for service from Stockton to Australia (1868/71), & from Leith to the West Indies (1871/74). On Feb. 1, 1869, the vessel left Middlesboro' for Adelaide, South Australia, under the command of Charles Davey. It arrived there on Jul. 31, 1869, went on the Sydney (arrived Sep. 22, 1869) & left Newcastle, NSW, for San Francisco on Nov. 4, 1869 with 700 tons of coal. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1870 & 1880 both record the vessel as registered at London, & owned by G. P. Addison of London. The equivalent lists of 1882 & 1885 both list (in the sail section) Michael Hayhurst, of Sunderland, as her then owner. Hence LR of 1882/83 which lists M. Hayhurst as the then owner of the London registered vessel, thru 1885/86, in which year LR notes that the vessel had been 'Broken up'. 129.5 ft. long, signal letters JNWQ. Anything you can add? Y

6476

15

Basileia (a snow or brig)

273
later
248

George Barker

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1859/60, owned throughout that period, per LR, by 'Rcknsn & Co.' of Whitby. For service from Sunderland to London, but simply ex London in 1859/60. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the brig as owned by J. Rickinson & M. Cowart, both of Whitby. Which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 (image soon) to mean John Rickinson & Middleton Cowart. Per LR, the vessel became of 248 tons in 1859/60. 98.5 ft. long. On Oct. 3, 1859, the vessel, under the command of captain Roberts (presumably T. Roberts), was one of four vessels driven ashore in a severe SE gale at Port Elizabeth, South Africa (S. coast of S. Africa, about 420 miles E. of Cape Town). As you can read here ex here. The vessel is therein described as being a 'regular Natal trader', that had recently had major repairs, costing £400, completed at Natal (SE South Africa, Durban the principal city). Can you tell us more about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

26677

16

Beverley (a barque)

462/478

Todd & Brown

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1860/61, owned throughout that period, per LR, by T. Tindall of London. For service from Sunderland to London, but simply ex London from 1857/58. Signal letters HNMP. It seems likely that the vessel was lost in or about 1861. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel or otherwise add anything?

2289

17

Britannia (a snow or brig, later a barque)

292
later
314/294
later
294
later
277

W. Johnson of Coxgreen

This newspaper cutting announces the launch, likely on May 13, 1854,  of a 250 ton brig for the Mediterranean trade. Data available to the webmaster suggests that the vessel in question was Britannia but I am not certain of that. Britannia is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1866/67, owned thru 1857/58 by Sutherland of Aberdeen, for service from Sunderland to Coquimbo (Chile). Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists James Sutherland, of Aberdeen, as the vessel's then owner. In 1858/59, the vessel, now LR listed as a barque of 314/294 tons, was owned by Mackinlay of Glasgow for some varied service - initially ex Liverpool, from the Clyde to Manila in 1860/61, from London to Mauritius (in 1861/62) & to the West Indies (in 1862/64), from the Clyde to Rosario, Argentina (in 1864/65), & from the Clyde to Halifax, Canada (from 1865/66). The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 052, image soon) records J. & W. Mackinlay of Glasgow, as her then owners. 99.5 ft. long, signal letters KCMJ. LR of 1866/67 notes that the vessel had been 'Abandoned'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened to her or otherwise add anything? Y

8511

18

Calliance (a ship)

784/822

J. Haswell

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1865/66, owned by John Hay of Sunderland, initially for service from Sunderland to India. Later ex London & from 1862/63 to Australia ex London. It would seem that at the time of her loss, the vessel was owned by John Cereswell, of Sunderland. 157.5 ft. long, signal letters PLHG. LR of 1865/66 states 'Wrecked'. On Nov. 30, 1864, Calliance, under the command of George Turnbull Brown, left Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, for the new settlement of Camden Harbour. On Dec. 23, 1864, she ran aground on an unmarked reef at 15.32S/123.3E, 80 miles distant from Camden Harbour on the NW Kimberley coast of Australia. A spot remote to this very day, & located closer to Timor than to Perth, Western Australia, about 2,000 miles to the S. After 30 hours aground, the vessel was got off & on Christmas Day landed her passengers & remaining cargo at Camden Harbour. It was intended that the vessel be inspected there & temporarily repaired. Alas on Jan. 5, 1865, (account of Captain Brown) she was driven by winds onto her final resting place, a reef at Camden Harbour. Calliance was one of 3 ships engaged in the transportation of settlers & their effects including sheep from Melbourne to the new settlement of Camden Harbour. The settlement failed after about a year due, in large part, to a lack of water & inexperience. We thank Catherine Prior for bringing this vessel to the webmaster's attention. Captain Brown was Catherine's GG grandfather. Y

26480

19

Cambrian (a snow)

257

William Pile jun., of North Shore

Langton of London

 

20

Cameo (a barque)

401/408
later
366

G. Booth

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1873/74, owned thru 1861/62 by Johnson & Co. of South Shields, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean thru 1860/61 & to the Mediterranean out of Liverpool in 1861/62. This newspaper cutting records the launch of the vessel on Mar. 28, 1854 at Ham Sand - stated to be a ship but, per LR, always a barque. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel's then owners as being J. Rutherford of Shincliffe Grange & W. S. Johnson of South Shields, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 specifies John Rutherford of Shincliff & W. S. Johnson of South Shields. The vessel became of 366 tons in 1859/60. In 1862/63, per LR, J. Rhind of Shields became the vessel's owner, for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. In 1867/68, per LR, C. Dunn of Shields became the vessel's owner for service from Cardiff to the West Indies, with William Forster her captain thru 1870/71 & W. Foster thereafter. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 59, image soon) & 1870, however, both rather list Thomas Foster of North Shields, as her then owner. Related to the ship's captain? 119.5 ft. long, signal letters PGSK. LR of 1873/74 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Detail about the circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

25627

21

Canaan (a ship, later a barque)

832/922
later
840/922
later
860
later
840

William Wilkinson of Deptford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1883/84 at least. I say 'at least' because LR of 1884/85 is not available to the webmaster, so I cannot check its content. It is not recorded in LR of 1885/86. I believe that this newspaper cutting announced the launch of the vessel in mid Jun. 1854. It is curious perhaps that the vessel's initial captain was named, per LR, S. Gallilee. The vessel was owned thru 1858/59 by J. Miller of Newcastle, for service from Shields to Australia (thru 1856/57) & for service from London to India (thereafter). Turnbull's Register of 1856 records J. Miller of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner. In 1859/60, the vessel became of 840/922 tons & owned by McLachlan of London, thru 1876/77 at least (similar reason re 1877/78). For service to Sydney or generally to Australia from London (essentially thru 1863/64) & from Liverpool to Australia in 1864/65. Thereafter, while under 'McLachlan' ownership it served ex London except for 1873/74 where service from Falmouth to Yokohama, Japan, is indicated. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 59, image soon) & 1870 both list Robert McLachlan, of London, as her then owner. The vessel became a barque in 1872/73, became of 860 tons in 1872/73 & 840 tons in 1876/77. By LR of 1878/79, the vessel, still registered at London was owned by J. Rugaroni - as per MNL of 1880, a resident of Gibraltar. 172.0 ft. long, signal letters LPFV. What finally happened to the vessel in or about 1884, is not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

14699

22

Carinthia (a brig)

434/425

Short

The vessel was initially owned by 'W.Macky' of Newcastle for service from the Clyde to South America. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records the owners as being W. & W. A. Mackey. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states William Mackey

26644

23

Caroline Elizabeth (a barque)

479/505
later
470

Briggs

The webmaster believes that the barque here launched in Feb. 1854, was in fact Caroline Elizabeth. Have not yet researched this vessel which was however initially owned, per Lloyd's Register ('LR') of 1854/55, by T. Todd of London for service from London to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists the vessel as then owned by Robert Thompson, jun., of Southwick, Durham. I happened to spot, in LR of 1868/69, that the 470 ton barque had been 'wrecked'. Then owned by T. Reed of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. 134.9 ft. long, signal letters HCRJ. Can you tell us more?

410

24

Catherine Morrison (a barque)

342/319
later
289
later
272

J. Watson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1873/74, owned for that entire period (per LR) by J. Morrison of North Shields. Initially ex Sunderland, then, for many years from Shields to the West Indies. Varied routes after 1864/65 - Liverpool & Bristol to South America, Cardiff to the Mediterranean, ex Hull, & from the Clyde to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. Morrison, of North Shields, as owners of the 319 ton barque. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records John Morrison as the then owner of the 289 ton barque. 108.5 ft. long, signal letters PBGS. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists John Morrison, of North Shields, as her then owner. On Jan. 2, 1871, per line 1148 here, the 272 ton barque stranded at Galdenoch Bay, Wigtownshire, Scotland, while en route from Ardrossan to Constantinople with a cargo of coal. Off Port Beg. This site, however, states that the vessel, commanded by Captain Bremer (per LR, I. Brimer), was rather en route to Odessa, Ukraine, Black Sea. Crew of 9 - all lost. Then owned by John Morrison. On Apl. 27, 2014, a 20 x 27 1/4 in. watercolour by Raffaele Corsini (1830/1880) of Catherine Morrison entering Smyrna, Turkey, in 1856, was sold via eBay for GBP 450.00. Alas, I have found the item too late. The images of the painting are gone. But all is not lost. This is a Corsini oil on board painting of the vessel thanks to 'the-saleroom.com' (1, 2). Y

24537

25

Chapman (a ship)

750

J. Watson of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1866/67, owned thru 1864/65 by Chapman of London, for consistent service ex London & from 1860/61 thru 1862/63 for service from London to New Zealand ('NZ'). It was launched, in mid Jun. 1854, for Chapman's Australian trade. Just a couple of voyages to NZ. On Jan. 5, 1867 the vessel arrived at Auckland, NZ, ex London via the Cape of Good Hope, with 10 officers, 88 rank & file, many relatives etc., all related to the 58th regiment. A slow voyage, I understand, though I have not spotted her date of departure from London. The vessel later (Mar. 11, 1857) left for Guam. On May 25, 1860, the vessel left Gravesend, London, for the Canterbury region of NZ. It arrived at Lyttelton, NZ, (Christchurch), on Sep. 12, 1860 with 40 passengers & some notable thoroughbred horses & rams. In 1864/65, per LR, the vessel became owned by Austin & Co., also of London, for service from London to NZ. LR of 1866/67 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 159.0 ft. long. The circumstances & date of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

22335

26

Chase

330/298

W. Pile

Dale & Co. - W. R. Dale & S. J. Dale in 1856

5302

27

City of Bristol (a ship, later a barque)

553/619
later
539

Lawson Gales of Hylton

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70. Owned initially by Evans & Co. of Bristol for service from Sunderland to New York, then ex Bristol & from London to Australia. This newspaper cutting records the vessel's launch on Mar. 1, 1854, stated to be for Evans, Son & Avery, merchants of Bristol. I have not exhaustively checked the data at Trove, Australia. However the vessel would seem to have made two voyages to Australia. It left Greenock, River Clyde, on Nov. 19, 1855 & arrived at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Mar. 5, 1856. It later (on Apl. 10, 1856) left in ballast for Guam / Singapore. On May 5, 1857, the vessel left Southampton for Perth, Western  Australia, with 255 emigrants aboard. After a passage of 94 days, the vessel arrived at Perth on Aug. 8, 1857. From 1857/58 to 1869/70, LR records Brass & Co. of London as her owners for service from London to Australia then London to India &, from 1861/62, Sunderland to India. 136.0 ft. long. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, records T. S. Blues of South Shields as the then owner of the South Shields registered vessel. On Dec. 10, 1870, per line 1019 here, the 539 ton barque was stranded at Long Sand (Thames Estuary, Essex), while en route from London to Shields in ballast. Crew of 14 - none lost. Then owned, per that reference, by Thos. S. Blins. Y

26363

28

Columba (a ship)

684/735

Bradley, Potts & Co., of Pallion

This vessel is listed here having seen this 1854 newspaper cutting, kindly provided to the webmaster by a friend of the site. It refers to Columbia, which name clearly should have read Columba, & reports the vessel's owner as being Douglass & Co., of London. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1855/56 & 1856/57 only - a ship per LR owned not by 'Douglass' but rather by Collinson of London, for service ex London. This newspaper cutting, dated Oct. 13, 1856, tells us that the vessel had been lost at Sandheads while en route from Madras (now Chennai) to Calcutta (now Kolkata), both India. 'Sandheads' is an area of shoals about 130 miles SE of Kolkata. I cannot tell you the date of the vessel's loss. Can you tell us more? Y

25245

29

Coral Queen (a barque)

324/370
later
240

E. Bailey of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1872/73. Owned, thru 1860/61, by Bennett & Co. of London, for initial service from London to Algoa Bay (E. coast of S. Africa, about 425 miles E. of Cape of Good Hope), later ex London. From 1861/62 thru 1865/66, per LR, the vessel was owned by 'M'lhush' & Co. (maybe McIhush), also of London, for service from London to Bermuda, later ex the Clyde. From 1865/66 to 1872/73, per LR, the vessel became owned by Anderson & Co., but more likely by Sanderson & Co., of Amble, Northumberland, for service from Blyth to the Baltic, soon from Shields to France, later ex Sunderland & from 1869/70 for service from Blyth to the Baltic again. The vessel became of 240 tons in 1866/67. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 & 1870, however, both list Thomas Leighton of Amble as the then owner of the Shields registered 241 ton vessel. 114.0 ft. long, signal letters JDFM. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. On Nov. 20, 1872, per line 2719 here, the 241 ton barque was stranded at Nidingen (a reef 5 1/2 miles off shore, located S. of Gothenburg, Sweden), while en route from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Gothenburg in ballast. Crew of 9 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by John Henderson. The circumstances of her loss have not yet come to hand. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel, or otherwise add anything? Kevin Tennant now advises (thanks Kevin!) that, per ‘The Sailing Ships of Aln & Coquet ....' by Richard E. Keys, the 241 ton barque was built by E. Bailey of Pallion (Note: such data is confirmed elsewhere). And that the vessel was rather 115.8 ft long. Further that John Henry Gibb, master mariner of Amble & a Kevin Tennant ancestor, was in 1866 the owner of 8 of the 64 shares in the vessel & was the vessel's Captain - from part way thru 1865/66 to 1872/73, per LR. Kevin adds that John Henderson appears to have been the part or full owner of a number of vessels including Sunderland built Elizabeth Henderson & Sundew, both with links to the Gibb family. Y

4597

 

Corsican (a barque)

650?

Forrest & Jackson, of Hylton

This vessel is listed here having seen this 1854 newspaper cutting, kindly provided to the webmaster by a friend of the site. It refers to Corsican, a barque built at Hylton for J. Hay intended for service to Ceylon. It is the webmaster's belief, however, that this vessel must later have been renamed & registered as Silistria (listed here below). Can you tell us more?

 

30

Cumming (a barque)

349/374

R. H. Potts & Bros.

The vessel was launched on Sep. 6, 1854, intended for the 'West India' trade & owned by R. H. Potts and Brothers, her builders. Potts Bros. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean

16248

31

Damietta (a barque)

326/266

John Smith of Pallion

Joyce & Co. of London.

23259

32

Daphne (a ship)

842/760

Thomas Alcock

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1865/66 only. It was launched, I read, on Jul. 10, 1854. It was owned, per LR, thru 1859/60 by J. Alcock of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to India (in the period of 1855/57), from London to Australia (in the period of 1857/59) & then ex London. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. T. Alcock, of Sunderland, as her then owner, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean John T. Alcock - in fact John Thomas Alcock. In 1860/61, Temperley's of London became the vessel's owner for initial service ex London, in 1862/63 for service from Plymouth to India, & from 1863/64 thru 1865/66 for service from London to India. 172.0 ft. long. LR of 1865/66 notes that the ship had been 'LOST'. I have read that on Apl. 18, 1865,'Daphne foundered during a cyclone in the Indian Ocean, her cargo a large quantity of East India produce and 3,115 bales of Surat cotton was valued at £60,000, Crew saved.' Can you tell us more? Y

24748

33

Deptford (a barque)

364/358
later
335

Hodgson & Gardiner, of North Hylton

I do not know, with certainty, in which year this vessel was first registered. It is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1861/62, always referenced to 1854. But three & maybe 4 separate sources state that the vessel was rather built in 1853. The vessel was owned throughout, per LR, by J. Robinson, of Sunderland thru 1856/57 & of South Shields thereafter. Initially for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, in 1857/58 for service from Shields to the West Indies & in the following years to the Mediterranean ex London, Shields & Liverpool. Became of 335 tons in 1857/58. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. & J. Robinson, of Deptford, Sunderland, as the vessel's then owner, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records John Robinson, jun. of South Shields as her then owner. Both referring to an 1853 build date. Signal letters MGTW. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'abandoned'. On Feb. 24, 1862, per line 2125 here, the 335 ton barque was involved in a collision & sank at N48/15W (in the N. Atlantic about 700 miles WSW of Land's End), while en route from Liverpool to Malta. Crew of 12 - none lost. Then stated to be owned by John Robinson & referenced to an 1853 build date. The circumstances of her loss have not yet come to hand, including the name of the vessel with which she collided. Can you tell us what exactly happened or otherwise add anything? Y

17490

34

Diadem

280/259

George Barker Note

Smith & Co.

141

35

Driving Mist (a snow, later a brigantine)

185
later
163
later
145

W. Pile

There are not many vessels that did not end up a wreck or abandoned somewhere. This vessel made it safely through a life of 40 years to its being broken up in Dec. 1894. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70, a LR silence of 4 years, & then likely from 1874/75 thru 1894/95. I say likely because a number of the LR editions are either not available to the webmaster or have bad data. The vessel was initially owned by Maud'sl'y of London, thru 1859/60, for initial service from London to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, & from 1858/59 for service from Liverpool to South America. This cutting records her launch on Feb. 28, 1854, described as a 'fine pleasure yacht' built for William Maudsley, of Brixton, London. With a cabin of polished teak, a figure of a golden eagle on her prow & another eagle carved on her stern. In 1860/61, thru 1869/70 per LR, Hore & Co. of Exeter became the vessel's owner with 'Hore' her captain, initially Hore, later R. Hore. For service ex Liverpool but from 1864/65 for service ex Topsham, Devon. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867, however (page 100, image soon) records William Waters, of Gravesend, London, as the then owner of the 163 ton vessel. The vessel was not LR listed from 1870/71 thru 1873/74. LR of 1874/75 thru 1876/77 lists S. Upton of London as her owner. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 records Solomon Upton of Gravesend, as her then owner. LR of 1877/78 is not available to the webmaster, but LR of 1878/79 records E. Joiner of Faversham, Kent, as the new owner of the vessel, now a brigantine. The Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1880 & 1890 record the vessel as registered at Faversham & owned by Edward Joiner of Whitstable, Kent. Of 145 tons in 1890. From 1892/93 thru 1894/95, LR records J. Smith of Sunderland as the vessel's owner with R. Archbold the manager (in 1894/95). It is likely that J. Smith was of Seaham Harbour, rather than of Sunderland. LR of 1894/95 notes that the vessel had been 'Broken up' in Dec. 1894. 103.0 ft. long, later 98.8 ft (certainly from 1874/75 per LR), signal letters KMDF. Anything you can add? Y

10113

36

Druid (a barque) 1

315/318

Peter Austin

D. Langton

10518

37

Duchess of Northumberland (a barque)

461/531
later
487
later
481

Wm. Reed

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1859/60. Owned, per LR, by S. Mease of North Shields, for initial service from Sunderland to the West Indies, & from 1857/58 for service from Shields to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the then owners of 'D. of Northumberland' to be (verbatim) S. R. D. & J. A. Mease, of North Shields, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 records Solomon, Robert, D. and John A. Mease, all of North Shields as the then owners of the 481 ton Duchess of Northumberland. Paul Roper advises (thanks!) that Solomon Mease (1800/1871) was not only a shipowner & businessman, but was also, twice, the Mayor of Tynemouth, a JP, a Tyne River Commissioner, & a pillar of the Wesleyan Methodist church. He had three sons - Robert Dryden Mease, George Dryden Mease & John Augustus Mease, all of whom at various times were in partnership with their father. The vessel became of 487 tons, per LR, in 1857/58. Paul further advises that per her Surveyor's certificate, the vessel was built by Wm. Reed. Her maiden voyage was to Havanna, Cuba, but subsequently she sailed to Ceylon & Burma, & most of her voyages ended in Antwerp. She left Akyab (now Sittwe, Myanmar), on May 21, 1858 & was never heard of again. Anything you can add? Y

16154

38

Dunbar (a ship)

11671

James Laing

Duncan Dunbar of London

 

39

Dunsandle (a barque)

400/399
later
396
later
359
later
360

Pickersgill & Miller

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1876/77. It was launched in Jan. 1854 - on Jan. 14, 1854, I read. Its initial owner was Dealy & Co. of Liverpool for service from Sunderland to Liverpool. In 1855/56, i.e. the nest year, thru 1856/57, the vessel became owned by Fidds & Co., also of Liverpool, for service from London to California. Ownership changed again in 1857/58 - its owners became Ramsay & Co. again of Liverpool, for service, per LR, from Liverpool to Australia. So far as I can see (thanks to Trove, Australia!), the vessel was in Australia only in 1857. It left Liverpool on Nov. 27, 1856 for Melbourne & arrived there on Apl. 16, 1857. It left Melbourne on May 18, 1857 for Calcutta (now Kolkata), India & left Calcutta on Aug. 28, 1857 to return to Melbourne (arrived Nov. 22, 1857). On Dec. 28, 1857 The barque left Melbourne for Mauritius. There are many references to the vessel loading at London for Australia in Feb. 1860, but I cannot see that the intended voyage became a reality. In 1861/62, R. & R. Sutter of London owned the barque, now of 396 tons, for service ex London. The LR editions of 1863/64 thru 1867/68 list no owner name. In 1868/69, however, T. Blues of South Shields is LR listed as the then owner of the barque, now of 359 tons, for service from Shields to Quebec, Canada. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 101, image soon) & 1870 both record Thomas Smith Blues, of South Shields, as the vessel's then owner. LR of 1876/77 notes that the barque, now of 360 tons, had been 'Abandoned'. 121.0 ft. long, later 122.0 ft., signal letters LPKR. I have read that the vessel, on Sep. 11, 1876, was 'Abandoned and sank after being holed by cargo lost overboard in 45N - 55.30W on passage Quebec for Grangemouth with sawn timber and logs.This page states that the vessel was rather lost on Sep. 10, 1876, indeed at 45N/55.30W, crew of 10 - none lost. Grangemouth is near Falkirk, Firth of Forth, Scotland. Is there anything you can add? Y

14756

40

Durus (a snow)

262/257
later
229

Michael Byers & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1861/62. Owned, per LR, thru 1860/61, by 'Krkwood' of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to the West Indies, but from 1860/61 for service from Liverpool to the Black Sea. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W. Kirkwood, of Sunderland, as the snow's then owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning William Kirkwood. In 1861/62, LR records W. Tullock, also of Sunderland, as the snow's new owner, for continued service from Liverpool to the Black Sea. 94.0 ft. long. LR of 1861/62 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. On Nov. 21, 1861, per line 1464 here, the 229 ton snow was stranded at Aberfrau (Aberffraw, SW coast of Anglesey, N. Wales), while en route from Alexandria, Egypt, to Liverpool with a cargo of cotton. As per this newspaper cutting, the vessel was under the command of Captain Vincent. It became a complete wreck & all of the cargo was lost. Crew of 8 - 1 lost. Then stated to be owned by Wm. Tulloch. This newspaper cutting tells us that the life lost was Captain Vincent, swept off by a heavy sea & drowned. The survivors were saved by boat & her cargo is stated to have been beans. Is there anything you can add? Y

8899

41

Eblana

262

P. Gibson

T. Speeding

6639

42

Ecliptic (a barque)

340/330
later
314

Lightfoot of Hylton Dene (or of Pallion per LR et al)

I believe that these (1 & 2) cuttings announce the vessel's launch on Apl. 11, 1854 - said to have been built for Brown & Sacker of Sunderland for the West Indies trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1869/70. Owned, per LR, thru 1857/58, not by Brown & Sacker but rather by J. Longton of Liverpool, for service from Sunderland to the Rio Plata (River Plate, Argentina & Uruguay) & in 1857/58 ex Liverpool. In 1858/59, per LR, Hodgson of London became the vessel's owner for service ex London to the Falkland Islands (1858/59), to South America (1859/60), to China (1861/62) & to Australia in 1862/63. The many editions of LR from 1862/64 thru 1869/70 report no owner name but do still refer to service from London to Australia. I have not spotted the vessel in LR after 1870/71. It is clear that the vessel was not lost in or about 1871, rather the vessel had been sold to Edwin Holmes of Melbourne, Australia, who is the vessel's owner as stated in the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 105, image soon). William Eldridge, of Melbourne, owned the vessel later, per the Mercantile Navy Lists of 1870 & 1880. 116.0 ft. long, signal letters JTCL. It would appear that the vessel regularly carried coal from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, to other Australian ports. On Mar. 26, 1874, Ecliptic left Newcastle for Melbourne under the command of Nelson Eldridge, a part owner of the vessel with his brother William Eldridge of Richmond. She carried 470 tons of coal & was manned by a crew of 10 all told which included the son of her captain as her chief officer. On Mar. 31, 1874 the vessel was wrecked (1 & 2) on Chommel Island off Wilson's Promontory. Only William Singleton, a young seaman, survived the disaster - just 2 bodies were recovered. The vessel was utterly destroyed. There are many articles about the wreck at Trove, Australia, & surely many earlier references to her service in Australia (such search not yet undertaken). Can you add anything? Y

7462

43

Eden

246

Arrow Leithead

John Hay

26288

44

Edendale (a ship)

837/1003
later
890
later
891

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

This vessel was launched in late Jan. 1854, for Edmund Graham of Cotfield, Gateshead, intended for the East India trade. It was always registered at Newcastle, it would appear. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1867/68, owned, per LR, thru 1861/62, by E. Graham, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean (thru 1858/59) & then ex London. On Mar. 18, 1854, Edendale was one of many ships engaged by the British Government for service as transport ships re the Crimean War. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that Edward Grahame was in 1854 the vessel's owner & that Edendale 'Conveyed artillery, gun-carriages, and horses to Constantinople and Varna ; afterwards employed on various services in the Black Sea.' Varna is in Bulgaria, on the Black Sea coast. David Watts advises that Marwood's Directory of 1854/55 lists Edward Graham of Newcastle, as the vessel's then owner, with J. Lash the vessel's captain. That listing seems to have been in error, however (Edmund Graham). Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists E. Graham, of Newcastle, as the ship's then owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Edmund Graham. The vessel became, per LR, of 890 tons in 1859/60 & 891 tons in 1861/62. In 1861/62, LR records Kidston & Co. of Glasgow as the ship's new owner, thru 1867/68, for service from London to India, but from 1864/65 for service from the Clyde to India. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 105, image soon) lists Archibald Glen Kidston, of Glasgow, as her then owner. 171.0 ft. long, signal letters LJFP. LR of 1867/68 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss, in or about 1868, or otherwise add anything additional? Y

13734

45

Eena (a schooner)

189

Bailey of Pallion

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1862/63 only, owned for that entire if brief period, per LR, by E. Hickey of London, for service from London to Sydney, Australia. The webmaster believes that these announcements (1 & 2) of a launch on Apl.13, 1854 is in respect of this vessel and that 'Hikie' & E. Hickey are one & the same person. The vessel would seem not to have been granted an Official Number - perhaps it was registered 'elsewhere'. Though a vessel of the name was registered at Calcutta (now Kolkata), India & numbered ON 32750. I have spotted just a few references to the vessel at Trove, Australia - including one re the vessel leaving Sydney for Calcutta, India, in Jan. 1856. As stated above, the vessel was last LR listed in 1862/63. There is one brief reference at Trove that seems to relate to the vessel. Severe weather hit Fremantle, Western Australia, in early Sep. 1863 & a vessel named Eena was driven onto the beach at Fremantle on Sep. 8, 1863. It was expected to be got off once its cargo was removed. Now it would appear that there may have been 2 vessels named Eena at Fremantle at about that time, but the other Eena, also built at Sunderland & covered above, would appear to have left Fremantle for Singapore on Aug. 31, 1863. So could the vessel which was driven ashore on Sep. 8, 1863 have been this vessel? Was it got off or was the vessel lost as a result of the grounding? I need help! The vessel's eventual loss may well not relate to that incident at all. A puzzle is that I cannot see that the vessel was ever granted an ON number. Anything you can add? Y

 

46

Elizabeths

269/260

Lister & Bartram

E. Gare

669

47

Englishman (a snow)

163
later
144

W. Taylor & Son.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1869/70. The vessel was owned, in 1854/55, per LR, by 'Sharland' of Southampton, for service as a Sunderland coaster. In 1855/56, J. Mitchell of Glasgow became the vessel's owner, thru 1866/67, for service ex the Clyde, to i) Oporto, Portugal (thru 1857/58), ii) the Mediterranean (1858/1861), iii) Lisbon, Portugal (1861/63) & iv) Spain (1863/64 thru 1865/66). The vessel became of 144 tons in 1861/62. In 1866/67, thru 1869/70, J. Peile of Workington, Cumbria, became the vessel's owner for service as a Workington coaster. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 125, image soon) lists Joseph Peile, jun., of Workington, as the then owner of the Workington registered vessel. The 1870 equivalent lists Joseph Peile. 82.5 ft. long, signal letters HBRD. LR of 1869/70 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss & when it occurred are not yet to hand. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

167

48

Enthusiast (a barque)

317/319
later
283

William Harkess, at North Sand

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1874/75 at least (LR of 1875/76 is not available to the webmaster). The vessel was owned, thru 1857/58, by Longton & Co. & was registered at Liverpool - for service from London to the West Indies. It would seem that the vessel was Liverpool registered for its entire lifetime. From 1858/59 thru 1859/60, 'Nichlsn' presumably Nicholson, owned the vessel for service ex London. The vessel became of 283 tons in 1860/61, in which year, thru 1866/67, the vessel became owned by 'Doward' for service to the West Indies ex Liverpool or the Clyde. In 1866/67 & thru 1874/75, J. Ditchburn owned the vessel for service ex London & the Clyde to the West Indies or South America (where destinations are indicated). The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 126) & 1870, both list John Ditchburn as her owner - of Liverpool in 1867 & of Limehouse, Middlesex, i.e. London, in 1870. 'crewlist.org.uk' advise that the vessel was destroyed by fire on Sep. 17, 1874. Thanks to Google & to the Harvard College Library, per this page, we can advise you that the vessel was lost at 12.19N/50.09W in the North Atlantic, about 500 miles off the coast of South America, while en route from London to Demerera (British Guyana now Guyana) with a coal (140 tons) & general cargo. Crew of 11 - none lost. It was lost on Sep. 16, 1874, per that page. Can you tell us how the crew were rescued or otherwise add anything? Y

24118

49

Eskdale (launched as Better Luck Still) (a barque)

416/486
later
437
later
416

Robert Thompson & Sons (JLT)

This vessel was launched on Jul. 12, 1854 as Better Luck Still. For Edmund Graham of Gateshead, intended for the Eastern trade. Its name was changed to Eskdale in which name it would appear to be first listed in Lloyd's Register ('LR') in 1855/56. The vessel is LR listed then from 1855/56 thru 1878/79, owned, per LR, thru 1861/62, by E. Graham & registered at Newcastle. Both Turnbull's Register of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858, list E. (or Edmund) Graham of Newcastle as her then owner. During Graham's period of ownership, the barque served (in the period of 1855/58) from Sunderland to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the period of 1858/61 from London to India, & maybe, in 1861/62, for service from Shields to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In 1861/62, W. Templeton became the owner of the barque, now of 437 tons & still registered at Newcastle, for service ex the Clyde & in the period of 1861/63 to India. In 1864/65, Gosman & Co., of London, became, per LR, thru 1867/68, the vessel's owner for service to Madras (now Chennai) India ex the Clyde or ex London. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 127, image soon) lists Alexander Gosman of London as her then owner. In 1867/68, J. Gray of Whitby became the vessel's owner for service initially from Sunderland to the Mediterranean but from 1868/69 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists the vessel, then of 437 tons & registered at Whitby, as owned by James Gray of Whitby. The vessel became, per LR, of 416 tons in 1872/73. 120.0 ft. long, signal letters PLWR. LR of 1879/80 notes that the vessel was 'To be Broken Up'. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

26637

50

Esmeralda (a barque)

450

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1861/62, & not thereafter. Initially owned by Towse & Co. of London for service from London to Australia. On Jun. 24, 1854 (about 80% down page), the vessel left London for Perth, Western Australia, & Madras, India. It arrived at Fremantle (Perth) on Oct. 14, 1854, after a passage of 112 days, with 205 (or 208 (Ctl F8 & Esmeralda) passengers & cargo aboard. Diane Oldman advises (thanks!) that the vessel left Fremantle on Feb. 25, 1856 for the Crimean War with 3 officers & 19 sappers & miners. The war was over, however, before they could go into action. From 1858/59, per LR, Cooper & Co. of London was her owner, also for service from London to Australia. What later happened to the vessel? In early 1862, a 'British bark' of the name was lost off Halfmoon Key (Florida or perhaps the Bahamas) & her captain & crew were taken to Aspinwall, now Colón, Panama. I cannot tell you, however, if the Esmeralda referred to is 'our' Esmeralda - there were many vessels of the name. Can anybody add anything, particularly anything related to Crimea? Y

24572

51

Eupatoria (a snow or brig)

297
later
263
later
264

J. & J. Robinson, of Deptford

This vessel was launched in mid Jun. 1854, for T. & J. Marwood, of Whitby, intended for the Mediterranean trade. Eupatoria? The name likely relates to the Crimean War of 1853/1856 - today Yevpatoria, an ancient city on the W. coast of Crimea (Black Sea). The vessel is LR listed from 1855/56 thru 1881/82, owned for that entire period, per LR, by Marwood of Whitby. Initially by 'Marwood' but from 1876/77 by T. Marwood & Sons. The vessel initially served the Mediterranean i) ex Sunderland (thru 1858/59) then ii) from Leith, Scotland (in 1859/60 & 1860/61). After that last date she served ex Sunderland, per LR, to China in the period of 1861 thru 1865, then to the Mediterranean. The vessel became of 263 tons in 1856/57 & 264 tons in 1876/77. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T., J., and W. Marwood of Whitby, to be her then owners, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858, clarifies as meaning Thomas, William and John Marwood. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1870 & 1880 both list Thomas Marwood of Whitby as her then owner. LR of 1881/82 notes that the vessel had gone 'Missing'. 99.0 ft. long, signal letters NSJQ. I read (line 204) that the brig was lost with all hands in the North Sea on Mar. 4, 1881. The circumstances of the vessel's loss & exactly where it happened are not yet to hand. Can you tell us anything additional? Y

23621

52

Excelsior (a barque)

415/418

Rawson & Watson

E. Hogg - E. H. Hogg of North Shields in 1856. John H. Hogg of North Shields in 1858. Owned by G. Thompson, of Sunderland, in 1867. Signal letters LSGP

15430

53

Faith (a snow)

286

Robert Reay of North Hylton

Ray & Son, of Portsmouth

 

54

Freedom

346/338

H. Carr

Harper & - W. & J. S. Harper, R. H. Weightman, R. Swan & W. Wigham in 1856

2271

55

Golddigger (a snow)

152

John Smith, of Pallion

G. Gorton of London

 

56

Great Britain (a ship)

514/573

George Barker, of Wreath Banks

Douglas & Co. of London. This page tells us that in Dec. 1861, the vessel, en route from Montreal, Canada, to London, was ashore at Anticosti island (off St. Lawrence river north shore). No exact date is stated.

 

57

Great Northern (a 90 or 120 HP steamer)

577

James Laing

So far as I can see, this vessel was not listed in Lloyd's Register. I wonder why not? It was built, it would seem, for Richard Young (1809-1871) of Wisbech - a prominent citizen indeed - a Member of Parliament, the Mayor of Wisbech from 1858 to 1862, in 1871 a sheriff of the City of London - and a ship owner. At a date in 1855, likely in Jan. 1955, the vessel carried a railway locomotive to the Crimea, said to be the first locomotive used on a new railway line built from Balaklava to the English camp before Sebastopol. To supply that camp with military stores & provisions. One of a fleet of 9 vessels assembled to carry rails, sleepers, machinery etc. & also necessary manpower to the Crimea to build that railway. As per this page ex this volume. In Sep. 1855, the vessel arrived at Portsmouth from Marseilles, France, to take on board a cargo of ammunition for the Crimea. In Jul. 1856, the vessel arrived at Wisbech were she was registered, her cargo containing two large bomb shells, some cannon balls & grapeshot, which were presented to the (presumably) Wisbech museum by Mr Edward Young, son of the vessel's owner. It would seem that Great Northern was the cause of two vessels being sunk in the Thames Estuary near Gravesend - re Sea Drift, a brig, on Jan. 7, 1859 & re Agenoria, a schooner on Jul. 11, 1862. As per this page ex this volume. Agenoria was run aground, apparently. On Jan. 2, 1866, the steamer left Newcastle for Tönning, northern Germany, but had to be abandoned at seas when 'about 40 miles from land'. The steamer's captain (Billet) & 7 crew members safely arrived off Bjergaara (cannot identify - likely in Denmark), while the remainder of the crew left the ship in a long boat. Did they make it safely, I wonder? The data we have, limited as it is, is available thanks to Gildas Le Briquir, & also to Rod Clayburn, both of whom we thank. Can you add anything? Y

14493

58

Haltwhistle

440/441

M. Tweddell

M. Twddll i.e. M. Tweddell

4638

59

Henrietta (a ship, later a barque)

450/473
later
369
later
432

William Harkass

Per this most informative newspaper cutting, the vessel was launched on May 4, 1854 (as I interpret the words) for Edward, William & Charles Rayner, of Sunderland. The vessel would seem to have been initially intended for service from Sunderland to Singapore. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1869/70, owned for that entire period (per LR) by Rayner Bros. of Sunderland. Initially for service from Sunderland to Singapore, soon ex the Clyde to India & to New Zealand & from 1861/62 ex London. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists E. P. & C. R. Rayner, of Sunderland, as owners of the 369 ton ship, which data is confirmed by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858. Per LR the vessel became a barque in 1860/61. 132.0 ft. long. On Apl. 3, 1870, per line 781 here, (which lists the vessel's O.N. incorrectly) the 432 ton barque foundered off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, while en route from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal. Crew of 6 - none lost. Then owned by John Crawford. Y

13376

60

Henry Metcalf

262

Forrest & Co.

Metcalf & i.e. E. Metcalfe

8492

61

Heron (a snow)

226

R. H. Potts & Bros.

Potts Bros. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Bordeaux, France

23523

62

Her Majesty

848

Byers & Co.

John Roger Watkins

 

 

Isabella or Isabellas (a snow or brig)

219
later
199

Hylton Carr of South Hylton

The record for this vessel is confusing indeed. It is at present included below, rightly or wrongly, as being built in 1855.

7632

63

Isabella Hay (a snow or brig)

267

T. & J. Robinson at Hylton

Per this newspaper cutting, the vessel was launched on May 10, 1854 for Mr. Marks of Sunderland. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1865/66, owned thru 1864/65 (per LR) not by 'Marks' but rather by R. Hay of North Shields. For service thru 1860/61 from Shields to the Mediterranean & thereafter for service from Limerick, Ireland, to New York. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists R. Hay of N. Shields, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Richard Hay. In 1865/66, Moore & Co. of Sunderland became the vessel's owner for service from Sunderland to the Baltic. 96.0 ft. long. LR of 1865/66 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened to her? Y

11751

64

Island Queen (a barque)

393/418
later
395

S. Hodgson

Wheatley of North Shields - H. Wheatley in 1856. Initially for service to Aden, later to Mediterranean. On Jan. 31, 1860, per line 57 here, the 385 ton barque was abandoned, at 47N/7W while en route from Cardiff to Malaga, Spain, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 13 - none lost. Then owned by Henry Wheatley.

17040

65

James Montgomery

374/446

Geo. Worthy

Hansell - R., R., T., & J. B. Hansell & J. Blackwell in 1856

10183

66

Joshua & Mary (a snow, later a schooner)

243
later
218

John Smith

Miller & Co. of London

26482

67

Juno (a snow)

260/254
later
223

W. Reed

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1863/64. The vessel was owned, thru 1859/60, by C. Alcock of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to Hamburg, Germany. It seems likely that this is the Juno, a brig, referred to on the 6th line on this page, ex here, which struck the bar at Sunderland & sank in the river on Nov. 15, 1854. Damaged, it presumably was soon raised & repaired. In 1860/61, the vessel, now of 223 tons, is listed as owned by 'Egglestne' (with an 'e' at the end), of Sunderland, for service ex Sunderland. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Henry Eggleston, of Sunderland, as her then owner. 95.0 ft. long, signal letters KCFT. Strangely, the vessel is noted to have been LOST in LR editions of both 1862/63 & 1863/64. The circumstances of her loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us what happened or otherwise add anything? Y

8443

68

Lady Ann (a ship, later a barque)

685/745
later
688

John Smith of Pallion

Per these (1 & 2) newspaper cuttings, the vessel was launched on Apl. 13, 1854 for Sir Geo. Hodgkinson of London, intended for the East India trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1881/82. The vessel was initially owned, for about two years only, by Hodgkinson of London for service from London to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. In 1856/57, per LR, D. Dunbar i.e. Duncan Dunbar, became the vessel's owner for service ex London & from 1861/62 for service from London to Australia. From 1864/65 to 1881/82 the vessel was owned by Prowse of London, initially Prowse, from 1867/68 T. Prowse & from 1873/74 J. Prowse. For service from London to i) New Zealand ('NZ') in the 1864/65 thru 1867/68 period, ii) to Australia (1868/69 & 1869/70). iii) to Karachi, now Pakistan, from 1870/71 to 1871/72), iv) from Belfast to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1872/73 & v) from London to Ceylon in 1872/73. The vessel became of 688 tons in 1864/65 & became a barque in 1870/71. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 218, image soon) & 1870 both list John Prowse of London as her then owner.  147.0 ft. long, signal letters NQDJ. I have not read what finally happened to the vessel in or about 1881. Can you tell us what happened or otherwise add anything?
Time is not now available to permit the webmaster to research at Trove, Australia or at PapersPast the vessel's many voyages to Australia & NZ. However, on its maiden voyage, the ship left Plymouth on Jun. 26, 1854 & arrived at Sydney on Sep. 29, 1854 with 3 passengers & 299 immigrants - after a voyage of 85 days from Land's End. It left for its return voyage to London on or about Jan. 13, 1855. The vessel left Plymouth on Jul. 6, 1859 for Port Adelaide & arrived there on Oct. 1, 1859 with 262 immigrants as per this fine site. There are thousands of references to the vessel at Trove, Australia. Doubtless there are many many more voyages down under. Y

23076

69

Lan Tong (a barque)

439

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is not Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed. It is possible that the vessel was earlier named Jane - I have checked a few years of LR re Jane but so far have found no data that relates. Registered at Hong Kong (here, enter 41203). The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 (on page 222) records Marion Laceres Barnard, of Hong Kong, as her then owner. On Jan. 13, 1870, per line 17 here, the 439 ton barque was stranded at the Island of Samar, while en route from Manila, the Philippines, to Shanghai, China, with a cargo of timber. Then owned by Marion L. Barnard. The vessel's loss was the subject of a Board of Trade Inquiry which determined that the captain was justified in running his unseaworthy ship ashore to save life. Y

41203

70

Lebanon (a snow or brig)

284
later
249

J. Candlish (maybe Candlish Brothers)

This vessel was launched on Jul. 10, 1854, intended for the Mediterranean trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1859/60 only. It was initially owned, thru 1856/57 per LR, by J. Candlish of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1857/58, the vessel, now of 249 tons, was, per LR, owned by Somerville of Shields for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856, however, already lists the vessel as registered at Shields & owned by J. Somerville of North Shields, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean James Somerville. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel, in or about 1859, or otherwise add anything? Y

24798

71

Leonard Wright (a snow)

250
later
223

Hume & esson

The vessel was owned for its brief lifetime by L. Wright i.e. Leonard Wright (L. & W. Wright in 1856) of South Shields - for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. On Jun. 7, 1860, per line 208 here, the 223 ton snow was stranded at  Oesel (Saaremaa), Estonia, while en route from Shields to Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) with a cargo of coal. It would seem that none of the 14 man crew were lost. The vessel was then owned by Leonard Wright. Y

8384

72

Liddesdale (a barque)

338/306

James Hardie, of Southwick

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1857/58 only, referenced as an 1854 vessel. Owned, for that brief period by W. Black of South Shields, for service from Sunderland to the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), & in 1857/58 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being W. Black of North Shields & J. Montgomery of Newcastle. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists the vessel as & owned by William Black of South Shields. Both state the vessel to be an 1853 vessel. So far as I can see, the vessel is not LR listed after 1857/58. I cannot tell you yet what happened to the vessel. Can you tell us what happened to her, in or about 1858, or otherwise add anything? Y

15424

73

Lord Raglan (a ship)

802/923

Robert Thompson & Sons

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1860/61, owned throughout that entire period by Nichols'n of Sunderland - initially for service ex Sunderland but from 1855/56 for service ex London. It would seem that the vessel was always registered at Sunderland. It was launched on Mar. 29, 1854. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being W. Nicholson, W. Nicholson, jun., J. Nicholson & C. Taylor, all of Sunderland. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 specifies William, John, and William Nicholson, Jun., C. Taylor. On Mar. 13, 1860, per line 106 here, the 835 ton ship was wrecked on the Kattywar Coast (W. coast of India) while en route from Bombay (now Mumbai), India, to Kurrachee (now Karachi, Pakistan, I presume) with a cargo of linseed etc. Crew of 26 - none lost. Then owned by William Nicholson. Anything you can add? Y

26433

74

Madras

485/479

Stothard

G. Avery -  also in 1856

11987

75

Maize (a snow, later a brig, but LR states from 1866/67 a schooner)

218
later
216
later
200

Reay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1870/71, owned thru 1858/59 at least by Ray & Son of Portsmouth, for service from Sunderland to Quebec, Canada. Was registered at Portsmouth. Later registered at London. In 1859/60, J. Smith of London became her owner for service from Falmouth to Sierra Leone, West Africa. In 1863/64, Adams & Co. of London became her owner for service as a London coaster. 91.5 ft. long, signal letters MBDT. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists C. M. Shepherd of Deptford, Kent, as her then owner. LR of 1870/71 states 'stranded'. On Jan. 23, 1871, per line 1181 here, the 200 ton brig stranded near the S. Pier at South Shields, while en route from Boulogne, France, to Shields in ballast. Crew of 7 - none lost. Then owned by Thomas E. Gaskin. A puzzle, perhaps, is that from 1866/67 LR lists the vessel as a schooner. Y

16348

76

Margaret

269/247

J. Hardie

Thompson - Geo Thompson to S. Tysack in 1857/58

 

77

Maria Hay (a ship)

980/1007
later
924

John Crown

This vessel was launched in Jan. 1854. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1872/73, owned for many years by members of the Hay family of Sunderland - John Hay thru 1866/67 & R. B. Hay from 1866/67 thru 1868/69. For service from London to Australia (thru 1857/58), ex London, from London to India (1859/60 thru 1862/63), from London to Australia again (thru 1868/69). Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. Hay of Sunderland as her then owner, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning John Hay. In 1868/69, per LR, H. Brown, of Cork, Ireland, became the vessel's owner for service ex Cork. T. & W. Hobley, of Carnarvon, Wales, per LR became the vessel's owner in 1869/70 for continued service ex Cork. However, the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists the vessel as then registered at Sunderland & owned by John Hay, while the 1870 equivalent still lists Robt. B. Hay of London as owner of the vessel, now London registered. 173.0 ft. long, signal letters HDGR. LR of 1872/73 states 'foundered'. On Apl. 5, 1872, per line 2369 here, the 924 ton ship foundered at sea during a voyage related to the carriage of guano ex Guanape (2 barren, small, islands located 8 miles off the coast of Peru)- the available detail is limited. Crew of 20 - none lost. Then owned by Thomas Hobley. Y

536

78

Napier (a lighter)

56

J. Hardie

James Hardie

 

79

Newcastle (a barque)

378/362
later
344

J. Hardie

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1867/68, owned, for that entire period, per LR, by 'Middle Dk Co.' of Newcastle. Which names is clarified by both Turnbull's Register of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Middle Dock Company of Newcastle. Initially for service ex Sunderland, from 1855/56 thru 1856/57 for service from Shields to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), from Shields to Spain in the 1857/59 period, from the Clyde to the Mediterranean in 1859/1861 & thereafter from Liverpool to the Mediterranean. Now the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 230, image soon) lists Thomas H. Henderson as her then owner, & his address is stated to have been Middle Dock, South Shields. 112.5 ft. long, signal letters NWVH. LR of 1867/68 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. Line 11 on this page (ex here) lists the stranding of the 14 year old Newcastle, at Hasboro Sands (Hasborough Sands, near Cromer, Norfolk) on Jan. 6, 1867. The vessel was en route from Shields to Alexandria, Egypt, with a cargo of coal. 3 of the crew of 12 lost their lives in the wreck. Can you tell us more? Y

24471

80

New Era

820

Sykes & Co.

Wait & Co. -  J. & J. Waite, J. Rhind, J. & J. Waite jun. & J. Waite in 1856 but names may be correctly Wait

13790

81

New Great Britain (a ship)

553/570

J. Reed of Pallion - but see final text at right.

This vessel was launched, likely in late Jan. 1854, for Temperley of London, intended for the China trade. It was always registered at London, it would seem. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1864/65 & not thereafter. It was owned, for that entire period, per LR, by 'Temperly' of London, initially (1854/55) for service from London to Montreal, Canada, in the period of 1855/57 for service from London to Australia, in 1858/60 for service from Southampton to China, in 1860/62 for service from Liverpool to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), in 1862/65 for service from London to New Zealand ('NZ'). Via Trove, Australia, I have tried to track the vessel's voyages to Australia. But do check that the detail which follows is fully accurate. i) the vessel left London on Oct. 28, 1854 for Melbourne & arrived there on Feb. 19, 1855 with 123 passengers. It left on Apl. 19, 1855 & arrived back at Deal on Jul. 30, 1855. ii) On Oct. 30, 1855 the vessel left for Melbourne with 16 passengers, arriving there on Feb. 23, 1856. It left for London on Apl. 15, 1856 with a cargo that included gold, maybe 50,000 ounces of gold. iii) On Sep. 21, 1856, the vessel left Southampton for Moreton Bay, Brisbane, with 262 passengers (arrived on Jan. 5, 1857 with 264). The vessel later arrived at Colombo, Ceylon, on Mar. 28, 1857. iv) On Jul. 27, 1857 the vessel arrived at Sydney, ex Brisbane, to take on a cargo of wool. v) In early 1858, the vessel was en route from London to Hong Kong. It saved the 27 person crew of Tantivy, a ship en route from Callao, Peru, to Cork, Ireland, with a cargo of guano. Tantivy had encountered severe weather, & took on so much water it had to be abandoned at sea, at 32S/19.30W (mid S. Atlantic). Tantivy's crew were safely landed at Table Bay, South Africa. vi) On May 15, 1861 the vessel left Hong Kong for Sydney (arrived Sep. 1, 1861) & Melbourne (arrived Sep. 24, 1861) with a total of 285 Chinese immigrants. vii) A series of voyages followed it would seem between Melbourne & Otago, NZ. 140.0 ft. long. LR of 1864/65 notes that the ship had been 'LOST'. On May 3, 1863, the vessel left Gravesend for NZ. It was at Bluff Harbour, near Invercargill (S. end of S. island of NZ), on Feb. 2, 1864 (col.#8) when the area was struck by a massive storm that resulted in 8 vessels being stranded or wrecked. New Great Britain was driven ashore at Teiwai Point & ended up jammed between two rocks. She was towed off by Aphrasia &, much damaged, was moored at Bluff Harbour. I read that the vessel was stripped & sold for an aggregate of about £1,000. Was that the end of the vessel? I am not sure. It would seem that a vessel of the same name arrived at Newcastle, New South Wales from Bluff Harbour, with Ogilvy her captain, on Jun. 23, 1864. And in Aug, 1864 such vessel left Newcastle for Melbourne. Can you tell us if New Great Britain was, in fact, rebuilt & repaired & continued in service? Or otherwise add anything? Another puzzle, perhaps, is that LR editions from & after 1860/61 state the vessel's builder to have been W. Briggs rather than J. Reed. Y

26569

82

Norwood (a ship)

804/819

Unknown to webmaster

'Lusc'mbe', probably Messrs J. H. Luscombe

57

83

Odessa Packet (a snow, later a brig)

295/310
later
274

John & Jas. Robinson, of Deptford

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1874/75 at least, owned thru 1860/61 by J. Smith of Sunderland. It was initially listed as built in 1853 but that error (?) was corrected in 1857/58 to read 1854. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean and, from 1859/60, for service from Hull to the Mediterranean. The vessel became of 274 tons in 1859/60. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists the vessel as first registered in 1853 & owned by William Robinson of Sunderland - a name not referenced by LR. In 1861/62, per LR, R. Bell, of Blyth, became the vessel's owner for service initially from Blyth to London but from 1862/63 for service from Blyth to the Baltic. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (on page 287) lists, however, the vessel as then owned by John Bell, as also does the 1870 equivalent, both of Blyth - the vessel being Shields registered in both cases. 99.0 ft. long, signal letters MFDJ. It is a puzzle why the vessel was still LR listed in 1874/75. On May 9, 1872, per line 2438 here, the 274 ton brig stranded at Lasker (presumably in Sweden), while en route from Ystad (S. coast of Sweden), to Soderham (Söderhamn, Sweden, on Gulf of Bothnia), in ballast. Crew of 9 - none lost. Then owned by Robert Bell. Y

17075

84

Rack (a lighter)

31

J. Hardie

William Hay

 

85

Robert & Sarah

235/219

Robert Thompson & Sons

R. Thmpsn thru 1857/58 but per this page W. (William) Burn, J. (James) Bryden, R. (Robert) Tynemouth, J. Stavers & J. (James) Martin in 1856. And in 1858

25963

86

Robert Passenger (barque)

480/479

Havelock & Robson

It is my belief that this launch announcement is in respect of the barque later named Robert Passenger, to be owned by a London company for the China trade  - launched, I have read on Dec. 30, 1853. Per Lloyd's Register ('LR') of 1855/56, Ledger & Co. of London was the vessel's initial owner for service from London to Australia. For the moment I have accepted 1854 as the barque's year of first registry as recorded by LR. It may well be, however, that 1853 will prove to be correct. I read that on Aug. 30, 1855, the vessel left Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, for Mauritius, with 262 presumably Indian emigrants. I read also that in late Dec. 1860 the vessel was expected to arrive at San Francisco with a 'large load of coolies'. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 328, image soon) lists the vessel as then registered at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, & owned by Benjamin B. Nicholson of Melbourne. The 1868 equivalent lists Melbourne Banking Corpo (presumably Corporation) (Lim.), also of Melbourne, as the then owner of the vessel, now of 440 tons. While the 1870 equivalent lists Harold Selwyn Smith, also of Melbourne, as her then owner (now of 409 tons). By 1875, Jos. Evariste Bayon, of Port Louis, Mauritius, owned the Port Louis registered vessel. The vessel is similarly listed in 1876 but is not listed in the 1879 edition. 130.0 ft. long, signal letters LGSF. Hopefully more data in due course. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel, or otherwise add anything? Y

13384

87

Royal Family

915

Byers & Co.

John Roger Watkins

 

88

Runnymede (a ship, later a barque)

720

Unknown to webmaster

The webmaster has not yet researched this vessel. Which is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1865/66, initially owned, per LR, by T. Brass & Co. of Bristol. For service from Sunderland to the East Indies, which service soon became from London to Australia. In 1864/65, T. Lewis, of London, became the vessel's owner, also for service from London to Australia. 156.0 ft. long. On Feb. 6, 1865 the vessel, under the command of F. Little, left London for Adelaide, South Australia via Plymouth (left Feb. 14). The vessel arrived at Adelaide on May 28, 1865 with 9 cabin passengers & a varied cargo. It later left Adelaide, on or about Nov. 2, 1865, for Wallaroo, South Australia, where it arrived on Nov. 5, 1865. On Dec. 6, 1865 the vessel left Wallaroo for Swansea, Wales, with 650 tons of copper ore ex the Moonta Mining Association. LR of 1865/66 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. En route to Swansea, the vessel sprang a leak when it was off Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia. The leak was modest & the vessel continued on its voyage after jettisoning part of its cargo. The leaks continued & the ship hoped to make Simon's Bay, South Africa, for repairs. However, the vessel was hit by a major sea when about 30 miles S. of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, as a result of which the vessel was dismasted & the holds soon contained 9 feet of water. Ship's boats were launched, the vessel was abandoned, & the crew safely, in due course, arrived at Elizabeth's Bay, South Africa, after a harrowing journey that saw the loss of two of the three ship's boats. All as per this extensive May 1866 article ex here. Can you tell us anything additional, maybe the exact date of her loss? Y

14724

89

Saxon King

454

James Laing

Langton & Co.

 

90

Sebastopol (a ship)

804/849

Arrow Leithead

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1855/56 only, owned, per LR, by 'Tweddel' of South Shields, for service from Sunderland to London. Likely M. Tweddell. The ship may well, however, have been permanently named with a different name, & appear in later editions of LR, since the  vessel's name is noted in LR of 1855/56 as being 'protem'. With its name and at its time in history, one might think that the vessel could have served as a transport ship re the Crimean War, but I can find no data to support that position. It would seem that the vessel was not granted an Official Number, at least as Sebastopol, so it may have not survived beyond 1854. There are more questions than answers re this ship. Can you help unravel the puzzle?

 

91

Silistria, likely launched as Corsican (a barque)

442/416
later
394/416

Forest & Co., maybe Forrest & Jackson, of Hylton

I commence this listing with a newspaper cutting kindly provided to the webmaster by a friend of the site. A cutting re the launch, in Jun. 1854, of a barque named Corsican. It is at present the webmaster's belief that Corsican must have later been renamed & registered as Silistria. Which would account for there being no listings for Corsican whatsoever in Lloyd's Register ('LR'). Does anybody have any comment about my conclusion? Silistria is LR listed from 1855/56 thru 1862/63. It was initially owned, per LR, by J. Hay of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In 1856/57 however, the vessel, now of 394/416 tons, was owned by R. Brown of Sunderland for continued service from Sunderland to Ceylon. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel as built in 1855 & owned by R. Brown, of Sunderland. In 1858/59, H. Robinson, of Whitby, became the vessel's owner for service ex London & in 1862/63 for service from Newport, Wales, to the East Indies. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists the vessel as then owned by Henry Robinson, Edw. Corner, James Mutter & John Yeoman, all of Whitby, John Mutter of Middlesboro' & John Kerr of Lythe. During the period of Robinson ownership, LR records 'Mutter' as being the vessel's captain. LR of 1862/63 notes that the vessel had been 'BURNT'. On Jul. 8, 1862, per line 2290 here, the 394 ton barque burnt off Cape Recife (Port Elizabeth, South Africa), while en route from Cochin (now Kochi, Kerala State, SW India) to London. Crew of 15 - none lost. Then owned by Henry Robinson. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

23701

92

Sir Charles Napier (a barque)

371/382

Todd & Brown

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1869/60, owned throughout that period by Rutherford & registered at Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), from 1858/59 for service from Sunderland to Aden. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T. H. Rutherford of Seaham & G. Nicholson of Winlaton, as the vessel's then owners. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Thomas H. Rutherford of Seaham, George Nicholson of Winlaton & Wm. Balsillie of Sunderland as the owners of the vessel, then of 340 tons. 'Balsillie' was, per LR, the vessel's captain from 1858/59. What finally happened to the vessel? Can you tell us more? Y

16286

93

Snowdrop

438/457 became 396

P. Gibson, maybe

J. Allcock in 1855/56 - R. Crawford & J. Cottew in 1856 per this page - Thomas, Henry & Elizabeth W. Metcalf & John Cottew in 1858

7338

94

Spirit of the Age 1, 2 & 3 Note

878

John Pile

T. A. Gibb & Co.

 

95

Spray of the Ocean (a ship)

996/908
later
805

William Pile

A C. P. Williams print of the vessel is available for viewing & purchase here. John Raphael Isaacs (1808/1870) made a lithograph of such painting (4th image down on this page). The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1871/72. It was launched, in mid Jun. 1854, per such announcement, for Bryce, Friend & Co. for the China trade, 'in the presence of a vast company of spectators'. Sister ship to Crest of the Wave. 'Her cabins are sumptuously furnished, of great extent, and vie in comfort and splendour with those of any vessel afloat'.  Per LR, Brice & Co., of Liverpool, was the vessel's owner thru 1858/59, for initial service ex Sunderland, for service from Liverpool to Australia (in 1856/57 & 1857/58), & from London to China (in 1858/59). In 1859/60, the ship, now of 805 tons, became owned  (or maybe 'transferred' in view of the newspaper cutting above) by Friend & Co, also of Liverpool, for service ex London (thru 1860/61), from Liverpool to China (in 1861/62), from London to Australia (from 1862/63 thru 1866/67) & from London to Kurrache, i.e. Karachi, Pakistan, in 1867/68. In 1868/69, H. Gourlay of Glasgow became the vessel's owner for service ex the Clyde. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 361, image soon) lists E. C. Friend, of Water Street, Liverpool, as her then owner, while the equivalent list of 1870 advises that Thomas Gourlay of Glasgow was her then owner. 181.0 ft. long, signal letters KNWQ. I would seem that most vessels end up lost as a result of wreckage. This vessel is an exception. LR of 1871/72 notes that the vessel had been broken up.
Some of the vessel's voyages, in large part ex Trove, Australia. On Dec. 21, 1854 the vessel arrived at Hobson's Bay, i.e. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, ex Liverpool, & left for Batavia on Jan. 31, 1855. On Feb. 22, 1856 the vessel left Liverpool & arrived at Melbourne on May 24, 1856 after a voyage of 95 days with 8 cabin passengers & 105 passengers in steerage. The vessel was described as a Royal Mail ship of Messrs Pilkington & Wilson's White Star Line. It had encountered heavy ice & weather on its voyage. It later left Melbourne on Jun. 26, 1856 for Singapore where it arrived on Jul. 26, 1856. On Jun. 3, 1859, the vessel left Gravesend, London, for Auckland, New Zealand, arriving there on Sep. 1, 1859, likely with immigrants. On Jan. 23, 1863 the vessel arrived at Sydney ex London - a crew & passenger list is WWW available. The vessel had left Gravesend on Oct. 29 or 31, 1862. & the Downs on Nov. 1, 1862. It left on Mar. 9, 1863 for Shanghai, China. In a similar voyage the vessel left the Downs on Apl. 26, 1864, arrived at Sydney on Aug. 3, 1864, left for Shanghai on Sep. 3, 1864 & arrived there on Nov. 1, 1864. There may have been additional voyages to & from Australia in 1864 & 1865. The Cork Examiner of Nov. 29, 1865 (near page bottom) advises that the vessel had been chartered, at £7 per man, to carry coolies from China to Tahiti to work in the coffee & cotton plantations. 342 of them. Anything you can add? Y

10556

96

Star of the East (a barque)

403
or maybe
396
later
357

J. Reed

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed, as 403 tons, from 1855/56 thru 1867/68 but not thereafter, owned thru 1858/59 by B. Barnett of London, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean (thru 1856/57) from London to Algoa Bay, South Africa (1857/58) & from Plymouth to India (in 1858/59). In 1859/60, per LR, Stranack of London, became the vessel's owner for service ex London. 'Stranack' is LR referenced as being the vessel's captain thru 1866/67 & 'Stranach' (with an 'h') in 1867/68. 115.0 ft. long, signal letters JCDS. No data as to what finally happened to the vessel has yet come to hand. Is it possible that you can tell us? Y

4347

97

Star Queen (a ship, later a barque)

832/836
later
769

Richard Wilkinson of Pallion

This vessel came to the webmaster's attention having read that the vessel was in distress at Bermuda on Nov. 21, 1858 & reported as a marine loss in Dec. 1858. But the vessel clearly was not lost at that time. It certainly survived at least thru 1878/79. This 1854 newspaper cutting, kindly provided to the webmaster by a friend of the site, refers to the vessel's launch. It refers to Starry Queen, which name clearly should have read Star Queen. The vessel was Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1878/79, ex 1868/69. It was initially owned by J. Shepherd, or 'Shephrd & Co.' of London for service from Sunderland to London & from 1858/59 ex London. No owner name is listed in LR of 1862/63 - in 1863/64 however, Ryland Bros. also of London, owned the vessel for service from London to China. Seddon & Co. became the owner of the London registered vessel in 1865/66 for continued service from London to China & from 1866/67 for service from Cardiff to India. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 363) lists Thomas Seddon of Lees, Lancashire, as the then owner of the 769 ton vessel. In 1869/70, Baines & Co., of Liverpool, owned the London registered vessel for service from Liverpool to Australia, confirmed by the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 which lists, on page 363, John Baines of Liverpool as her then owner. In 1871/72, Taylor & Co. of London owned the vessel for service from London to Australia. The vessel became listed as a barque in 1873/74. LR of 1876/77 listed Taylor Bethell & Roberts of London as the vessel's owner but the words were struck through. In 1878/79, the vessel became owned by Khoo Guan Hong, of Singapore. 161.0 ft. long, became 165.7 ft. long in 1874/75, signal letters JBTP. The vessel was not listed in LR of 1879/80. Can anybody tell us what finally happened to the vessel, or otherwise add anything? Y

4285

98

Stuart Wortley (a ship)

873
later
792

John Smith of Pallion

The vessel was Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1868/69, initially owned by Hodgkinson of London i.e. Sir George Hodgkinson. Out of interest, Hodgkinson apparently chartered his ships to the U.K. Government for the carriage of allied troops to the war in the Crimea. Stuart Wortley served from London to China thru 1857/58, from London to Australia in 1858/59 & ex London in 1859/60. In 1856, the vessel arrived off the Downs with a cargo of tea & silks ex China after a rapid passage of 100 days. In 1860/61, Bagehot of Bridgewater (from 1862/63 of London) became the vessel's owner. The vessel served ex London thru 1861/62, & to China ex London thereafter thru 1868/69 except for 1865/66 in which it served China ex Liverpool. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists Edward Bagehot of Langport, Somerset, as the then owner of the 792 ton vessel. In 1867 (ex here) the vessel left Cardiff on Mar. 13, 1867 & was badly battered while I believe en route to Hong Kong. 168.0 ft. long, signal letters HBPC. LR of 1868/69 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. The ship was apparently lost off Manila on Sep. 20, 1867 as per this cutting ex here. No detail is provided there of what exactly happened to her except that there was no loss of life. It would seem that the vessel was en route to Manila to be then chartered for a voyage to commence Oct. 8, 1867 from Manila to New York. Can anybody provide detail as to what happened, or otherwise add anything? Y

136

99

Sultana (a ship)

722/775
later
722/755
later
709/755

Arrow Leithead

The webmaster believes that the barque here launched in Feb. 1854, said to be for Mr. John Hay was in fact Sultana. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1883/84 at least. I say 'at least' because LR of 1884/85 is not available to the webmaster - the vessel is not recorded in LR of 1885/86. The vessel was owned, thru 1856/57, by Hdgkns'n, presumably Hodgkinson, of London, for service as a London transport. These pages (1 & 2, ex here) tell us that Sir G. E. Hodgkinson was the vessel's owner when it was chartered to provide transport services re the Crimean War from Mar. 27, 1854 to Feb. 28, 1855. Sultana 'Sailed with artillery to Constantinople and Varna, and with artillery & stores to the Crimea ; returned to Constantinople to repair, 28 October ; Sailed for England, and arrived at Deptford 28 February 1855.' From 1857/58 to 1862/63, LR records D. Dunbar, i.e. Duncan Dunbar, of London, as the vessel's owner for service ex London. In 1862/63, W. Haynes, of London later of Liverpool, later W. H. Haynes, owned the vessel. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 (page 366) & 1870 both record W. H. Haynes, of Liverpool, as the then owner of the 711 & 709 ton vessel. Some varied service while owned by Haynes. From London to Australia in 1862/63, to India ex London (1863/1865) & ex Liverpool (1865/68), from Liverpool to Aden & also to Karachi, Pakistan (in 1868/69), from London to Aden (in the 1869/72 period), from London to Singapore (in 1872/74. In 1878/79 certainly, & possibly in 1877/78 (LR not available) J. Ferguson of Liverpool owned the vessel. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 lists John Ferguson of Liverpool as her then owner. 154.5 ft. long, signal letters PFDR. I cannot yet tell you what finally happened to the vessel. Can you tell us, or otherwise add anything? Y

25241

100

Tiberias (a barque)

485/539
later
476

J. Barkes

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1862/63, owned for that entire period by E. Gourley of Sunderland. For service initially ex London, in 1858/59 for service from Sunderland to India, in the period of 1859/61 for service from Cardiff, Wales, to South America, & from 1861/62 for service ex Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists E. T. & J. Y. Gourley, both of Sunderland, as her then owners, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists her then owners as being Edward T., William, & John Y. Gourley, all of Sunderland. LR of 1862/63 states 'wrecked'. On Feb. 8, 1862, per line 2973 here, the 476 ton  barque went missing while en route from New York to Queenstown, Ireland, with a cargo of grain. Crew of 14 - all lost. Then stated to be owned by Edward Temperley Gourley. Can you tell us more? Y

10325

101

Tijarety Misr (a snow or brig)

311/251

John Smith

The webmaster believes that the clipper brig here launched in early Jan. 1854 or maybe in late 1853, said to be for Mr. Grey of Newcastle for the Mediterranean trade, was in fact Tijarety Misr. The vessel is first Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed in 1854/55 & is there recorded not as owned by Mr. Grey (or Gray) but rather by Joyce & Co. of London, for service from London to the Mediterranean. The vessel is LR recorded thru 1858/59, always owned by Joyce & Co. It would seem to have visited both Shanghai, China, & the Swan River colony at Perth, W. Australia, since in Dec. 1856 the Perth newspapers refer to goods for sale brought in by Tijarety Misr from Shanghai. The vessel left Perth on Dec. 3, 1856 for Point de Galle, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). 114.7 ft. long. I read that the vessel was wrecked on Apl. 18, 1859 on the island of Scharhörn (uninhabited, North Sea, just off the mouth of the Elbe river) while en route from Caldera (northern Chile), to Hamburg, Germany, with a cargo of copper ore. The vessel was abandoned by her crew, full of water. A part of the cargo was saved. Can you tell us more? Y

25984

102

Tyne (a sloop? 'sl')

40

Halls

R. Greenwell, jun. in 1856

2274

103

Tyne

379/395

Bartram & Lister

Henderson, maybe Henderson Hood & Co.

 

104

Usworth (a barque)

328/319
later
298

Todd & Brown

The webmaster believes that this 1854 newspaper cutting, kindly provided to the webmaster by a friend of the site, refers to the vessel's launch in Feb. 1854. Even though the vessel's tonnage seem to be out of alignment. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1864/65, owned thru 1859/60, per LR, by 'Tweddell' of South Shields (M. Tweddell, it would seem). For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. In 1860/61, the vessel, now of 298 tons, became owned, per LR, by Rowntree of South Shields for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. However, Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. Rowntree & M. Dawson, both of North Shields as her then owners, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean John Rowntree & Mary Dawson. 102.0 ft. long. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'LOST'. The circumstances of the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

13305

105

Venilia

618/674

J. Hardie

Shield (1855/56) later Thomsn (1858/59) i.e Thompson

 

106

Vulcan

50

James Laing

 

 

107

Vulture (a snow)

329

R. H. Potts & Bros.

Potts & Co. of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to New York

 

108

Wanderer (a snow)

310/343
later
308

J. Hutchinson

Per this newspaper cutting, this vessel was launched, in mid Jun. 1854, intended for the Mediterranean trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1869/70, owned thru 1864/65 by J. Ayre of Sunderland. For consistent service from Sunderland to America (1855/56 thru 1858/59), to the Mediterranean (in 1859/60 & 1860/61), to Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (from 1861/62). Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises that the vessel was then owned by J. & J. Ayre, jun. and R. Patterson, of Sunderland, which owner names are clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean James, and James Ayre, Jun., Ralph Patterson. Note that 'Patterson' was, per LR, the captain of the vessel from 1859/60 to part way thru 1864/65, when the vessel was sold. (Of interest, Ayre & Co. replaced their snow with a barque, built at Sunderland by Pearson in 1865, also named Wanderer). The vessel became of 308 tons in 1861/62. In 1864/65, per LR, Fowler & Co. of Scarborough became the vessel's owner for service from Shields to the Baltic. I suspect that LR's listing of the vessel thru 1869/70 is in error - in particular the vessel is not recorded in the Mercantile Navy List of 1867. 97.5 ft. long. But what finally happened to the vessel & when is not yet to hand. Can you add anything additional? Y

11317

109

Whalton

234/226

Jobling & Co.

Headly&c in 1855/56 - T. Rochester & W. Milburn in 1856

18422

 

William Penn (a snow)

241
later
224

Edward Potts at Seaham

While I include this vessel on site, please note that it was built at Seaham rather than at Sunderland. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1854/55 thru 1872/73, owned thru 1863/64 by Andrews of Sunderland. For initial service from Sunderland to North America, from 1859/60 for service from Liverpool to the Baltic but soon (1861/62) from Sunderland to the Baltic. Turnbull's Register of 1856 advises that the vessel was then owned by W. S. Pallister, G. Robson, W. H. Cuitt and J. and E. Andrews, all of Sunderland. Which names are mainly clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 which states her then owners to be William S. Pallister, George Robson, William H. Cuitt and J. & E. and John Andrews. In 1863/64, per LR, W. Pallister, became the vessel's owner for service as a Sunderland coaster. LR indicates that G. (presumably George) Robson was the vessel's captain from 1856/57 to 1872/73. The Mercantile Navy Lists of both 1867 (on page 415) & 1870 list W. S. Pallister as the vessel's then owner. 89.5 ft. long, signal letters HLNW. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been wrecked. On Jul. 17, 1872, per line 2517 here, the 224 ton snow stranded at Frederickshaven (Frederikshavn, NE coast of Denmark) while en route from Sunderland to Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) with a cargo of coal. Crew of 8 - 6 lost. I wonder whether George Robson survived the disaster. Then owned by Wm. S. Pallister. The circumstances of the vessel's loss are not yet to hand. Can you tell us more? Y

1815

110

York

865/940

Austin & Mills

J. Allan

4578

 

 

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What were the official build numbers for 1854? Do please advise me if you know. 'Where Ships Are Born' states 151 vessels & 66,929 tons. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises of 66,922 tons. Can you help correct the above list?

1855 (Just a start. Can you provide a list? Do please advise me if you have data. Corrections will surely be required in the data that follows.)

#

Name

Gross

Builder

Built for

Official No.

1

Acastus

491/450

Pile & Smart

J. & J. S. Twizell

2065

2

Agamemnon (a ship, later a barque) 1 & 2 Note

973
later
888
later
889
later
850

Richard Wilkinson

The ship was launched on Jan. 18, 1855, per these newspaper cuttings (1 & 2) for Potts Brothers, shipbuilders of Sunderland, intended for the East India trade. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1872/73, initially owned, thru 1861/62, by Potts Bros. of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to India, from 1857/58 for service from London to China & from Sunderland to India again in 1860/61. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists R. H. Potts of East Bolden, L. H. Potts of Ryhope & C. H. Potts of Newbus Grange as her then owners, such owner names being clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 as meaning Robert H. Potts, Lipton H. Potts & Charles H. Potts. Became, per LR, of 888 tons in 1860/61 & 889 tons in 1861/62. From 1861/62 to 1863/64, the vessel was owned by G. D. Tyser of London for service ex Sunderland. From 1863/64, the vessel was owned, per LR, by J. Heycock of Wells, for service from Liverpool to 'Vancrvrs' (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, perhaps) which service became London to Madras (now Kolkata), India, in 1867. The most famous 'Wells' in the UK is Wells in Somerset, but it is not a coastal city. I suspect that the Wells referred to is Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 7) lists Joseph Haycock (with an 'a') of Wells as her then owner while the equivalent list of 1870 reports J. J. Haycock, of Wells, as the then owner of the 889 ton vessel. In 1870/71, per LR, the vessel became a barque of 850 tons, modified & lengthened it would seem, owned by J. J. Haycock of Wells for service from Cardiff to India. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel was 'abandoned'. Which notation seems to be contradicted by another data source. On Oct. 19, 1872, per line 2635 here, the vessel was condemned at Cape Town, South Africa, while en route from London to New Zealand with a general cargo. Crew of 23 - none lost. Then owned by Jos. Jno. Haycock. Such reference lists the vessel as a ship (& not a barque) & as being of 889 (rather than 850) tons. 172.0 ft. long, 178.1 ft. long from 1870/71, signal letters LDHP. Can you clarify any of the above or otherwise add anything? Y

12789

3

Aid (a brig)

181

Pickersgill & Miller

A Lloyd's Register ('LR') puzzle. The vessel is LR listed from 1856/57 thru 1869/70, then silence, again listed in 1874/75, & not thereafter. I wonder why? Her owner for the entire period thru 1869/70 is listed as G. Smales of Whitby, initially for service as a Sunderland collier, later as a Hartlepool coaster. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states Gideon Smales to be her then owner as does the Mercantile Navy List of 1870, (on page 9). The LR listing of 1874/75 lists I. Seymour, also of Whitby, as her then owner. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 advises that that means Isaac Seymour of Runswick, near Whitby. 86.0 ft long, later LR listed as 86.8 ft. That's all I know about the vessel. Can you tell us what later happened to her? Y

9036

4

Aletheia

432/412

Peter Austin

S. Austin

23643

5

Alliance

205

Jobling & Co.

Gray & Co.

2285

6

Alliance (a barque)

354

John Smith of Pallion

H. Tindall of Scarborough

5977

7

Allied Powers

470/468

W. H. Pearson

Jobling & Co.

 

8

Alma (a barque)

310/331

James Hardie or maybe by J. Reed

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1869/70, & was initially owned, per LR, by H. Reed of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. H. Reed may mean Henry Reid. The vessel was launched, on Jan. 18, 1855 as I interpret the collective words, as per this launch announcement. But I may be wrong! The purchaser is there stated to be Haddock & Co. (who intended to use it on the Australian trade) rather than H. Reed. From 1857/58 thru 1859/60, LR lists R. West of Newcastle as the owner of the Sunderland registered vessel, for service ex Sunderland. Turnbull's Register of 1856 records R. J. West of Newcastle as her then owner, which owner name is clarified by Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 to mean Robert James West. From 1860/61, thru to 1869/70, LR reports Smurthwaite of Sunderland as the vessel's owner for service ex London. 108.0 ft. long. The vessel, it would seem, was always registered at Sunderland. It is listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1864 but not that of 1867. It seems likely that the vessel was lost roughly in the period of 1864 thru 1867. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel & when or otherwise add anything? Y

11754

9

Alpha (a snow, later a brig)

291/303
later
268

Stothard

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1870/71, owned throughout that entire period (per LR) by Jackson of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, later ex Liverpool & ex Sunderland - LR data is fragmentary. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T. Jackson of Sunderland as her owner, which Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies means Thomas Jackson. LR of 1870/71 states BURNT. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists, however, Charles J. Riches of Sunderland as her then owner. 100.0 ft. long, signal letters LSMR. On Nov. 2, 1870, per line 512 here, the 268 ton brig was burnt, in the Tyne, maybe after a voyage from Hamburg to Sunderland with a cargo of salt. Crew of 2 - 1 lost. Presumably a partial crew. Then owned by Charles J. Riches. Y

15492

10

Ann Adamson (a barque)

504
later
497
later
472
later
484

W. Adamson of Southwick

Per this newspaper cutting, this vessel was launched, on Jul. 30, 1855, by and for William Adamson its builder. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1879/80, owned throughout that entire period (per LR) by the Adamson family of Sunderland. Initially ' Adamson', later (1870/71) W. Adamson, later (1876/77) W. & J. Adamson. Thru 1860/61, J. Adamson was the vessel's captain. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. & W. Adamson as the vessel's then owners, which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 partially clarifies as meaning J. Adamson & William Adamson. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1870, however, lists (on page 23) John Adamson as her then owner. The vessel is not listed in MNL of 1880. Under Adamson ownership, the vessel served initially from Sunderland to India (thru 1859/60), ex Sunderland, from Cork to China (1861/62 thru 1863/64), from Sunderland to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada (1864/65 thru 1866/67 - to Victoria, at least once, I gather), from Sunderland to China (1867/68 thru 1870/71). In 1873/74 for service from Sunderland to America. The vessel became of 497 tons in 1867/68, 472 tons in 1870/71, 484 tons in 1874.75. LR of 1879/80 states no owner name, but does state that the vessel was then of the port of Saigon. It seems likely that the vessel had been sold, on Feb. 1, 1879 it would appear, but it may not have been renamed. In Feb 1880, this report (ex here) states that the vessel had experienced heavy weather on her voyage from Bangkok to Hong Kong & on Jan. 6, 1880 put into Hong Kong leaking badly 'after 78 days' buffeting'. The needed repairs were so substantial that the vessel had to be condemned & sold. 125.2 ft. long, signal letters NSTH. Can you add anything, perhaps the name of her final owner? Y

23721

11

Ann & Elizabeth

315

George Barker Note

W. Wright

2276

12

Antias (a brig)

178

Rawson & Watson

Per Lloyd's Register of 1856/57, G. Smales of Whitby, initially for service as a Sunderland collier. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists the Whitby registered vessel as then owned by Wakefield Robinson & Gideon Smales. While the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists Wakefield R. Smales, of Whitby, as her then owner.

9037

13

Aphrogencia

561

E. Bailey

J. Leslie

2300

14

Armistice

374/358

Richard Wilkinson

J. Longton, J. Sullivan in 1858/59, Richardson (Henry Richardson) in 1861/62

24345

15

Aurora (a brig)

282

Jas. & R. Mills

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1863/64 & not thereafter. Though it was recorded in 1864/65 but ruled out. Was owned throughout that period (per LR) by Dawson Bros. of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, later from Sunderland to the West Indies. Initially listed as a barque - likely a listing error - first listed as a brig in 1860/61. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists W., R., E. H., and R. Dawson, jun. of Sunderland as the then owners of the brig, which Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 essentially clarifies as being William Dawson, Robert Dawson, Edward H. Dawson and Eliz. Dawson, jun. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists, on page 36, Jenneson Taylor of Sunderland as her then owner. 116.0 ft. long, signal letters NSKJ. On Feb. 7, 1870, per line 711 here, the 282 ton brig was stranded S. of Southwold, Suffolk, while en route from Sunderland to London with a cargo of coal. Crew of 8 - none lost. Then owned by Jennison Taylor. Y

23632

16

Balaklava (a ship, later a barque)

621

Short

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1870/71. Always listed as a ship. Owned thru 1860/61 by Greenwell of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to India, later Liverpool to India. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists R. Greenwell, of Sunderland, as the ship's then owner. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858, however, lists Nehemiah Griffiths, John P. Tate & Wm F. Fisher, all of London, as the ship's owners - none of those names are LR referenced. On Dec. 23, 1856, the ship, under the command of T. Hobson, left London for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, arriving there on Apl. 2, 1857. She left for Madras, India, on May 15, 1857 - in ballast. In 1861/62, per LR, J. Welsh of London became her owner for service to India ex Sunderland. In 1863/64, Green & Co. of London became her owner for service from London to the West Indies, but for a short period only - in the next year, i.e. 1864/65, G. Croshaw of London became her owner for service ex London. On Jun. 27, 1865 the barque arrived at Auckland, New Zealand ex London, which she had departed on Mar. 23, 1865. No owner name is recorded in the LR editions of 1869/70 & 1870/71. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, tells us that John Palmer Bickell, of Liverpool, was her then owner. 144.6 ft. long, signal letters NSVD. On Sep. 29, 1871, per line 1550 here, the 621 ton barque foundered in mid North Atlantic (at 49N/29W), while en route from London to Miramichi (northern New Brunswick, Canada), with a cargo of cement etc. Crew of 16 - none lost. Then owned by John P. Bickell. Can you tell us more about the circumstances of her loss? Y

23733

17

Beatrice (a snow or brig)

232

J. Watson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1864/65. It would seem that the vessel was always registered at Shields. It was owned, per LR, for its entire brief lifetime, by Stokoe & Co. of North Shields, for service from Hull to the Crimea, Black Sea, (thru 1859/60) & thereafter for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the vessel as then owned by S. Stokoe, J. Southern & R. Brown, all of South Shields. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 states that the 232 ton brig was then owned by Samuel & George Stokoe, Jas. Southeron & Richard Brown, all of South Shields. 101.5 ft. long. LR of 1864/65 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. Not at that time, however, it would seem! On Nov. 19, 1861, per line 1463 here, the 232 ton snow stranded at Leis (where is it, I wonder), while en route from Cronstadt (St. Petersburg, Russia) to London with a cargo of wheat. No crew data is provided. The vessel is then stated to be owned by Samuel Stokoe. The circumstances of the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Anything you can add? Y

2957

18

Belle Alliance (a ship)

695

A. Leithead

Per Lloyd's Register of 1856/57, Richardson of Glasgow, initially for service from Sunderland to India. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists David Richardson of Glasgow as the then owner of the 678 ton vessel. The same list in 1880 records Charles Robertson of Dundee as her then owner. Signal letters JNQH.

6396

19

Bellona (a ship)

749

Briggs (per Lloyd's Register 1860/61 & following years) Maybe by J. Reid

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1868/69,  owned by J. Allan of London for service to India, initially ex Sunderland but mainly ex London. Was registered at London. 158.0 ft. long. On Nov. 25, 1860, per line 1001 here, the 749 ton ship went missing while en route from London to Negapatan (now Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, E. coast of India). The entire crew of 23 were lost. The vessel is stated to have been then owned by John Allan. How is it that the ship was still LR listed 8 years after it went missing? Y

4284

20

Black Diamond (an iron steamship)

588/399

James Laing

J. Hughes et al of London

24519

21

Bosworth (a ship)

611
later
546

Mills Brothers of Southwick (Jas. & R. Mills)

The ship was launched on Jan. 18, 1855, per these newspaper cuttings (1 & 2) for Messrs Wood, Spence and Blair. Such cuttings advise that she was intended 'for the transport service'. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1869/70, owned thru 1865/66 by Blair & Co. of Sunderland (T. Blair from 1858/59). LR of 1855/56 lists the vessel as a barque - likely in error. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the ship as owned by T. Blair & Woods, Spence & Co., both of Sunderland, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Thomas Blair as her then owner. Under 'Blair' ownership, the vessel's initial service was, per LR, from Sunderland to the East Indies thru 1857/58, ex London in 1858/59 (& in 1860/61), from Bristol to Australia in 1859/60. In 1861/62 the ship served Australia ex Bristol & in 1861/62 served Australia ex London. From 1862/63 the vessel served India ex Sunderland. The vessel's voyages 'down under', ex Trove, Australia. On Nov. 9, 1858 the vessel left Bristol for Melbourne, Australia, arriving with 35 passengers & a varied cargo after a voyage of 109 days. On Apl. 15, 1859 it left for its return voyage to London, arriving at Gravesend on Aug. 1, 1859. On Oct. 9, 1859 the vessel was at the Downs bound for Otago, New Zealand ('NZ'). It arrived back at London on Aug. 11, 1860. On Nov. 18, 1860 the vessel departed the Downs for Auckland, NZ, arriving on Mar. 6, 1861 with military supplies amongst its cargo - 120 tons of gunpowder & 6 Armstrong guns. On Apl. 19, 1861 the vessel left Auckland for Madras (now Chennai) India. In 1865/66, per LR, Simey & Co. of Sunderland became the vessel's owner - T. C. Simey per the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 49, image soon). For service from Sunderland to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1865/66, from Liverpool to Ceylon in 1866/67 & thereafter from Liverpool to India. Per LR, the vessel became of 545 tons in 1866/67. LR of 1869/70 notes that the vessel had been 'Run Down' & states no owner name. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, however, advises that her then owner was Thomas Scott of Sunderland. 138.0 ft. long, signal letters LTWD. The circumstances of her being run down are not yet to hand. Can you tell us about it & when it occurred, likely with no loss of life. Y

15828

22

British Banner (a barque)

390/414

Austin & Mills

This vessel has not yet been researched. The vessel was initially owned by B. Ward of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises Benjamin Ward was her then owner.

10942

23

Cadiz (a snow, later a brig)

199

W. Johnson of Coxgreen

The webmaster believes that this newspaper cutting records the launch of the vessel on Oct. 3, 1855 or maybe one week prior to that date. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1861/62 only, owned throughout that brief period by Collingwood of Sunderland. For service from Sunderland to Cadiz, Spain, later, in 1860/61, for service from London to Natal, South Africa. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. W. Collingwood of Sunderland as her then owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning James W. Collingwood. On Jan. 20, 1862, per line 2070 here, the 199 ton brig stranded at Swansea, while en route from Charente, (Charente-Maritime in western France, I presume), to Swansea in ballast. Crew of 8 - none lost. Then owned by J. W. Collingwood. Can you tell us more about the circumstances of the vessel's loss? Y

23746

24

Caroline Coventry (a ship)

888
later
902
later
888

W. Wilkinson

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1872/73. This newspaper cutting reports (in red) the launch of 'Caroline Coventree', on May 31, 1855, said to have been built for Coventree Dundas of London. Per LR the vessel was owned thru 1861/62 by Freeman & Co., of London, mainly for service from London to India. During such period, 'Freeman' was the vessel's captain. Initially of 888 tons, became 902 tons in 1857/58 & 888 tons again in 1863/64. LR of 1861/62 is confusing. It refers as new owners to both Coventry & Co. and also H. Coventry. From 1862/63 thru 1868/69, Coventry & Co., of London, is LR listed as the vessel's owner for service ex London, with specific references, in 1861/62 & 1862/63, to service from London to Australia. On May 31, 1862, the vessel arrived at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, ex Plymouth, with cargo & 5 passengers. She later left for Shanghai, China, & carried the 38th regiment from Shanghai to London via Cape Town. She left London for Sydney on May 14, 1864 with a cargo of American wheat, a part of which she had to jettison en route when she encountered difficult weather conditions. She left again for Shanghai & carried troops from there to Bombay, now Mumbai, India. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867, lists Wm. Almond, of London, a name not LR referenced, as her then owner. In 1868/69, J. Brodie, also of London, became the vessel's owner for service from London to New Zealand & from 1870/71 for service from Cardiff to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). On Feb. 13, 1869, the vessel left London for Canterbury, New Zealand, but collided with George Thompson, on that same day at Gravesend in the Thames estuary. Soon repaired she left again on Feb. 24, 1869. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists John Brodie, of London, as her then owner. 172.0 ft. long, signal letters NSMJ. LR of 1872/73 notes that the vessel had been 'wrecked'. On Dec. 4, 1872, per line 2765 here, the 888 ton ship was abandoned at sea in the North Atlantic (at 45N/18W, roughly 900 miles SW of Land's End), while en route from Miramichi (northern New Brunswick, Canada) to Liverpool with a cargo of timber. Crew of 18 - none lost. Then owned by John Brodie. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

23662

25

Ceres (a barque, later a schooner)

271

Austin & Mills of Southwick

The ship was launched on Sep. 27, 1855, per this newspaper cutting, for M. Sharp of Sunderland. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1887/88. It was owned, thru 1874/75 per LR, by Sharp & Co. - of London thru 1864/65 & of Sunderland thereafter. It would seem, however, that in 1856, per Turnbull's Register, the vessel was registered at Sunderland & owned by J. Sharp of Gateshead & R. Sharp & R. W. Weatherley, both of Sunderland., which owner names Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning John Sharp, Robert Sharp & Robert Weatherley. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 lists R. Sharp of Sunderland as the vessel's then owner. While the equivalent list of 1870 (on page 66) rather advises that Robert Weatherley of Sunderland then owned the vessel. Under 'Sharp' ownership the vessel served from Sunderland to the West Indies thru 1858/59, ex Sunderland in 1859/60 & 1860/61, from Liverpool to the Black Sea from 1861/62 thru 1865/66. From 1865/66 thru 1869/70, the vessel again served the West Indies ex Sunderland & served the Mediterranean ex Sunderland from 1869/70 thru 1874/75. In 1874/75, per LR, now a schooner, the vessel became, owned by Weatherley & Cropton of Sunderland, which became E. J. Weatherley in 1876/77 thru 1879/80. As noted above, Robert Weatherley of Sunderland, per the Mercantile Navy List, owned the vessel earlier, in 1870 (on page 66). Later editions of the Mercantile Navy List, re 1875, 1876 & 1879, record Edwd. John Weatherley of Sunderland as the then owner of the vessel, listed as a schooner from 1876. In 1880/81, per LR, the vessel became owned by A. J. Blink of Groningen, The Netherlands. From 1885/86, M. Kuipers of Delfzyl, (maybe Delfzijl, the Netherlands) became the vessel's owner, which owner name became M. E. Kuipers from 1886/87. 112.5 ft. long, later (from 1874/75) 113.2 ft, later (from 1886/87) 113.5 ft. long, 3 masts, signal letters NSWG. Is it possible that you can tell us what finally happened to the vessel & when? Y

23750

26

City of Durham (a barque)

376
later
381

John T. Alcock of Pann Sand

The ship was launched on Sep. 27, 1855, per this newspaper cutting, for Thomas Nicholson of Sunderland. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1876/77 at least (LR of 1877/78 is not WWW available). The vessel is not listed in LR of 1878/79. Owned thru 1872/73 by the Nicholson family of Sunderland. Initially T. Nicholson (both Turnbull's Register of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 state Thomas Nicholson), later (1864/65) N. Nicholson & in 1870/71 T. Nicholson again. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 advises Thomas Nicholson. For service from Sunderland to India, later from Sunderland to such destinations as Mauritius, the Black Sea & the Mediterranean. 120.5 ft. long, signal letters HPFR. LR of 1872/73 advises that T. Greenfield of Sunderland had become her owner for service ex Sunderland. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel & when? Y

2456

27

Coringa (a ship)

867/906
later
908

Arrow Leithead

Coringa? A coastal village in Andhra Pradesh, E. coast of India, noted for having experienced 2 devastating cyclones, one in 1789 & the other in 1839. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1872/73. Owned thru 1865/66 (maybe a bit later), by John Hay of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to India, & ex London. Such ownership is confirmed by both Turnbull's Register of 1856 & Christie's Shipping Register of 1858. And confirmed also by the Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (on page 83). In 1866/67, per LR, R. B. Hay of London became the vessel's owner for service from Sunderland to India. In 1868/69, per LR, H. Brown of Cork became her owner for service ex Cork. As confirmed by the Mercantile Navy List of 1870 which advises that Henry Brown of Cork was the then owner of the London registered vessel. But only for a short time. In 1870/71, Dunlop & Co. of Glasgow became her owner for continued service ex Cork. 168.0 ft. long, signal letters NSDB. On Apl. 23, 1872, per line 2402 here, the 908 ton ship was abandoned at sea in the Indian Ocean, (at 33S/47E, roughly 600 miles S. of the island of Madagascar), while en route from Shields to Bombay (now Mumbai), India, with a cargo of coal. Crew of 21 - none lost. Then owned by Robert M. Dunlop. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss or otherwise add anything? Y

23551

28

Cosmos (a barque)

410

John Davison & Co.

I believe that this newspaper cutting advises of the launch of the vessel, on Jul. 30, 1855, for R. J. Brown of Sunderland. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1869/70, owned thru 1859/60 by R. J. Brown of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to India. Turnbull's Register of 1856 states her then owners to be R. J. Brown & S. J. Morton, both of Sunderland, while Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Shadforth G. Morton of Sunderland & John Fleming of London as her then owners. Note that per LR, S. Morton was the vessel's captain thru 1859/60. In 1860/61, Ray & Co. of London became the owner of the vessel, now registered at London. For service from London to Algoa Bay, South Africa (1860/61 & 1861/62), from London to Cape of Good Hope, also South Africa (1862/63 & 1863/64), later ex London & from 1867/68 for service from Liverpool to Kurrache (now Karachi, Pakistan). The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists John Ray, of London, as being her then owner. LR of 1869/70 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 122.0 ft. long, signal letters NSTW. Data as to what happened to the vessel is not yet to hand. Is it possible that you can tell us where & when the vessel was wrecked? Y

23730

29

Courier

290/225

G. Gardener

Kelso & Co. - J. R. Kelso, Wm. Pile jun. & G. Gardner in 1856

20115

30

Cresswell

285/263

Wm. Harkass

C. Jenkins - C. M. Jenkins in 1856

2094

31

Day Star (a snow)

225

Sykes, Talbot, & Sykes

A listing in progress. On Jul. 30, 1855, the vessel was launched as per this newspaper cutting - for Wm. Allan of South Shields. Allen & Co. - W. C. Allen in 1856. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870, lists W. M. Rigden, of Hove, Sussex, as the then owner of the vessel, then registered at Shoreham, Sussex. While the 1880 equivalent lists William H. Hardwick, of Southwick, Sussex, as her then owner, still registered at Shoreham. 97.5 ft. long, signal letters HNKR. 

2261

32

Edmund Graham (a ship)

887/927

Robert Thompson
(1797-1860)

Edmund Graham of Newcastle

25330

33

Electra (a ship)

606

Peter Gibson of Ayre's Quay

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1868/69 & not thereafter. It was initially owned, per LR, by Shields & Co. of Newcastle for service from Sunderland to India in 1856/57 & for service ex London in 1857/58. This newspaper cutting reports (in red) the launch of the vessel on May 31, 1855 for Joseph Shield, Son & Co. of Newcastle. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists her then owners as being J. Shield, W. J. Gray & H. C. Cayzer, all of Newcastle & J. F. Morris of London. Note that LR lists H. Cayzer as the vessel's sole captain from 1855/56 thru 1868/69. In 1858/59, per LR, Morice & Co. of London became the vessel's owner for service ex London. I have not checked extensively at Trove, Australia, re the vessel, but note that on Jul. 11, 1861 the vessel left Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, for San Francisco. It later returned & left Sydney on Feb. 12, 1862 for London with a dozen or so passengers. There clearly were earlier voyages from London to both Sydney & San Francisco in the 1857 thru 1861 period. LRs of 1862/63 & later list no owner names for the vessel. The Mercantile Navy List ('MNL') of 1867, however, lists Electra (on page 109, image soon) as registered at Hong Kong & owned by J. G. Fry of Victoria, Hong Kong, The vessel is not listed in MNL of 1868. 151.5 ft. long, signal letters NWSF. Can you tell us what finally happened to the vessel, likely in or about 1867 or otherwise add anything? Y

24439

34

Eliza (a brig)

195

Unknown to webmaster

So far as I can see, this vessel was never recorded in Lloyd's Register ('LR'). I wonder why that was so? The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists the vessel (on page 110) as owned by M. Feetham of Sunderland. It would appear that the vessel was registered for many years at Perth & only later in life was it registered at Sunderland. Signal letters MRWQ. The vessel came to the webmaster's attention having seen line 1536 here. Which advises that on Sep. 23, 1871, the 195 ton brig was stranded at Kopparstina (where is it?), while en route from Swinemunde (now Świnoujście, NW Poland), to Gefle (now Gävle, Sweden) in ballast. Crew of 6 - none lost. Then owned by Matthias Futham. Can you add anything? Y

19437

35

Enchantress (a barque)

453/492
later
448
later
488

Pickersgill & Miller

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1867/68. Owned for that entire period, per LR, by Cropton of Sunderland. The webmaster believes that this newspaper cutting reports the launch on Apl. 5, 1855 of Enchantress, which was initially owned by J. A. Marks but sold immediately to Cropton. Initially for service ex Sunderland, in 1858/59 & 1860/61 for service from Sunderland to India, & soon thereafter for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. From 1863/64, service from the Clyde to India is referenced. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists T. Cropton of Sunderland as her then owner. While Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists Thomas and John Cropton, of Sunderland as being her then owners. Became, per LR, of 448 tons in 1859/60. The Merchant Navy List of 1867 lists Thomas Cropton as the then owner of the 488 ton vessel. 126.0 ft. long, signal letters HRDC. LR of 1867/68 states 'wrecked'. Data re the vessel's loss have not yet come to hand. Can you tell us what happened to the vessel & when? Likely no lives were lost. Y

2912

36

Equinox

406

L. Gales

W. Milburn - still in 1856

4974

37

Eugenie

239

Unknown to webmaster

Unknown - G. R. Dawson & J. Dawson in 1856

2436

38

Falcon (a barque)

482/452

Forrest & Jackson or Forrest & Co.

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1873/74. Per LR the vessel was initially owned by W. Hay of Sunderland for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. Such 'Hay' ownership is confirmed by Turnbull's Register of 1856. In 1858/59, per LR, the vessel became owned by J. Sutherland of Aberdeen, for service from Swansea, Wales, to Coquimbo, Chile (in 1858/59 & 1859/60) & from Swansea to South America (in 1860/61). Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 lists James Sutherland as the then owner of the Aberdeen registered vessel. In 1861/62, per LR, J. Cargill & Co., also of Aberdeen, owned the vessel, thru 1862/63, for service from Shields to South America. In 1863/64, Gourlay of Glasgow became the vessel's owner for service from the Clyde to India in 1863/64 & 1864/65, & from 1865/66 for service from the Clyde to North America. The Mercantile Navy List of 1867 (page 134, image soon) lists Thos. Gourlay, of Glasgow, as the vessel's then owner. While LR continues to list the vessel thru 1873/74, I note that the vessel is not listed in the Mercantile Navy List of 1870. I suspect that the vessel was lost in the late 1860s but have no data upon which to base that statement. 126.0 ft. long. Can you tell us definitively what happened to the vessel and when? Y

3000

39

Fear not

354

J. Lister

Douthwte i.e. J. & E. Douthwaite

2179

40

Fidus

306

Peter Austin

W. Mills

 

41

Forerunner (a ship, later, from 1861/62 a barque)

570/558
later
525

D. Douglass

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1868/69. Owned for that entire period, per LR, by R. Hudson of Sunderland, initially for service ex Sunderland, from 1858/59 for service from London to India & from 1861/62, then a barque, for service from Sunderland to China. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists the names of the ship's then owners as being G. W. & R. M. Hudson, J. Forster and W. Dixon, all of Sunderland & G. Reynolds and C. G. Service, of London. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 rather lists George W. & Ralph M. Hudson of Sunderland & Thos. Scott of London, as her then owners. Became of 525 tons in 1865/66. LR of 1868/69 states 'LOST'. 141.0 ft. long. On Jan. 3, 1867, per line 17 here, the 525 ton barque was lost at Mindanao, the Philippines, while en route from Swansea to Hong Kong with a cargo of Patent fuel. Crew of 16 - 14 lost. Can you tell us about the circumstances of her loss? Y

23686

42

Geelong (a barque)

455

John Smith of Pallion

G. Gray of Newcastle

26949

43

Gem of the Nith (a barque)

383/368
later
336
later
346

Lightfoot of Hylton Dene

It is the webmaster's belief that this newspaper cutting (in blue) records the launch at Hylton on May 31, 1855, of Gem of the Nith. Said to be for John Morton of Dumfries. Both the owner & the vessel names seems to be incorrectly recorded there - should be John Martin & Gem of the Nith. The Nith river? See here. The vessel is LR listed from 1856/57 thru 1876/77, owned from 1856/57 thru 1860/61 by Martin & Co. of Dumfries, Scotland, for service from Sunderland to the West Indies thru 1857/58, from Shields to the West Indies in 1859/60 & ex London in 1860/61. I have seen, however, a reference to the vessel being at Singapore in early Dec. 1856. John Martin was from Glencaple & owned all 64 shares in the vessel. However, in Jun. 1865 he sold 4 shares to James Halliday, iron merchant of Dumfries, for £400). In 1861/62, Ruxton & Co. of Liverpool acquired the vessel for service from Liverpool to South America. They owned it for just a short time, however. A court case which may relate to such change of ownership. Part way thru 1862/63, T. & C. Nichols & Co. of London acquired the vessel for service to Algoa Bay, South Africa, ex Liverpool in 1863/64 & ex London thereafter. Part way thru 1866/67, the vessel, now of 336 tons, became owned by W. (William) Winship of Blyth for service from Blyth to the Mediterranean thru 1870/71 & from 1871/72 thru 1873/74 for service from Blyth to the Baltic. Likely from this period, Mark Holgate (Note) commented in Aug, 1917 - 'Soon after this I went to Shields and sailed out of there up to the Baltic in a wooden barque named GEM OF THE NITH and we used to discharge coal at Copenhagen and then go to Riga and carry deals back to London'. W. Winship became of North Shields it would appear in 1876/77. The Mercantile Navy List of both 1867 & 1870 both list Wm. Winship of Blyth, Northumberland, as the then owner of the vessel, registered at London in 1867 & at Shields in 1870. 119.0 ft. long, 3 masted, signal letters HRJF. LR of 1876/77 notes that the vessel, now of 346 tons, had been 'Wrecked'. Detail as to what happened to the vessel & when is not yet to hand. Can you tell us about its loss or otherwise provide additional information? Y

2959

44

George and Maria (a snow)

209

R. Sanderson

The vessel was built for G. Downie of North Shields for service from Sunderland to London, later Blyth to the Baltic. On Oct. 8, 1860, per line 363 here, the 209 ton snow stranded on the coast of Jutland, Denmark, while en route from St. Petersburg, Russia, to London with a cargo of oats, etc. Crew of 9 - none lost. Vessel then stated to be owned by George Downie. A puzzle perhaps - the vessel was Lloyd's Register recorded thru 1864/65 where a note indicates 'Wrecked'.

2448

45

Gharra (a barque)

528/501

Todd & Brown

The vessel's initial owner was Heald & Co., of Newcastle, for service ex Sunderland. Per Christie's Shipping Register of 1858, Joseph Heald and Co. of Newcastle.

7027

46

Glenaln (a barque)

295

John & James Robinson or James Robinson of Deptford

On Oct. 2, 1855, the barque was launched for William Dixon of North Shields as per this newspaper cutting. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1856/57 thru 1873/74, owned until part way thru 1865/66 by W. Dixon of North Shields. As is confirmed by Turnbull's Register of 1856. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 rather lists William Davison, possibly in error? Initially, thru 1858/59, for service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean, in 1859/60 for service from Newcastle to Mauritius, & in 1860/61 & 1861/62 for service from Shields to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The vessel served the Mediterranean after that from Sunderland in 1862/63,  from Swansea, Wales, in 1863/64 & from Sunderland again in 1864/65 & 1865/66. In 1865/66, W. Cleugh & Co., also of North Shields, acquired the vessel for continued service from Sunderland to the Mediterranean. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 & 1868 record the owner as being George Cleugh of North Shields, as incidentally still does the equivalent list of 1870. Per LR, Cleugh owned the vessel until part way thru 1869/70 when G. Dobson of Blyth became the vessel's owner, for service from Blyth to the Baltic. LR of 1873/74 notes that the vessel had been 'Wrecked'. 106.7 ft. long, signal letters HNPW. I read here (item #4) that the vessel left Lisbon, Portugal, for Hull on Jan. 13, 1873 with a cargo of wheat & was never heard from again. With a crew of nine, all lost of course. Then owned by G. Dobson of Blyth. Is there anything you can add or clarify? Y

2310

47

Godavery (a barque)

429

M. Clarke

Per Lloyd's Register of 1857/58, owned by Thompson of Sunderland, for service from Sunderland to South America. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists G. Thompson & J. Bamborough, both of Sunderland, as her owners. Which data, Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 advises means George Thompson & James Bambrough. 

7336

48

Graces (a barque)

449

Robert Thompson
(1819-1910)

Thomas Coxon of North Shields

2309

49

Greetings

426

John Smith of Pallion

 

 

50

Guadiana

258

Peter Gibson

Watts, jr. - E. H. Watts, M. W. Sidney, J. Stevenson, C. H. T. Borries

4993

51

Hannah Marks

 

John Smith of Pallion

The barque was launched, on Sep. 27, 1855, from the yard of the late John Smith, as per this launch announcement. Launched for A. J. Marks of Sunderland. No additional data is available. The vessel seems not to have been issued an Official Number, further the vessel was not listed in any edition of Lloyd's Register.

 

52

Harriet, later Harriett? Note

275

Forrest & Co.

Hndrsn & - H., T., & J. E. Henderson in 1856

7638

53

Industry

578/592

T. Seymour

G. Forster of Sunderland, later, per Lloyd's Register of 1869/70, the vessel, then owned by Phillips & Co. of Liverpool, was wrecked

2997

54

Inkermann, can be referred to as Inkerman (a barque)

417
later
380

Unknown to webmaster

The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1855/56 thru 1862/63. Always as Inkermann (with two n's at the end of the name). The vessel's was owned, thru 1859/60 by E. Oliver of North Shields for service ex Sunderland, in 1857/58 for service from Shields to the Mediterranean, & from 1858/59 for service from the Clyde to the Mediterranean. Turnbull's Register of 1856 confirms E. Oliver of North Shields to be the vessel's owner, which owner name Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 clarifies as meaning Edward Oliver. Note that both of such listings refer to 'Inkerman'. The vessel became of 380 tons in 1860/61 in which year R. Cleugh of Shields became the vessel's owner for service from Shields to the Mediterranean. LR of 1862/63 states the vessel had been 'run down'. On Apl. 16, 1862, per line 2215 here, Inkermann, a 379 ton barque, was involved in a collision & sank at a point 13 miles E. of Tarifa, Spain. Tarifa, the southernmost point of mainland Europe, is on the S. coast of Spain, located near & SW of Gibraltar. While en route from Shields to Spezzia (La Spezia, NW Italy), with a cargo of coal. Crew of 13 - 4 lost. Then owned by Robert Cleugh. Can you tell us about the circumstances of the vessel's loss, & in particular with which vessel she collided. Or otherwise add anything? Y

17351

55

Isabella or Isabellas (a snow or brig)

219
later
199

Hylton Carr of South Hylton

The record for this vessel is confusing indeed. So far as I can see, Isabella is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed only from 1855/56 thru 1859/60, owned thru that brief period by J. Dowey of North Shields. Turnbull's Register of 1856 lists J. & E. Dowey of North Shields as the then owner of Isabellas (with an 's' on the end) & provides an Official Number ('ON') of 7632. Christie's Shipping Register of 1858 confirms that ON number & lists James and Elizabeth Dowey as owners of Isabellas, a brig of 219 tons. Re ON 7632, Crewlist.org (insert 7632) rather records only a vessel named Isabellas. Upon further searching I find that LR records a vessel of such name, a snow of 199 tons, from 1860/61 thru 1869/70, owned by D. Hill, of Shields thru 1862/63 & then of Sunderland. J. Hill was such vessel's captain until part way thru 1863/64. Under 'Hill' ownership, the vessel served ex Shields to the Baltic, to France & to the West Indies in 1860/61, 1861/62 & 1862/63 respectively & after that date saw service as a Sunderland coaster. The Mercantile Navy Lists of 1867 however (page 190, image soon) & 1870 both list the vessel's then owner as being William Stokeld, o