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Hearts of Oak
Captain J L Vivian Millett
The Ships – Page 2
The ships he mentions
Steamer 1574 grt; 292.1 ft x 39.3 ft x 19.7 ft
Built 1891 W Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland
Owners : F O Pinkney
Master( 1893 ) : George Lewis
Steamer 1696 grt; 329.5 ft x 40 ft x 24.5 ft
Built 1886 C S Swan & Hunter, Newcastle
Owners C C Barton
Master 1888 : C Child
J L Vivian Millett travelled on her November 1888
Timaru Herald April 4 1891
SS BAYLEY, 2607 tons, Alfred Childs, from London. The Tyser liner BAYLEY arrived off Timaru yesterday afternoon and was brought in by the PS MANA and berthed at the main wharf. The BAYLEY will take away 17,300 sheep and lamb, the largest cargo of frozen meat which has ever been put on board at this port. The BAYLEY left London on January 20th. Called in at Melbourne and Sydney and the Bluff.
Timaru Herald Wednesday 8 April 1891
The steamer BAYLEY completed loading yesterday afternoon, and was taken out by the harbourmaster in the teeth of a strong north-east wind and dirty weather outlook. The BAYLEY anchored in the outer roads for the night, and will go on this morning to Lyttelton to coal for Home. 19,500 carcasses frozen mutton and lamb was put on board by two gangs of men working in about 19 hours, or at the rate of 1000 an hour, 5000 at each hatch. This shipment is noteworthy too for the fact that the BAYLEY is the first steamer to complete her loading here, the hatches being filled with South Canterbury mutton and ice.
an old iron ship
Iron steamer 1,932 grt; 1,831 nrt; 2,600 dwt
243 ft x 38.5 ft x 30 ft
Built 1855 by Guilbert et fils, Nantes, France
as FRANCOIS ARAGO
For Compagnie Franco-Americaine de Nav (Gauthier Frères), Lyon
1859 Sold W.T. Jacobs, Liverpool; Renamed ACCRINGTON.
Re-built as a full-rigged sailing ship.
The Capt and Chief Officer died on Monday 14th November 1859
Daily Post, Monday March 12th 1860
Frederick Carman, Steward on board the ship ACCRINGTON was examined before the borough magistrates charged with the wilful murder of Capt William Henderson Horner and Walter Bevan Cooper, Chief Officer of the ship, by poison. The case was unproven and Frederick Carman was freed, cleared of all charges. Captain Horner and Chief Office Cooper, however, were shown to be heavy drinkers and violent towards the crew.
1886 Sold Gracie, Beazely & Co, Liverpool.
1889 Sold Otto Banck & Johan Ingmarsson, Sweden.
Swedish Registration No. 323 and Signal Letters HVBD.
1896 Broken up at Sölvesborg, Sweden.
699 grt; 141 ft x 33 ft x 22 ft; 2 deck; 18ft draft; Oak Ship
Built 1838 New York
Hull metalled Oct 1858
Owners Fisher Richards & Co.
SS ASSYRIAN MONARCH
Built August 1880 Earle's Shipbuilding Co., Hull, England
For the Royal Exchange Shipping Company Ltd (Monarch Line)
3,317 grt; 360 ft x 42.7 ft; straight bow, 1 funnel, 4 masts
Screw; 11 knots
40 x 1st and 1,000 x 3rd class passengers.
1887 Sold Allan Line; Renamed ASSYRIAN; Remeasured 3,970 grt
24th July 1901 Last voyage, Glasgow to Boston; and sold for scrap
Built 1881 by John Elder, Glasgow; 5,524 grt
For The Orient Line
120 x 1st, 130 x 2nd & 300 x 3rd class passengers.
18th Jan 1882 : Maiden voyage London via Suez to Melbourne and Sydney.
Soon developed a series of engine failures, leaving her to use sail.
11th Nov 1882 : Sank, at her coaling berth at Sydney
28th March 1883 : Refloated and temporarily repaired at Cockatoo Island.
Between 1883-4 she was refitted on the Clyde and in April 1884 was chartered to the Anchor Line and used on their Liverpool to New York route.
12th Nov 1884 Resumed London to Sydney sailings.
21st Nov 1902 Last voyage on this service; sold and scrapped, Genoa.
BLAIR ATHOL, a large well-found ship with a very young chief officer, whom I used to admire greatly for the smart way in which he did his work.
Sail Ship A1 2 deck
Official Number 71654
Built November 1874 at Greenock Glasgow
1,697 grt; 259.1 ft x 40 ft x 23.3 ft; 20 ft draft
Registered Port Glasgow
1874 Master F Haines
1875 Owners Alexander Thomson & Co.
1885 Owners Thomson & Gray
Master : Captain Alexander Taylor
James Lister writes : I am the Grandson of Capt Henry Beeby Lister who was the last Captain of the BLAIR ATHOLE. Captain Alexander Taylor was the master of the Blair Athole but he died in Batavia Java in 1892 after a long illness; My Grandfather was then appointed Captain by the company, Thomson & Gray of Glasgow. The Blair Athole left Pasaroeang, Java 29th February 1893 bound for Vancouver with Java sugar. She was lost with all hands in a storm sometime after April/ May 1893.
Her "partner" BLACKWALL was lost also in 1893. 1878 Painting of the two vessels "In Company" by Frank H Mason RBA. Whereabouts unknown.
a pretty little barque called the BOADICEA of about six hundred tons register.
I cannot identify this Barque, most records seen show vessels which were much larger, or they were steamships, or they simply weren’t afloat at the time when J L Vivian Millett saw her. Only two fit roughly the size. Perhaps …..
908 grt Ship; Built 1847 St John ( nr Plymouth UK )
Owners J & R Reed; Registered S John; Master Captain Lovett
Boadicea; Captain J Anderson; 1884 Captain Charles Smith
865 grt; 19ft draft; Iron steamer; 245 ft x 31 ft x 19 ft
ON 653440; Signal Letters LFQD
Built April 1872 Hebburn Newcastle; Registered N Shields
Owners Anderson & Shaw
In 1884 - Owners Adamson & Short
Steel Four-masted Sail Ship; 2 decks
Signal letters: KTWJ; Official Number: 93809
Master: Captain P. Lyall
2,668 grt; 2,613 nrt; 307.7 ft x 45.1 ft x 24.2 ft
Forecastle 33 feet
Built September 1888 T. Royden & Sons, Liverpool
For : Sailing Ship Buckingham Co. Ltd. of Limerick
(Managers McVicar, Marshall & Co)
Registered Port of Liverpool
Rigged with nothing above double top and topgallant sails
October 1890 Captain Lyall murdered on board ship
Read the Drama on the High Seas
1901 Sold D.H. Wätjen & Co., Bremen; Renamed BERTHA
18th October 1913 Sold Rhederei Akt. Gesellschaft von 1896, Hamburg;
Renamed OTTAWA; Turned into a four-masted Barque
1914 Interned San Francisco at the outbreak of WWI
1917 Condemned by the US Government as unseaworthy
Renamed MUSCOOTA; U.S. Government Port of Reg Washington D.C
1921 Sold to unknown American owners. Seized for debts
1922 Newcastle (NSW) owners
1924 Hulked; Wallarah Coal Company, Sydney NSW
24th December 1924 In collision with S.S. YARRA, Gabo Island
Converted to a mechanical coal loader based at Sydney, NSW
1942 Broken up Milne Bay, Queensland
Three masted ship
Built 1867 Barclay, Currie & Co. Glasgow
1,200grt; 229 ft x 36.2 ft
1889 Sold Sinclair & Ellwood (Sailing Ship Carnarvon Castle Co)
1897 Sold Flugge, Johannsen & Libinus, Hamlburg; Renamed NURNBURG
1905 Sold Sven O Stray, Christiansand
January 1910 Abandoned at sea
a three skysail yarder and beautifully sparred.
Iron Ship (Sail)
Official Number 77006
Built August 1877 Osbourne, Graham & Co, Sunderland
1,832 grt; 267.2 ft x 40.1 ft x 23.9 ft
Two decks, one bulkhead
Only Owners : G Duncan & Co, 2 East India Avenue, London
Port of Registry : London
Master : J. Duncan ( 1877-1907); 1907 Captain G.Rochester
April 1911 Broken up
CROWN OF ENGLAND
a new ship built for cargo-carrying
3 Mast Ship
Built 1883 R.Williamson & Son, Workington
1799 grt; 267 ft x 39.1 ft x 23.6 ft
For Robertson, Cruickshank & Co
c1890 J.R.Young & Co
c1900 Norwegian owners
20th March 1912 Wrecked on a reef during a cyclone, off Balla Balla, Depuch Island, Western Australia. Eight of her crew were lost.
Iron three-masted Barque
1169 grt; 215.2 ft x 35.1 ft x 21.2 ft
30th March 1917 Captured by the German raider MOEWE, 410 nautical miles W by S of Cape Leeuwin, WA, during a voyage from Mauritius to Bunbury in ballast. After disembarking the crew, the Germans sank her using timed explosives.
Master Captain J Patterson ( 1883 )
Official Number 72400; Signal Letters WTMV
1256 grt; 231.3 ft x 36.3 ft x 22 ft
Built Nov 1875 Greenock
Owners J Russell & Co
EARL OF SHAFTSBURY
4-masted steel barque
Originally built as a steamship
2,079 grt; 2,005 nrt; 280.6ft x 42.1ft x 24ft
Built July 1883 by Ramage & Ferguson, Leith.
For D. Brown & Sons, London. Indian Jute Trade.
Master : Captain R. Irvine
May 1893 Capsized and wrecked Amtlangoda, Bombay to Diamond Island.
ECCLEFECHAN new ship built for cargo-carrying.With lines as awful as her name, but she was noteworthy for being square-rigged on all four masts, which was not so usual then as it became later.
Four-masted iron Barque ( green )
Built August 1882 R. Duncan & Co, Port Glasgow
For The Village Line, T.C. Guthrie, Glasgow
2,106 grt; 2,058 nrt; 290.6 ft x 42.2 ft x 23.6 ft
Master Captain J. Dow
23rd February 1900 Under full sail, she was stranded, Skateraw, Dunbar
Built 1888 R Stephenson & Co, Newcastle
Owners McIntyre Bros & Co
1640 grt; 290 ft x 40.2 ft x 25.8 ft
Official Number 95237
Master ( 1890 ) : S F North
FLEUR DE LIS
Official Number 45405
Built April 1863 Barclay Curle Whiteinch, Glasgow
995 grt; 199 ft x 33 ft x 21 ft
Owners : Greenshields Cowie & Co
1881 Master : J B Rees
Registered Swansea; Port Nr 05/1887
April 1890 Salavaged by HMS BRAMBLE
September 1907 Sold to Dutch National; reduced to a Hulk
The Times : 10th October 1891
Distribution of Salvage Money.
The Accountant-General of the Navy gives Notice that the distribution of salvage money for services rendered to the British ship Fleur-de-Lys by her Majesty's ship Bramble, between April 5 and 20, 1890. will commence on Tuesday, the 13th inst., in the Prize brnach of the Department of the Accountant-General at the Navy, Admiralty, Spring-gardens, SW. Agents and other persons holding powers of attorney, prize orders, assignments, or other instruments, by virtue of which they may be legally entitled to claim the share of any salvor serving in the above-named ship, are requested to present the same at the office. All applications from persons entitled to share, who are not serving afloat, should be addressed "On Prize Business, to the Accountant-General of the Navy, Admiralty, London SW". Such applications ( except in the case of commissioned officers ) should be accompanied by certificates of service. The following are the shares due to an individual in the several classes:- Commanding officer, £68 14s 3d; fourth class, £35 10s 11d; fifth class £23 13s 11d, sixth class £14 4s 5d; seventh class £11 17s; eighth class £8 5s 11d.
Wool carrier for London trade.
Fitted with engine by Francisco Calderon; Single screw
1159 grt; 237.3 ft x 34 ft x 20.9 ft
Official Number 13651; Signal Letters WKNC
Master Captain I B Rugg
Built April 1873 A McMillan & Sons, Dumbarton
Owner: F H Dangar
F H Dangar, with George Dibbs, bought the Gladstone, around 1880.
1889 the NEOTSFIELD was built to his specifications
and designed for the comfort of the crew.
CHERSONESE (called by sailors the "Curse of Jasus"), another converted steamer dating back to the 'fifties which had turned out a very fast sailing ship.
The Belfast Directory in 1900 stated that “No city in Ireland (if indeed any in the United kingdom) has so rapidly developed itself from insignificance to vast importance as Belfast.” From the launch of its first iron vessel, the KHERSONESE in 1855, the shipyard became of worldwide importance with the success of its international expertise and enterprise.
Built as a British Steamship - one funnel
Three masts (Rigged for Sail); clipper bows; iron hull
1711 grt; 1,409 nrt; 246.1 ft x 38.9 ft x 23 ft
Single screw; 9 knots
Built Oct 1855 Robert Hickson & Co, Belfast
For Liverpool, Newfoundland & Halifax S.N. Co.
Official Number 8198; Signal Letters KBFN
Master 1870 John Ellison
Master 1882 J Chapman
Owners George Duncan & Co
1856 Used as a Crimean War repatriation Transport
May 1957 Lost her propeller while homeward bound from Maine
and completed the voyage under sail
1857 North Atlantic SN Co
Became an Indian Mutiny Transport ( manager Robert Alexander )
1859 Weir, Cochrane & Co, Liverpool, managers of the North Atlantic SN Co
1863 Robert Duncan & Co
1866 Engines removed; Re-rigged as a Barque
1889 Dutch owners
July 1891 destroyed by fire at Montevideo
The Illustrated London News 3rd November 1855
This noble ship presents another instance of the rapid progress now being made in the construction of iron vessels. In her are admirably combined all the qualities necessary for a sea-going vessel: she is full rigged; and, as her dimensions will show, capable of carrying canvas with any ship afloat: her length of keel is 222 feet, her length on deck being 235 feet; breadth of beam, 30 feet; depth of hold, 22 feet 11 inches; builder’s tonnage, about 1700. It is intended at present to erect a saloon for cabin-passengers aft, and house forward for the officers, engineers, &c., as to leave an extensive area of main deck as a promenade clear for passengers or troops, or accommodation for the transport of horses. Her ‘tween decks present a clear space of 180 feet long and 7 feet high, well ventilated. She has five bulkheads, two of which run to the upper deck; she has capacity for over 2000 tons cargo, after leaving ample room for her engines, machinery, and coal. Her engines, constructed by Messrs. Randolph, Elder, and Co., of Glasgow, are nominally 200-horse power; but this only faintly represents the actual power, which will combine safety with great speed. The Khersonese was built by Messrs. Robert Hickson and Co., on the beautiful piece of land known as Queen’s Island, forming one side of the harbour of Belfast, and is the largest vessel ever built in Ireland. She was launched on October 4th and, on entering the water, was greeted by the cheers of thousands of the inhabitants assembled on the Island and opposite quays. The material is of the best and heaviest used for ships of this size, put together on the firmest and most approved plan and forming, on the whole, as handsome and as useful a ship as any afloat. Mr. James Alexander, of Liverpool (with whom is associated Messrs. James Johnson and Co., of same place, and Messrs. A. and C. Taylor, of Dublin), is the managing owner of the Khersonese; and we understand they are so highly satisfied with her model and construction that they have arranged with Messrs. Robert Hickson and Co. to build another ship of about 2000 tons, which is now well advanced, and will be launched in about three months.
The Times 1st June 1857
The advantages of the new graving docks at Birkenhead have been exemplified by the despatch given to the repairs of the screw steamship Khersonese. The vessel arrived on the 22nd inst with a broken shaft and minus her screw, and was docked the next day in Mr Laird's large dock. Today she was afloat again, having had several new plates put to her bottom, and a new screw shaft ( which had to be forged ) fitted. She will sail early in the week for Portland.
5th August 1857 The Times
Sea Sickness Cureable
Dr W P Harris - surgeon to the Chersonese steamship, writes to the Lancet : "I am much surprised at the opinion which is so prevalent of the utter incurability of sea sickness. i believe this opinion to exist amongst the non-medical part of the community from sheer ignorance, and among sea-going surgeons from a supineness in applying remedies, a fault to which they are rather too subject. As surgeon to one of the first-class American steamships, which each voyage carries over to Portland at least 400 emigrants, I think I may venture to state my experience. In the greater number of instances I allow the stomach to discharge its contents once or twice, and then, if there is no organic disease, I give five drops of chloroform in a little water, and if necessary repeat the dose in four or six hours. The almost constant effect of this treatment, is to cause an immediate sensation as it were of warmth in the stomach, accompanied by almost a total relief of the nausea and sickness, likewise curing the distressing headache, and usually causing a quiet sleep, from which the passenger awakes quite well".
KNIGHT OF ST MICHAEL
J L Vivian Millett saw KNIGHT OF ST. MICHAEL,
a magnificent "four-poster" on her first voyage in 1883.
A four-masted steel ship
Rigged : Royal sails over double top and topgallant sails.
Built Feb 1883 W.B. Thompson, Glasgow.
2,278 grt; 2,221 nrt; 294.7 ft x 42.2 ft x 24.1 ft
Owners : R.L. Greenshields, Cowie & Co., Liverpool.
Master : Captain T. Johnstone.
1897 Sold Ant. Dom. Bordes et fils, Dunkerque; Renamed PACIFIQUE
Master : Captain Le Treust.
1907 In collision with barque RHÔNE (also Ant. Dom. Bordes et fils)
Both Masters were dismissed.
1916 Sold Gaillard & Co, Bayonne; Renamed PAZIFIQUE
21st October 1916 Left Penarth for Port Arthur, Texas, and disappeared.
Official Number 87100
Built 1883 Barrow S.B. Co
Indo-China Steam Navigation Company
2,134 grt; 250ft x 39. 2ft x 21ft
241 hp; 10 knots; compound engines
25th July 1894 Sunk in the Sino-Japanese War
LADAKH, one of Bate's ships, and the very first, I should imagine, to serve out such unheard-of luxuries to her crew as butter and marmalade.
Ship; Built Feb 1883 Oswald Mordaunt & Co, Southampton
1942 grt; 269 ft x 39.5 ft x 24.1 ft
Official Number 87815; Signal Letters HKQC
Master 1886 Captain Delargy
Owners E Bates & Sons
A Cable Laying Ship
Built 1886 Napier & Sons, Glasgow (Yard Nr 400)
1,545 grt; 255.7 ft x 34.1 ft x 17.6 ft
For the Eastern Telegraph Company
1904 Sold Western Telegraph Company; Renamed NORSEMAN (3)
1924 Moored Pernambuco Harbour, as a cable hulk; Renamed NORNA (2)
More information and pictures at
Last iron square-rigger
Built Aug 1889 Messrs. A. McMillan & Son, Dumbarton
1,894 grt; 269.6 ft x 40.1 ft x 22.7 ft
Owner F. H. Dangar, of Dangar, Gedye & Co, Sydney
Master Captain Rugg – earlier of the GLADSTONE, later of the DEE
1902 sold R. Thomas & Co
Master Captain E. Jones
1905 Master Captain Evans
1916 Master Captain W.L.B. Kelk
1917 sold to James Bell & Co, Hull
Master Captain T. Dunning
26th June 1917 Stopped by a German submarine 112 miles SW by S Bishop’s Rock, Isles of Scilly. The crew were allowed to leave in their own ship’s boats, then she was sunk by detonation charges.
British cargo Steamship
Built 1895 Caird& Co
Owners : Peninsular & Oriental SN Co
5,913 grt; 430 ft x 49.3 ft x 29.8 ft
Triple-expansion engines; 662 nhp
20th June 1915 Wrecked 1 mile North of Colombo, whilst on voyage from Bombay to Shanghai carrying a general cargo.
ONEIDA was a large vessel, which had formerly been a steamer,
which must have been of considerably over 2,000 tons.
Iron hull, clipper bow Ship
Built March 1855 by John Scott, & Sons, Greenock
For Canada Ocean SS Co, Montreal
Official Number 7416
2,293 grt; 306.9 ft x 38.10 ft x 19.2 ft
One funnel, Three masts (Rigged for Sail)
Engines Scott, Sinclair & Co, Greenock; 530 hp; single screw; 10 knots
1855 Became Crimean Troop Transport Nr.222
1856 European & Australian Royal Mail Co
1858 Royal Mail Steam Packet Co; Remeasured 2285 grt; 1372 nrt
1874 Ellis & Sons, London; Converted to Sailing Ship
1890s Hulked at Puerto Delgado, Chile
The Times 12th May 1856
The Oneida screw steam transport, No 222, Captain Moreton, arrived at Spithead yesterday from Ismid, with 400 men, 20 officers, and 165 horses of the 8th Hussars, under the command of Brigadier-General Shewell. the following are the officers:- Colonel de Salis, Major Tomkinson, Captain Chetwode, Lieutenants Clowes, Heneage, sawbridge, and Mussenden, Cornest Harrison, Webster and Haynes, Adjutant Harding, and Surgeon Lockwood, Veterinary Surgeon grey, Paymaster Duberly, Quartermaster Lant, Lietenant Coates, 7th Hussars; Lieutenant Paget of the 8th Hussars; Lieutenant Jones of the 8th Hussars and Mr Miller, engineer RN.
Captain J L Vivian Millett speaks highly of her crew
and the speed at which she sets sail.
American Ship; Registered Boston
Built May 1876 Smith & Townsend, East Bostsn, Massechussetts
1735 grt; 221 ft x 41.2 ft x 24.6 ft
Owners W H Kinsman & Co
Official number 150094; Signal Letters JRWH
Master (1882) Captain John Mullin
The PERICLES was, of course, the well-known clipper of the Aberdeen White Star Line. She was a beautiful little ship, as were all those belonging to that firm; but her day is now done, as I see that she has just been sold by the Norwegians for breaking up.
Three masts Full-rigged iron hull Ship
Built July 1877 W.Hood & Co, Aberdeen
1,598 grt; 259.5 ft x 39.3 ft
For the Aberdeen Line
Donkey boiler and engine, steam condenser and steam windlass
1904 Sold Leif Gundersen, Porsgrund, Norway; Barque Rigged
1911 Pettersen and Ullenaess, Porsgrund
1916 Christiansands Shipping Co; Renamed SJURSO
1923 Scrapped, Kiel
Iron full-rigged ship
Built May 1874 Whitehaven Shipbuilding Company
For Fisher & Sprott, Liverpool
1,777 grt; 206.0 ft x 39.1 ft x 23.1 ft; 3 masts
1892 W. Lowden & Company
1904 Norwegian Owners, Renamed IRMGARD
June 1910 On a voyage Streaky Bay, South Australia, to Falmouth
with 30,000 bags of wheat, she was wrecked off Canal, Chile
Full rigged composite clipper ship
Built 1862 by Bilbe & Co, Rotherhithe
For John Willis & Son, London
915 nrt; 191.4ft x 34ft x 20.7ft
1879 Reduced to a barque
1884 Sold to be broken up
YARRA YARRA, a pretty little barque which came in under jury rig,
having been dismasted in the Bay of Bengal
665 grt; 132.6 ft x 31.29 ft x 20.4 ft
Registered Arendal, Norway
Built June 1836 New York and rebuilt in 1874
Hull metalled December 1878
Owners : J L Ugland
Master 1882 : Captain W Klocker
Thanks also to John D Stevenson, Andy C Adams, Ted Finch
and Bryan Richards