british Glasgow Shipping Co. - General Shipping Co. - Loch Line (William Aitken & James Lilburn) SV Loch Earn (+1873)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type fully rigged ship
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1869
weight (tons) 1200  grt
dimensions 68.9 x 10.9 x 6.6 m
material iron
rigging 3 masts (full-rigged)
yard no. 40
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date lost 28/11/1873  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Lawrie J. G. & Co., Glasgow
Glasgow Shipping Co. - General Shipping Co. - Loch Line (William Aitken & James Lilburn), Glasgow
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Allen Tony26/06/2007Loch Earn, Iron ship, 1200 tons. Built at Glasgow, 1869. Dimensions 226.2x35.8x21.5 ft. Captain Robertson. Under full sail for Australia, collided with the French Atlantic mail steamer Ville du Havre on 22th November 1873 at the entrance to the English Channel. The Ville du Havre was carrying 313 passengers and was one week out from New York for Le Havre. Under the law of the sea, steam was expected to give way to sail but instead the steamer continued on course, at about 9 knots, and swung across the Loch Earn’s bows.

The sharp bow of the sailing ship cut into the steamer’s plating, stove in her side for a distance of thirty feet by twelve feet almost opposite the engines, and she sank within fifteen minutes drowning two hundred and twenty-six of her complement. The eighty-seven survivors (twenty-six passengers, sixty-one crew) were picked up by the damaged Loch Earn and later transferred to the American vessel Tremountain, and landed at Cardiff. On 28 November 1873, the Loch Earn, with its bow smashed in, commenced to sink as the bulkheads gave way, so was abandoned by and her crew without incident. They were eventually picked up by the British Queen and landed at Plymouth on 7 December.

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