british SV Duchess of Albany [+1893]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type clipper
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1884
status
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weight (tons) 1746  grt
dimensions 77.1 x 12.3 x 7 m
material iron
rigging 3 fully rigged masts
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IMO/Off. no. 91162
call sign
JQKB  
JQKB
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 13/07/1893  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.16rank: 642
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builder
Royden Thos & Sons - Indra Line - Santa Clara SS Co., Liverpool
owner
Hamilton Robert, Liverpool
captain Wilson, John
no. of crew 28
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Lettens Jan06/01/2012The DUCHESS OF ALBANY was a British sailing ship of the port of Liverpool. She was built of iron in 1884 by Messrs. Thomas Royden and Sons, of Liverpool. Her length was 253 ft., her breadth 40.25 ft., and her depth 23 ft. Her registered tonnage was 1,746.28 tons. She was owned by Mr. Robert Hamilton, of Liverpool.

The DUCHESS OF ALBANY left Rio Janeiro on June 20th, 1893, bound for Valparaiso. She had 890 tons of gravel ballast on board. She carried a crew of 28 hands all told, and was commanded by Mr. John Wilson. ...

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About Builders
 Royden Thos & Sons - Indra Line - Santa Clara SS Co., Liverpool
Started in 1800 in Liverpool as wooden shipbuilders, and like many builders of the time, gradually became ship owners.

Royden traded to India, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

Stopped with ship building in 1893 with the introduction of the steamers.

The company formed the Indra Line in 1901. Mainly trading with New York and the Far East.

Ceased to exist, when purchased by the Ocean Steamship Co. of Alfred Holt & Co. in 1915.

Lloyd's reference no. 1633.

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Lettens Jan06/01/2012The DUCHESS OF ALBANY was a British sailing ship of the port of Liverpool. She was built of iron in 1884 by Messrs. Thomas Royden and Sons, of Liverpool. Her length was 253 ft., her breadth 40.25 ft., and her depth 23 ft. Her registered tonnage was 1,746.28 tons. She was owned by Mr. Robert Hamilton, of Liverpool.

The DUCHESS OF ALBANY left Rio Janeiro on June 20th, 1893, bound for Valparaiso. She had 890 tons of gravel ballast on board. She carried a crew of 28 hands all told, and was commanded by Mr. John Wilson.

On the 13th of July, there was a thick, drizzling rain, and there was no clear daylight, the second officer saw land on the lee bow and ahead. The helm was immediately put up, but before the vessel paid off appreciately, she struck the ground.

An attempt was made to get her off, backing the yards, but without success, and she drifted broadside on to the beach, bumping heavily. It was high water at the time, with a heavy surf. The lifeboat and gig were accordingly provisioned and lowered, and about 6.30 a.m. the officers and crew left the ship.

After the crew landed at a spot some twelve miles west from the place where the vessel stranded, the master was under the impression that they were on Staten Island, and informed the crew to that effect, stating it to be his intention in the morning to proceed in the boats to St. John's.

After considering this during the night, in the morning seventeen of the crew refused to go in the boats, which were already launched. The master upon this left them with provisions estimated to last them ten days, together with axes, matches, etc in order to make fires.

The seventeen men started for the wreck, and following by land the direction the boats had taken, came to a deep river, across which one man, Willoughby, swam and reached the wreck, subsequently, by aid of the search party, rejoining those of the crew, who had reached Thetis Bay by boat.

The sixteen other men turned back and went to the westward, since which nothing has been heard of them, although search parties of Indians with written instructions were sent to guide them to Thetis Bay.
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