british Aberdeen Line - Thompson George & Co. SV Salamis [+1905]
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nationality british
purpose transport
type clipper
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1875
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weight (tons) 1130  grt
dimensions 67.5 x 11 x 6.6 m
material iron
rigging 3 masted
yard no. 67
IMO/Off. no. 70443
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cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 20/05/1905  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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Hood Walter & Sons, Aberdeen
Aberdeen Line - Thompson George & Co., London
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entered 15/02/2010
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Lettens Jan08/05/2013GUANO is the feces and urine of seabirds, cave dwelling bats and seals. Guano is an effective fertilizer, an important source of nitrates for gunpowder. Soil can be made more productive by addition of guano.
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Allen Tony13/02/2011SALAMIS (+1905) Iron Full-rigged ship; Built: 1875. Launched May 1875. Builder: Walter Hood & Co, Aberdeen. GRT: 1130. NET: 1079. NET UNDER DECK: 1021. Dimensions: 221’6” X 36’ X 21’7”. British Registration # 70443. Wool Clipper – not fitted for passengers. Ownwer: George Thompson & Co for the Aberdeen White Star Line.

Captains: Capt Holmes on maiden voyage to Melbourne, best passage of 68 days; London - Port Phillip Heads. 1875-1894 Capts Phillips, Senior & Junior. 1st & 3rd Mates were also sons of Capt Phillips at one time or another. 1894-1898 Capt.R.B.B.McKilliam.

NORWAY: 1898: Sold to Leif Gundersen of Porsgrunn, Norway and used to run guano cargoes from the South Pacific.

HISTORY: Named from Greek island of Salamis with reference to The Battle of Salamis, 480BC. Iron and extended version of her sister ship, Thermopylae, from drawings and design of Bernard Waymouth. 1875 saw the finest of the iron clippers launched and Salamis was no exception. Equipped with H.D.Cunningham patented lower yard braces developed post 1861 which tighten the luff of the sail, from the deck.

WRECKED: 20th May 1905. Atoll, Malden Island, South Pacific 4 degrees S 155 degrees W. Kiribati Group.
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Chipchase Nick15/02/2010Wrecked on Maldon Island .
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1881 merged with Alexander Hall & Co.
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