british SV Dundonald (+1907)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type barque - bark
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1891
weight (tons) 2205  grt
dimensions 86.6 x 12.8 x 7.4 m
material steel
rigging 4 masts
yard no. 85
IMO/Off. no. 99121
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 07/03/1907  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.13rank: 648
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Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd., Belfast
last owner
[1]Kerr, Newton & Co., Glasgow
SV Dundonald (+1907)
period 1900 ~ 1907
IMO/Off. no.: 99121
prev. owners
[2]Dixon Thomas & Sons Ltd. - Lord Line - Irish Shipowners Co., Belfast
SV Dundonald
period 1891 ~ 1900
IMO/Off. no.: 99121
captain Thorburn J. T.
no. of crew 32
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Lettens Jan28/09/2013The Dundonald was a steel, 4-masted barque of 2205 tons, built at Belfast, in 1891 for T. Dixon & Sons and measured 284.2 x 42 x 24.4 ft. At the time of her loss the barque was owned by Kerr, Newton & Co.

She had sailed from Sydney, Australia, on 17th February 1907 for Falmouth, England with a cargo of wheat. The Dundonald sank on 7th March 1907 after running ashore on the west side of Disappointment Island, on 6 March 1907.

The castaways salved as much canvas as they could and in the coming months never gave up: They made what ever they needed. Ropes from grass fibre, shoes from seal skin, wooden spoons, wooden hooks, and oars of the crooked veronica elliptica, the only wood on the island, with canvas sewn around the forked sticks for the oar blades. They even tied messages to albatrosses.

On October 16th, 7 months after the shipwreck, the New Zealand Government steamer Hinemoa, on a sixteen day cruise, partly scientific expedition and partly to replenish stores at the Relief Depots arrived and rescued the castaways.

Note: in June 1896 she sank the S.S. Santarense in a collision, fortunately with no loss of life.

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