british Glasgow Shipping Co. - General Shipping Co. - Loch Line (William Aitken & James Lilburn) SV Loch Sloy (+1899)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type barque - bark
propulsion sailing ship
date built 1877
is nickname no
weight (tons) 1280  grt
dimensions 68.7 x 10.82 x 6.43 m
material iron
rigging 3 masts
yard no. 178
IMO/Off. no. 78562
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 24/04/1899  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.30rank: 617
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Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
Glasgow Shipping Co. - General Shipping Co. - Loch Line (William Aitken & James Lilburn), Glasgow
captain Nicol, Peter
no. of crew 28
no. of passengers 7
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[1] Lettens Jan24/04/2008
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Allen Tony24/04/2008Loch Sloy was a British Sailing Barque of 1,280 tons built in 1877 by D & W Henderson Ltd Glasgow, Yard No 178 for the Glasgow Shipping Co. The barque Loch Sloy, Capt. P. Nicol, was on passage from Glasgow to Adelaide and Melbourne with a general cargo when she met with disaster on the coast of Kangaroo Island at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Vincent, South Australia.

The ship overran her distance when trying to pick up the light at Cape Borda. She was too close inshore and the light was hidden by the cliffs between Cape Bedout and Cape Couldie. In the darkness of the morning of April 24th, 1899, she ran full on to the Brothers Rocks, about 300 yards from the shore. She was dismasted and swept by huge seas and there was little opportunity for her crew to save themselves. A few of the men with seven saloon passengers took refuge in the rigging but the masts went almost immediately, drowning all who clung to them.

Four persons, a passenger, two seamen and an apprentice managed to struggle ashore. They were many miles from a settlement and were forced to subsist on shell fish and dead penguins cast up by the sea. Two of the party walked to Cape Borda lighthouse and one reached May´s Settlement, but a passenger who was too ill to walk died from exposure. Of a complement of about 34 persons only these three survived.
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[1] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
[2] Stuart Cameron,
Lettens Jan14/05/2008Loch Sloy; Barque; 1280 tons; 69x10.9x6.5 m.; Owned by Glasgow Shipping Co.; Built at D. & W. Henderson in 1877. Registered at Glasgow.

On 24 April 1899, Loch Sloy with 7 passengers and a crew of 28, was lost. 33 died.
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About Builders
 Henderson D. & W. & Co. Ltd., Meadowside
D & W Henderson's Meadowside Shipyard was originally developed by Tod & MacGregor. David and William Henderson, who owned a marine engineering works in Finnieston, bought the yard in 1873. The Henderson brothers were also partners in the Anchor Line, for whom they built thirty-two ships between 1876 and 1911, as well as undertaking considerable repair work. Another regular customer was the Liverpool firm of Lamport & Holt, which placed orders for nineteen ships. They also built prestigious racing yachts, including Britannia for the Prince of Wales in 1893. - Harland & Wolff bought the ordinary shares of D & W Henderson in 1917 and took over the management in 1919. The firm launched its last ship in 1935, after which it ceased trading.

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