ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
AUSTRALIAN
Construction
WOOD
Type
SHIP
Date
1866
Official Number
53256
Description
Date of Build/Launch: August 1866
Rig: SHIP

Description: 2 decks, poop deck and a top gallant forecastle, 3 masts, ship rigged, round stern, carvel built, no galleries, shield figurehead.
(Source: Aberdeen Shipping Registers (Aberdeen City Archives))

Aberdeen to Australia

This vessel was wrecked off Aracaju, on the Brazilian coast on 22 October 1868.

Lloyd's Register, 1867-68:
Master J. Duthie, Owners Duthie & Sons, Port Belonging to Aberdeen, Destined Voyage Aberdeen - Australia.

Sydney Morning Herald, 28/12/1866:
Ship AUSTRALIAN, Sydney harbour, 27 Dec. Ladies & Gentlemen, I am exceedingly gratified at the handsome manner in which you have mentioned the treatment you received while on the voyage from London. On behalf of myself and officers I return you my sincere thanks. James Duthie.

Daily News, 30/04/1867:
Arrival of a gold ship - Penzance, 29 April, Ship AUSTRALIAN, from Sydney 12 Feb., arrived off here this afternoon and, after reporting herself, proceeded up channel. She brings gold.

Liverpool Mercury, 01/07/1867:
AUSTRALIAN, ship, outward bound, spoken 47N., 10W. [off Ushant].

Birmingham Daily Post, 01/12/1868:
Telegram received at Lloyd's from the Brazils reports total loss of ship AUSTRALIAN from Sydney to London on north of St. Christovos on 22 October. Ship and cargo lost, crew, passengers and 3,112 ounces gold saved.

North Wales Chronicle, 05/12/1868:
AUSTRALIAN, clipper ship, belonging to Messrs Duthie of Aberdeen, has been totally wrecked about 138 miles north of Bahia [Brazil].

Sydney Morning Herald, 20/01/1869:
AUSTRALIAN, lost on homeward passage which left Sydney 5 Sept, 1868, was one of the finest ships that ever floated on the waters of Port Jackson. As she lay alongside the circular quay she was the centre of nautical criticism & general admiration. Capt. Voller (a gentle man & a sailor), long connected with the colonies & highly respected, but first voyage in this vessel.

Aberdeen Journal, 21/04/1869:
Article details the Board of Trade enquiry into the wrecking of the AUSTRALIAN on the voyage back from Sydney. Ship is described as a 'handsome 2-decked vessel of 1015 tons burden'. She had a crew of 32 and 27 passengers. Commanded by Captain Vollar.
Shipbuilder
DUTHIE
Shipowner
John Duthie and Sons and Company
Dimensions
length 199' x breadth 34'7" x depth 20'5"
tonnage 1016 tons

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