ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
BOLIVAR
Construction
WOOD
Type
BRIG
Date
1858
Description
Rig: BRIG
Owner: Aiken & Co.

Description:
1 deck and a break, 2 masts, brig rigged, round stern, carvel built, no galleries, shield figurehead.
Subscribing Owners:
James Aiken Jnr., shipowner (36 shares), John Catto, shipowner (16 shares), James Watson, shipowner (12 shares), all Aberdeen.
7/5/1858: James Aiken sells 2 shares to John Simpson, Aberdeen (clerk to Messers
Alexander Duthie & Co, 8 shares to Robert Innes, Aberdeen (shipowner), 4 shares to James Williamson, Aberdeen (shipowner) & 4 shares to George Murray, Aberdeen (shipowner)
(Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

1859/61/62: Master J. Watson; Voyage Liverpool.
1863: Voyage London - Colon.
No further mention.
Source: Lloyd's Register of Shipping

Wrecked Colon, Panama, 22 November 1862

Wreck of BOLIVAR (collated from reports of several newspapers, December 1862, in British Library 19th Century Newspapers Online):
Great gale at Panama began about midnight on 21 Nov. 1862. Blowing from north, it drove heavy rollers into Bay of Colon. By daybreak the British brig BOLIVAR was a total wreck, having been driven onto the reef at Colon. Her cargo of coals (except 15 tons) was landed. Wreck was to be sold 4 January, 1863.
There is some conflict over this loss, as another BOLIVAR, port of registry Dundee with 303 tons was reported lost by the Dundee Courier in November of 1862 after not being heard from since December 1861. Our researchers believe that the wreck at Colon in 1862 is the Aberdeen built BOLIVAR.

Aberdeen Press & Journal, 2/4/1862:
BOLIVAR, Watson, Left Liverpool, 22 March, for Aspinwall.

Aberdeen Press & Journal, 9/7/1862:
BOLIVAR, Watson, at Aspinwall, 8th May, from Liverpool, and left 20th, for Savinalla.

Aberdeen Press and Journal, 27/8/1862:
BOLIVAR, Watson, at London, 20th do., from Colon and Savinalla.
Shipbuilder
DUTHIE
Dimensions
length 102.45' x breadth 23.25' x depth 12.95'
gross tonnage 197 tons

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