Official Number
Yard Number: 309
Date of Build/Launch: August 1882

Cost and extras: £29,120
Description: Four masts, figurehead - 3/4 female figure.

George Naish & David Cobb, "The Saga of Ships":
Built as a wool clipper on the London-Sydney run.

Aberdeen Register of Ships (Aberdeen City Archives):
Registered Aberdeen 15/09/1882. 4 masted barque. 3/4 female figurehead. 2 decks.
Original Owner: William Duthie, Shipowner, Aberdeen (64 shares).
14/11/1882: William Duthie 8 shares - Alexander Duthie, shipbuilder; 7 shares - James Duthie, Manufacturer; 2 shares - Alexander Davidson, Advocate; 1 share - George Washington Wilson, photographer; 2 shares - James Elsmie, shipowner; 4 shares - James Haddow Bower, merchant [all Aberdeen].
21/11/1882: WIlliam Duthie 1 share - Charles Cook, shipowner, Aberdeen.
27/11/1882: William Duthie 8 shares - Joseph Moore, Joseph Moore Jr. and Thomas Lane Devitt, City of London [joint owners].

Lloyd's Register:
1883-84: Owner W. Duthie; Port belonging to Aberdeen; Master B. Crombie.
1898-99: Owners Duthie Bros & Co.; Master J. Hodges (since 1889); Port of survey Sydney. Port of Registry Aberdeen.
1910-11: Owners Devitt and Moore; Master C. Maitland; Port of Registry Aberdeen; Surveyed Sydney February 1910.

Lubbock, "The Colonial Clippers":
Considered one of the most beautiful iron ships ever built. Designed by Alexander Duthie and built by Hall under supervision of Duthie Brothers at cost of £29,000. Unusually strong. Under 1st commander Capt. Crombie some fast passages - notably 39 days Sydney-San Francisco; best run in 24 hrs. 345 miles; 77 days Channel-Sydney 1882. 1907 bought by Devitt & Moore as cadet training ship.
[History of PORT JACKSON can be found in "The Colonial Clippers" by Lubbock, p272-3]

Hocking, "Dictionary of Disasters at Sea in Age of Steam":
During World War I reverted to cargo carrying. On April 28 1917 (under ownership of Swift S.S. Co.) was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine 180 miles west by north of Fasnet. Captain and 13 of crew killed.

Port of survey - London
Best known Commander - A. S. Cutler

Wagga Wagga Advertiser, 27/05/1893:
Fire which broke out on barque PORT JACKSON was not completely quenched till 7.30 next morning. Flames were confined to lower hold, which was completely burned out. It was crammed with valuable cargo, whole of which is almost completely destroyed by fire and water. When pumping stopped there were some 12-14ft water in barque and she was resting on bottom at one end. Several firemen overcome by smoke and nearly suffocated. Cause of fire not known, but seat of fire was amongst matches, tar, spirits and other inflammable materials (brought out and not yet discharged). Ship and cargo valued at £50,000-£60,000, ship insured in Scotland, but cargo by large no. of local offices. [Vessel at Sydney].

Adelaide Advertiser, 29/05/1893:
Damage to cargo by recent fire now estimated £15,000.

Sydney Morning Herald, 04/09/1897:
4 masted barque PORT JACKSON form Liverpool with general cargo passed Gabo Island in command of Capt. Hodge. Reported 92 days out, all well.

Brisbane Courier, 18/03/1903:
Barque PORT JACKSON, ready to sail for London, will take as cargo 12,145 bales wool, which is a record shipment for a sailing ship from any port.

Sydney Evening News, 04/09/1906:
4 masted barque PORT JACKSON, 2132 tons, Captain Ward, left London 28 June for Sydney and Newcastle.

Sydney Morning Herald, 02/11/1906:
After voyage of 126 days from London, with cargo of general merchandise, 4 masted barque PORT JACKSON arrived Sydney yesterday, fine weather conditions on voyage.
[Cairns Morning Post, 29/10/1906: Now arrival causing concern].

Adelaide register, 01/05/1907:
Bertram V. Williams, seaman on barque PORT JACKSON, which sailed from Sydney 10 Jan. for London, recently arrived, sentenced to 1 month's imprisonment for having assaulted Capt. Ward for giving him a bad discharge.

Riverine Herald [Victoria], 10/10/1907:
D. Evitt & Moore's 4 masted barque PORT JACKSON sailed from London yesterday for Sydney. To be there for Christmas, will stay for 5 weeks and return to G.B. via Cape Horn. Ship's company included 24 naval cadets and 50 boys from training ship WARSPITE. [Bendigo Advertiser, 27/09/1907 - PORT JACKSON employed as training ship for British Mercantile Marine].

Sydney Morning News, 06/06/1908:
Cable received that PORT JACKSON arrived in English Channel Thursday, 96 days out from Sydney (1 March).

Newcastle Morning Herald, 03/12/1910:
PORT JACKSON, bound London - Sydney, passed Wilson's Promontory yesterday. Reported 88 days out, all well.

Kadima & Wallaroo Times, 31/12/1913:
PORT JACKSON discharging coke at Wallaroo.

Adelaide Daily Herald, 30/03/1916:
Gordon B. Pitt, age 16, cadet on British barque PORT JACKSON, killed by falling down hold at Port Adelaide.
A. HALL & Co., Aberdeen
Duthie Brothers & Co.
length 286' 11" x breadth 41' x depth 25' 3"
gross tonnage: 2212 ton
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