ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
KOSCIUSKO
Construction
WOOD
Type
SHIP
Date
1862
Official Number
45202
Description
Rig: SHIP
Launched in August 1862

Description: 2 deck a poop and top gallant forecastle, 3 masts, ship rigged, barque rigged from 3rd Dec. 1878, round stern, carvel built, male figurehead

Rigging: Ship; sheathed in felt and yellow metal in 1862; fastened with copper bolts

Owners:
George Thompson Jnr, William Henderson, Shipowners, Aberdeen, Stephen and George Thompson youngest, Shipowners, London 48 shares. Charles Stuart Shipmaster, 12 shares, Walter Hood, 4 shares.

1863 Registered Aberdeen, master Stuart, route London - Australia.

Master:
Captain C. Stuart (1862-67);
Captain Lawson (1868-69 & 1871-75);
Captain J. Ross (1870)

Sydney Morning Herald, 21st March 1863: 25th Feb. - Kosciusko, ship, Stewart Master, 84 days from the Downs.

Aberdeen Journal, 09/11/1864:
KOSCIUSKO, ship, from London for Melbourne, 7 September, 6N, 23W [Midatlantic between Brazil and West Africa].

Sydney Morning Herald, 2nd July 1865: Kosciusko ship, Lawson, arrived 5th June from the Lizard 79 days.

Bendigo Advertiser (Victoria), 2nd July 1867: Aberdeen clipper ship Kosciusko was telegraphed as being off the Heads, having made a fair passage from Gravesend of 81 days. (Left 10/4/67).

Ballarat Star, 27th October 1868: Aberdeen clipper ship Kosciusko cleared customs Port Philip Heads (Victoria) for London with large cargo of wool, viz. 4828 bales wool, 4300 bags copper ore, 20 balesleather, 11,567 ounces gold. She is 2nd ship cleared this season for february wool sales & ship being in fine trim captain anticipates a quick passage home.

Sydney Morning Herald, 16th July 1870: Water Police Court - John Baker, seaman of ship Kosciusko, convicted of disorderly conduct on board his vessel - fined 5 shillings or 2 days imprisonment.

Sydney Morning Herald, 12th June 1871: clipper ship Kosciuso, for London, was towed to sea 9th June by steam tug Goolwa.

Sydney Empire, 16th November 1872: Ship Kosciusko left Gravesend 2nd August & landed pilot at Torbay on 6th. Had very bad trades & crossed the equator 35th day out. From there 28 days to the meridian of Cape of Good Hope. Ran the Easting down between 45th & 46th degrees and had very adverse winds. Passed south Cape of Tasmania 1st November.

Sydney Empire, 6th January 1873: Cornor's Inquest - George Innes, 2nd officer of ship Kosciusko, now lying in Syndey Harbour, deponed Frederick Maisey, butcher on board, was 40 years & native of London, ever since ship has bee in harbour has been drinking to excess. Niels Petersen, Publican, Oriental Hotel, deponed Maisey arrived between 11 & 12 o'clock in state of drink, joined some men singing, had no more than 2 glasses rum, was later found dead sitting on sofa. Post mortem indicated disease of heart and liver accelerated by intemperance.

Aberdeen Journal, 26/01/1870:
Ship KOSCIUSKO, of the Aberdeen Line, Capt. Larsen, has arrived in Thames - 1st ship of season with Australian wool.

Sydney Morning Herald, 1/6/1877: Kosciusko, ship, 1192 tons, Smith master, arrived 22nd May, from the Lizard 109 days.

Sydney Morning Herald, 12/07/1878:
KOSCIUSKO, ship, 1192 tons, Captain Smith, cleared 11 July for London. Passengers Mr & Mrs Braithwaite and Mackenzie, Rev. G. Robertson, Mr R. Valentine.

Sydney Morning Herald, 29th May 1880:
Benjamin Langley, seaman on ship Kosciusko, went on board in state of drunkenness and besides refusing to obey orders, struck the mate; William Bothwell. For assault sent to gaol for 4 weeks and additional 2 days for wilful disobedience.

Sydney Morning Herald, 29th January 1883:
Projected departure 29th January. - Kosciusko, barque, for Rotterdam.

Sydney Morning Herald, 01/11/1888:
31 October, KOSCIUSKO, barque, left Sydney for Barcelona.

Sydney Evening News, 27/10/1891:
Seaman named Olaf Johnson, 33, met with fearful accident on board ship Kosciusko. Vessel is lying near Garden island and while Johnson was attending to some work aloft on mainmast he fell distance of about 50 feet. He struck some portions of rigging and spars and fell into the water. With great promptitude a boat was lowered just as he was on point of drowning, but he died in Sydney Hospital the following day.

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Monday, 11 September 1893, Page 4:

THE KOSCIUSCO – LOSS OF AN APPRENTICE.
The Sydney-owned barque Kosciusko arrived yesterday from Gothenburg. She reports a sad accident during the voyage. One of the apprentices, Albert Bear, a son of Mr. Superintendent Bear, of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, when in the act of loosening the main topgallant sail fell into the sea and was drowned. He was never seen after passing the ship's quarter either from the deck or aloft, but sunk at once. The ship at the time was running before a fresh gale and a heavy sea. The main topsail halyards were let go and the foresail let fly at once and the ship rounded to at some risk, but no one caught sight of him ; indeed, had he been seen, it is doubtful if a boat could have lived to reach him. He must have fallen 140ft. The accident caused quite a gloom amongst the crew, the young follow being liked by everyone on board for his manly qualities. " There was not a soul of us," said one of the ship's company, yesterday, "who wouldn't have jumped overboard to pick him up, blow or no blow, had we caught sight of the lad." He was a bright, good lad, and the makings of a real sailor." The report of his loss on the vessel's arrival here caused extreme regret, and came as an awful shock to his relatives. The barque sailed from Gothenburg on the 11th May, and took departure from the Lizard on the 27th. Had strong head winds across the North Sea and down Channel. Got the N.E. trades in lat. 30' W. From Lat. 9' to 4' and 19' W. had strong S.W. monsoon, and crossed the equator in 20' W. Thence to 15' S. had strong southerly winds, having to tack ship several times to keep off the Brazilian coast. and the remainder of the voyage to Cape Otway experienced fresh to very hard gales. Used oil bags when running in the heaviest of the gales with good results. Saw ice three different times between 38' and 41 S. and 20' and 72' E. Also passed a derelict, with part of a mast standing, in lat. 28' N. and 24' W. Spoke the barque Columbia, bound to Valparaiso, in 4' N. The Kosciusko is to Mr. Alexander Burns.


The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Monday, 11 September 1893
DEATHS
BEAR. – August 3, Albert Charles Bear, the beloved son of William Douglas Bear, Superintendent M.F.B., Sydney, late of M.F.B., London, and Annie Elizabeth Bear, lost at sea from barque Kosciusco, aged 17½ years.


Dundas Herald, Tasmania, 9/5/1896:
Colliery dispute - Barque Kosciusko and ship Lord Shaftesbury, which were to have taken over 6,500 tons of coal away from Newcastle [NSW] have been ordered to West coast of America in ballast.

Bought by Cowlislaw Brothers of Sydney and broken up at Canton 1899.
Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives) and Lloyd's Register of Shipping

NOTE: This vessel is also reported in newspaper accounts with the spelling KOSCIUSCO
Shipbuilder
Walter Hood and Co
Shipowner
Aberdeen White Star Line (George Thompson & Co)
Dimensions
length 204' x breadth 36' 2 x depth 22' 7"
Gross Tonnage: 1193 ton
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