ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
RANGER
Construction
WOOD
Type
SCHOONER
Date
1822
Description
Rig: SCHOONER

Sailing Cargo Ship; Carvel British built; Schooner rigged; Standing Bowsprit; Square Stern.

Master J. Mess, owner Captain and company. Route: London Coaster.
Bought outright by John Christie of Sunderland in 1830.
Lost on Goodwin Sands, en route from Caen to Sunderland, 1st September 1833.

Built at Aberdeen in 1822 and formerly registered at this port on 15 July 1822 - certificate No. 22 - now delivered up and cancelled.
Surveying Officer Orlando Hart Wilson.
Aground measure of reel for tonnage - 46' 8 2/5".
16 July 1822 sailed from Aberdeen to London - Captain J. Mess.
During 1823 sailed between Aberdeen and Sunderland under Captain J. Mess then Bathew then swap.

New Registry - No. 13 at Port of Aberdeen dated 3 February 1824. Name RANGER; Burthen 84 23/94 tons; Master Edward Davidson.

Subscribing Owners: Alexander Matthew, Merchant (4/64 shares); John Lumsden, Merchant (6/64); James Brebner, Merchant (6/64).

Other Owners: James Mess, Merchant (16/64); John Catto, Merchant (4/64); Robert Catto, Merchant (4/64); Alexander Dalgarno, Merchant (4/64); Alexander Duthie, Junior, Merchant (4/64); William Maitland, Merchant (4/64); William Reid, Shipbuilder (4/64); James Mess, Shipmaster (8/64).

Custom House Aberdeen, 30 April 1825, James Mess, Jnr, Shipmaster fm Aberdeen, transferred by Bill of Sale dated 29 March 1825 four sixty fourth shares to James Mess, Merchant in Aberdeen and four sixty fourth shares to Alexander Matthew in Aberdeen.

Custom House Aberdeen, 6 April 1827? The Executors confirmed to the deceased John Catto, merchant in Aberdeen have transferred by Bill of Sale dated 16 February 1827? two sixty fourth shares to William Catto and two sixty fourth shares to John Catto, Merchants in Aberdeen.

30 March 1827 Completed on certificate.

16 February 1830 - Alexander Matthew, John Lumsden, James Brebner, Alexander Dalgarno, Robert Catto, Alexander Duthie the younger, William Maitland, William Catto and John Catto all of Aberdeen in the County of Aberdeen, merchants, William Reid of the same place, shipbuilder, and William Stewart, Advocate, only accepting Executor of the last will and testament of James Mess, late of the same place, merchant, deceased transferred by Bill of Sale date 15 February 1830 sixty four sixty fourth shares to John Christie of Sunderland near the sea in the County of Durham, Master Mariner.

Despite the inscription on the commemorative rummer glass, which clearly states 'Schooner Ranger lost off Aberdeen, 1st Sept. 1833', contemporary accounts have the vessel stranded on Goodwin Sands in gales.

The Morning Post (London, England), Tuesday, September 03, 1833; Issue 19575
"DEAL, SEPT. 1.- ...FIVE P.M.- Another crew is just landed belonging to
the Ranger, from Caen to Sunderland; the vessels were totally lost, and
I fear, from the severity of the gale, many more have suffered."

The Standard (London, England), Wednesday, September 04, 1833; Issue 1970
"RAMSGATE, SEPT. 2.- ... The Ranger of Sunderland, reported as riding in
a dangerous situation near the Goodwin Sands, is gone to pieces. Crew
saved. Several anchors and chains have been picked up and landed here
today."

The following transcript is from a copy of a letter provided by Susan Enns, independent researcher and relative of John and Barbara CHRISTIE:

'...the vessel proved to be the Ranger, a schooner from Caen to Sunderland in ballast. She was riding with two anchors ahead on the North sand head. A dangerous part of the Goodwin and owing to the incessant shifting of the ballast producing a terrible rolling of the schooner, the boat could not board her but by skilful management and after surmounting many difficulties went under her stern.

Such was the sense of desolation and distress that nothing could exceed the desperate situation of the vessel and nothing was left under providence, but the unshrinking firmness and skill of the boatmen to save the crew from destruction. A rope was speedily thrown from the vessel which secured the vessel to the boat, and afterward by means of a lead line, each of the crew consisting of four men and a boy, was dragged in succession through the waves. The boy cried bitterly before he was plunged into the water.

An accident of peculiar interest, deserves to be recorded hereafter. The boatmen had in vain sought a suitable juncture to board her and had repeatedly passed round the vessel. A seaman on board the schooner held up the boy in his arms, the appeal was irresistible, and the boatmen were resolved to face every danger to preserve the crew. Sept. 1st 1833.'

Shipbuilder
NICOL REID
Dimensions
length 59 5/6' x breadth 18 3/6' x depth 10 9/12'
Registered Tonnage: 84 ton

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