ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
ABERGELDIE
Construction
WOOD
Type
SHIP
Date
1851
Description
Rig: SHIP
Owner: G. Leslie & Son
Lost Gaspar Strait 17 June 1854

Aberdeen Register of Ships (Aberdeen City Archives):
Registered 25 February 1851. One and a poop deck; Standing bowsprit; Male figurehead (Prince Albert in Highland Dress); Master Lewis Wilson.
Subscribing Owners: George Leslie, Shipowner, Aberdeen (64 shares).
2 Oct 1851: George Leslie 64 shares by way of mortgage to James Westland, Manager of North of Scotland Banking Co.
1 May 1852: George Brock endorsed Master in London in place of Lewis Wilson, Late Master.
27 Nov 1854: Certificate delivered up and cancelled, vessel having been lost.

Lloyd's Register:
1852: Destined voyage Aberdeen-China.

Source: MacGregor "The Tea Clippers":
On maiden voyage took remarkably short time of 24 days Woosung-Mauritius (London 104 days). FInished her short life 1854 when she struck a reef on 17 June, 1½ miles off north end of Pulo Leal, Gaspar Strait and was abandoned following day.

Daily News [London], 06/04/1852:
For Shanghai direct, to sail 25 April, the splendid Aberdeen clipper built ship ABERGELDIE, loading in West India Docks. The ship passed the Mauritius in 25 days and arrived off the Western Islands in 81 days from Shanghai. Has excellent accommodation for passengers. For freight or passage apply W. O. Young, Cornhill.

Aberdeen Journal, 19/10/1853:
The Aberdeen-built clipper ship ABERGELDIE'S passage of 97 days from land to land appears to rank among the good passages from England of the present season. [Report copied from "Friend of China", 10 Aug. 1853]. ABERGELDIE passed Start Point [Devon] 3 May, Madeira 12 May, Equator 24 June in Meridian of the Cape of Good Hope, St. Paul Island [Indian Ocean] 8 July, Java Head 24 July, sent letters onshore to Hong Kong 10 Aug.

Aberdeen Journal, 30/08/1854:
'The Abergeldie of Aberdeen, a clipper ship, was lost in the China Seas in very bad weather. The crew were said to have been saved.'

Glasgow Herald, 04/09/1854:
ABERGELDIE, Capt. Brock, which foundered in Gaspar Straits 17 June, was bound for Hong Kong. She left London 5 March with cargo of lead, sheathing copper and Manchester goods. On 17 June as evening was setting in, with a slight breeze abeam, she struck on a reef about 1½ miles off north end of Pulo Leal in Gaspar Seas and hung, making water. Soundings abaft gave 3½ fathoms, amidships 2 fathoms. The whole of the chain cables and some of cargo were hoisted out of forehold and taken right aft. with hope of lightening ship forward sufficiently to allow her to slip off. But all efforts were unavailing and on sounding the well six feet of water was found and it was evident nothing could be done to save the ship. The boats were got out and the next day the crew abandoned ship and were picked up by the EUPHRATES, for Bombay. They were afterwards transferred to the CHALLENGER, 111 days from England, which landed them at Hong Kong 3 July.



Shipbuilder
Walter Hood and Co
Dimensions
length 153' x breadth 26 3/12' x depth 19 3/12'
gross tonnage 600 ton
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