Official Number

Launched in March 1876
Registered at Aberdeen 3 May 1876

Description: 1 deck, 3 masts, ship rigged, elliptical stern, clench built, fiddle figurehead.
(Source: Aberdeen Shipping Register (Aberdeen City Archives))

1877: R. Master Kemball
1883-85: Master Smith
1894: Master until wrecked Capt. W. T. Poppy

Initial owners William Henderson, shipowner, Aberdeen (8 shares); William Henderson, Cornelius Thompson and Stephen Thompson, 24 Leadenhall Street, London (jointly 40 shares), James Buyers, shipowner, Aberdeen (4 shares) Isaac Merchant, shipmaster, 24 Leadenhall Street, London (4 shares); George Hawkins Pile, shipmaster, Dublin (4 shares); John Hood, shipowner, Bristol (4 shares).
28th June 1876 Henderson sold 8 shares to Robert Kemball, shipmaster, Bow
21st September 1877 Death of Stephen Thompson, 40 shares now jointly owned by William Henderson and Cornelius Thompson.
19th June 1878 - on death of George Pile his 4 shares go to Thomas Pile, merchant, Sandymount, and William Mervin Lawrence, toy manufacturer, Dublin (jointly).
27th June 1878 - Pile and Lawrence 4 shares to William Henderson and Cornelius Thompson.
3rd January 1879 - W. Henderson and C. Thompson 8 shares to George Thompson youngest, Binghill, Aberdeenshire, shipowner. 32 shares now W. Henderson, C. Thompson, Stephen Thompson and George Thompson Henderson (jointly).
24th April 1888 - after death of Kemball 8 shares to his widow Mary Jane Kemball, Bridport, Dorset.

This vessel was well known as a clipper on the Australia trade carrying cargo and passengers and was the flagship of the Aberdeen White Star Line.

On her maiden voyage she sailed from London to Port Phillip, Australia in 74 days and once made 320 miles in 24 hours.

28th May 1903 Left Caleta Buena, Chile for San Francisco with a cargo of nitrate and soda and, despite searches, was never heard of again.

The Colonial Clippers, Basil Lubbock, p.231:
States that when the Aberdeen Line sold off their clippers, as a result of Lloyd's raising the insurance rates for sailing ships, ARISTIDES was retained and became their last sailer, but the SALAMIS, PERICLES and STRATHDON all outlived her in the fleet.

Daily News, 03/07/1885:
Capt. Kemball of the ship ARISTIDES, which sailed from Melbourne 16th February for London and arrived 31 May, reports having seen the ship NORTH AMERICAN, now missing, on 27 Feb Lat. 45.52S, Long. 16S.32E [S.E. of Fiji]. Spoke her with flags - all well.

Pall Mall Gazette, 25/04/1887:
The Aberdeen Line - passage to Australia. The favourite clipper ship ARISTIDES will be despatched from E. India Docks, London, 5 May, taking saloon passengers to Melbourne and at through rates to other Australian ports. A surgeon will be carried. Particulars from owners, George Thompson & Co., 24 Leadenhall St., EC.

Liverpool Mercury, 25/03/1890:
Dover - ARISTIDES, ship, from Sydney for London, in tow of ANGLIA, tug.

Sydney Morning Herald, 4/8/1890:
One of George Thompson's splendid Aberdeen white star ships, the ARISTIDES, arrived Sydney from London in capital order after voyage of 87 days from start point (Devon) or 89 days from London docks. Commander, as on previous voyages, was Capt. T. F. Spurling, who reports an uneventful voyage and general good health among the 8 passengers.

Sydney Mail, 22/8/1891:
Capt. Allen, who has succeeded Capt. Spurling, reports having left East India docks 14 May and start point 18 May. Passage from London to equator was 31 days, 23 days from equator to the Cape and 17 days from Cape to Meridian of Cape Leuwin 17 days (71 days so far), followed by 20 days of easterly winds, calms and light airs before reaching Sydney. 20 days on the Australian coast is too long for a ship like the ARISTIDES, but in the absence of a screen, even one of George Thompson's Aberdeen built white star flyers cannot defy a head wind or laugh at a calm.

Newcastle Morning Herald, 14/10/1893:
Ship ARISTIDES was towed up to Newcastle harbour under command of Capt. Allen to take cargo of coal to San Francisco.

Glasgow Herald, 29/11/1895:
French barque TERRE NEUVE abandoned at sea Long. 76E [Indian Ocean]. All on board saved and brought to Sydney by British ship ARISTIDES.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 06/04/1896:
Aberdeen Line ship ARISTIDES, Master Poppy, left Sydney for London previous to 4 April.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 12/07/1897:
ARISTIDES, ship, Poppy Master, passed Prawles Point [Devon] 24 June from London for Sydney.

Sydney Evening News, 22/9/1897:
Well known clipper ship ARISTIDES arrived Sydney yesterday under command of Capt. Poppy, after another successful voyage from London. The good name which ARISTIDES holds among shippers and others she still carries. Left London 17 June, the Downs 20 June, start point 23 June, Meridian of the Cape 17 August, Cape Leuwin 8 Sept, Cape Otway 14 Sept. Ship was taken in tow by tug CHAMPION off Jervis Bay.

Newcastle Morning Herald, 29/9/1897:
ARISTIDES, now discharging general cargo at Sydney from London, has been chartered to load coal here for the west coast [USA].

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 19/10/1897:
ARISTIDES, ship, Poppy Master, left Newcastle, New South Wales, 18 October for San Francisco.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 24/02/1898:
ARISTIDES, ship, Poppy Master, 30 January at Talcanhuano [Peru] from Carrigal.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 04/04/1898:
Left Talcanhuano for U.K. 12 March.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 16/09/1898:
Left London for Sydney 9 Sept. (Poppy Master).

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 24/02/1899:
ARISTIDES left Sydney 2 Feb. for London.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 03/06/1899:
ARISTIDES passed Dover 13 May.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 15/03/1900:
ARISTIDES, Poppy Master, left San Francisco 6 March.

Daily Commercial News (Sydney), 28/2/1901:
ARISTIDES, which sailed from Newcastle for London, not only carried largest cargo of wool despatched from that port by sailing ship, but also largest cargo of wool yet stowed in the vessel's hold. 8790 bales wool + 500 tons ore (although built for the wool trade 20,000 years ago).

Sydney Evening News, 9/12/1901:
ARISTIDES reported 8 Dec. 30 miles NE of Montague Island - 103 days out, London-Sydney, all well.

Sydney Morning Herald, 29/12/1902:
ARISTIDES (Capt. Poppy) passed Jervis Bay yesterday, 83 days out London-Sydney.

Sydney Mail, 4/11/1903:
Reason to fear ARISTIDES, Capt. W. T. Poppy, has been lost at sea with all hands. She left Caleto Beuno 26 May for San Francisco and has not been heard of. After landing general cargo at Sydney last year, she took coal from Newcastle to Puerto Bueno and left there with nitrates for San Francisco. Capt. Poppy spent the principal part of his life on the Aberdeen line clippers. In ARISTIDES he gallantly rescued crew of French barque TERRE NEUVE, which was met in a sinking condition in the southern ocean and landed the shipwrecked crew at Sydney. Capt. Poppy has a wife and family in England. The chief officer, Mr Le Fairre, was previous to joining ARISTIDES for the present voyage, for many years in the Union Steamship Co. and has a wife and family residing at Balmain.

Newcastle Morning Herald, 4/1/1904:
Report from San Francisco - loss of cargo of nitrates carried by missing British ship ARISTIDES has been paid by underwriters. She sailed from Caleta Bueno, Chile, for San Francisco soon after the great hurricane raged on the Chilean coast and has not since been heard from. She was one of the fastest sailing ships afloat.
Aberdeen White Star Line (George Thompson & Co)
length 261' x breadth 39' x depth 24'
gross tonnage 1721 ton

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