Official Number
Yard Number: 245
Date of Build/Launch: November 1865

Construction: Composite (iron frame planks)

Cost £13,120

Hall's last ship for tea trade

Port of Registry - London
1866-7: Master S. J. Jones; London-China; Surveyed November 1867
1868-9: London-Australia. Surveyed May 1870
1871-2: London-Japan. Surveyed July 1872
1873-4: Master S. J. Asals. Surveyed November 1874

"Clipper Ship Era" by Clark, p324-5:
1865 - ADA and 8 other clippers were to take part in famous tea race from Foo-Chow but failed to load in time.

Aberdeen Journal, 22/11/1865:
From Aberdeen to sail 1st December for Hong Kong and Foo-Choo-Foo, magnificent clipper ship ADA, A1 13 years, John Jones Commander. This splendid vessel, just launched at Aberdeen and built especially for the China trade, is confidently recommended to shippers. For freight or passage apply John Jamieson, 56 Marischal St.

Melbourne Argus, 27/2/1868:
A pilot board enquiry into the grounding of ship ADA on 20 Feb. John Jones, master of ship ADA, 686 tons, bound London-Melbourne, deponed pilot Ridley took charge about 3.30 or 4 outside the heads. We passed west channel lighthouse about 5.30 or 6 and were near Cellibrand lightship about 8, with all sails clued up, ready for anchoring. We passed lighthouse at speed of about 4 knots, pilot being on forecastle. Lead was not going when pilot gave orders to starboard and, vessel not answering; this was 1st intimation of her being on the ground. Hove lead amidships - 17ft water, ship drawing 16'9". I requested Mr. Ridley to procure a steam tug, which he did about 9 o'clock. Tug MYSTERY got to work about 10, but did not succeed up to 11. Ship was aground between beacon buoy and St. Kilda bank. At 11 got assistance of another steamer, REOLUTE - no success on port quarter, but when shifted to other quarter succeeded in about an hour to get vessel off bank, and ADA was brought into the bay. Pilot was perfectly sober and attentive all the time, but I do not think captain of MYSTERY paid proper attention to his orders. Mr Ridley called out several times to him to try to move to southward, but no attention was paid to him. Pilot board found grounding of ADA took place from want of proper vigilance on part of pilot Ridley and the non heaving of the lead, for which culpable negligence board suspended hi license for 3 months.

Builder's List:
Owner John Wade.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping:
1878-79: Owner J. Wade; Master J. G. Douglas; barque; port of survey Sourabaya (Java).

1878: Stranded on 11 December near Chefoo, China bound from Swatow, China in ballast with a crew of 16.
A. HALL & Co.
John Wade
length 182.3' x breadth 30.2' x depth 18.2'
gross tonnage 686 tons

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