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Keywords: JOHN DUTHIE
Source of Image, If not your own: Australian National Museum
Location photo was taken: Sydney
Date photo was taken: 1867
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stein
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Wed, 5 February 20 01:44

Many lifeboats, and a long quarterdeck with a fine-meshed railing around it, shows this ship to be carrying passengers in addition to dry cargo. Something that most British ships on the Australia run may have done. But few of them would be sporting skysails above royals on every mast. I wonder how you got up there to handle those. There is obviously nothing that spreads any shrouds that may reach that high (and I remember from climbing merely to the royals, on the far from lofty Norwegian school ships, having a bit of trouble retracting my feet from the narrow openings between the last piece of ratlined shrouds.) Perhaps there were ratlines on a couple of backstays abaft the masts. Anyway, being a bit cynical one could suspect that those handkerchiefs that could be set uppermost here were mainly advertising promising a fast passage - and not actually set that often.

Having the upper topsail yards half hoisted in port, as here, was considered smart by some skippers. Probably those not yet used to double topsails, and those "damn pig ears" clews on the yardarms that came with the division. She was built by John Duthie, Sons & Co at Aberdeen in 1864, and did produce some good passages. Like Frisco to Liverpool, 122 days out in 1873. Then beating such cracks as McCay's Glory of the Seas, that left three days earlier, and arrived three days later.
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