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The ILLAWARRA in bad weather'
Built in 1881 at Glasgow She was sold to a Norwegian owner N.A. Lyderson Tvedestrand in June 1907, she was abandoned at sea in 1912.
· Date: Sun, 21 October 07 · Views: 456
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Registered: November 2006
Location: Norway
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Mon, 22 October 07 03:40

Illawarra was built for Devitt & Moore by Dobie & Co, Glasgow of 1887 tons and launched in October 1881. She carried passengers and cargo to Australia, but did not always load wool home, rather went across to California to load wheat. In 1899 she became a cadet ship, carrying cadets and their instructors, but in 1907 the company found she had become too small for this purpose, and they sold her to N. A. Lydersen of Tvedestrand in Norway.
She left Leith on the Firth of Forth on February 12th 1912, bound for Valparaiso, but on march 5th she was found on her beam ends in 50 51' N, 12 51' W by the steamer Manchester Mariner, who took off her crew. (They were later transferred to the steamer Bangore Head (or Bengoore Head), who in some books are credited with the rescue).
Nearest in the picture is the mainmast with the chains of the main lower topsail sheets in front, and the pump-flywheels aft, inside the horseshoe-formed pinrail around the mast. This pinrail is for some reason not big enough for all that should be belayed on it, and there's been made additions to it, just outside and aft; something I've never seen before. Must have been that the house we are seeing, placed where the apprentices usually were housed, were jammed up too near the mast for the usual length of the pinrail to be possible. On top of this house can be seen the standard compass and the fire buckets. Here's a picture of the ship, without this house, but with a charthouse not observable here, and the aft boats seemingly placed further forward:LINK The same differences can be observed in the two pictures facing page 301 in Lubbock's "The Colonial Clippers", which must make one ask whether the picture above really shows the Illawarra. Regards, Stein
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David Davies

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Mon, 22 October 07 05:28

This photo to me epitomizes what sailoring was all about " The Cape Horn Breed ". Cold, wet, hungry, with shivering limbs and numbed lifeless hands but somehow you did the job. Growl you may, but go you must. Only experienced in sail and in my case only in the North Sea. Thank you Dick resurrecting the memory
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