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ALM

Barque ALM
Class: A1
Shipping company: Marcussen, Jens, Lyngør/Risør
Nationality: Norway
Home port: Lyngør

Shipyard
Name: Friisø storverft af A. H. Friisø, Norway
Build year: 1894
Gross tonnage: 740
Net tonnage: 692

Dimensions
Length: 161'
Beam: 34,8'
Draft: 18,4'

History:
1914 sold to Sweden

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What is that rod from up somewhere tearing up her fore lower topsail? Why is her royal mast hanging down before it? What is that crane - if that is what it is - doing behind the foremast? Why is her anchor chain seemingly fastened onto something on the wharf? Why is the battened fore shrouds twisted? Is that collision damage seawards on the hull? Why is her bow port open? Where did her (retractable) jibboom go? Is this some kind of freak accident?
 

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The following cable received from Arendal on 27th December 1909 may pertain to this photo: "The Norwegian barque ALM, from Newcastle with wallbricks, coal and cokes destined for Java sprang a leak and entered the Raevesandefjord and must probably be discharged prior to repairs". Source: Dutch newspaper Algemeen Handelsblad of 31st December 1909.
 

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Yes, the crane forcing her way between shrouds and mast supports the idea that the newspaper report describes what has happened to her here. I misunderstood one thing, I thought that thin rod going through her fore lower topsail was fastened to something ashore, and so that whatever had happened had happened where she was now. That might be considered a silly thought, but can anyone tell me what that thin, evenly thick, rod is, and how it came to be stuck where it now is? I cannot think of a single function where it could be found handy.
 

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