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Collier Mazeppa

Collier Mazeppa

Alongside the Cowpen Coal Company staiths - River Blyth. Don't know much about this vessel at all.

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This may be very very old indeed. There is a MAZEPPA in the Miramar Ship Index built in 1872 (Palmers, Jarrow, 1231 tons). I must say the rear part of the vessel and the lack of crosstrees on the masts do tend to suggest an old vessel. The bow section looks a lot more modern but I wouldn't read too much into that. It could easily have been rebuilt after war - or other - damage.

I bet someone else will solve this one very quickly.

Cheers, Geoff
 

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According to MacRae & Waine, (The Steam Collier Fleets), there was a Mazeppa built 1872 that belonged originally to John Fenwick, and was bought in the 1890s by Renwick, Wilton & Co. And was wrecked on Flamborough head in May 1908 on a voyage from Tyne to Dartmouth with a cargo of coal. (They have her at 1164t).
Leafing through this book, and studying others built around the same time, I find nothing too modern about the bow. -It may be that a list to port, and or imperfect lenses, makes it falsely seem like the stem is other than perfectly plumb. The stock anchors, the doublings on her masts and the whaleback sides to her house I find consistent with 1872 as year built. So I think Geoff found her. Regards, Stein.
 

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