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Southern Cross

A three-masted barquentine, built in 1891 in Essex as a steam yacht.
Lost in a fire and explosion in Bass Strait (Sept. 10, 1920)
She was used in South Seas as a missionary boat and later to trade between Tamania and Melbourne.

This is all, I know about her. Are there any people who can add more in

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According to Wikipedia: "Southern Cross No. 4. British Registry Official Number 98988. Three-masted schooner (sic). Foremast, square rigged; main and mizzen, fore-and-aft rig. 240 tons, with auxiliary steam. In service for the Melanesian Mission from 1892 to 1902. Built in Wivenhoe, Essex, England by Forrest & Sons in 1891. Cost about £9,000; contributed by Bishop John Richardson Selwyn and others. When this vessel was sold its engine was removed and it operated as a cargo vessel around Australia and New Zealand until being lost with all hands off King Island, Tasmania in 1920."

Though carrying nothing above topgallant on the fore, I'd still agree with you and call her a barquentine.
 

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Was she not the ship used by Carsten Borchgrevink in his 1898 expedition to Antarctica, where he wintered on Cape Adare: the first wintering on the continent.
 

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No, that was another type of ship: http://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/History/antarctic_whos_who_southern_cross.htm Lots of ships were named Southern Cross, Borchgrevink's was the former Norwegian whaler Pollux: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Southern_Cross_(1886)
 

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