Official Number
Launched July 1872

Registered at Sydney 1873 port number 10, master J. E. Payne (certificate number 29517).
1874: Owners Fraser & Co. (J. Frazer & J. Ewan);

1885-86: Register of Australian & New Zealand Shipping, owner listed as J. Ewan.
1893-94: Register of Australian & New Zealand Shipping, owner listed as Joseph Vos & Edward Stanley Ebsworth.
1895-95: Register of Australian & New Zealand Shipping, owner listed as Edward Stanley Ebsworth.
1896-97: Register of Australian & New Zealand Shipping, owner listed as Thomas A. Fry & Robert S. Lamb
1898-99: Register of Australian & New Zealand Shipping, listed as coal storage hulk, owner listed as Union Steam Ship Co. of NZ Ltd. Registered at Dunedin, 1897. 1922-23: Register states 'converted into hulk 1914'.

Last owned by the Union Steam Shipping Company of New Zealand, used as a hulk in Wellington Harbour. Deliberately burnt at Ward Island, in the Wellington Harbour on 24 May 1939.

Figurehead now displayed at the New Zealand National Maritime Museum, Auckland. See 'Useful Links' page.

A pencil sketch of this ship is held in the Australian National Library collection.

Sydney Empire, 02/04/1873:
Barque WILLIAM MANSON from Mauritius released from quarantine yesterday.

Maitland Mercury, 07/05/1874:
WILLIAM MANSON from Calcutta for Sydney has passed Cape Otway.

Sydney Morning Herald, 27/05/1874:
Clearance 26 May - WILLIAM MANSON, Capt. Paine, for Foo Chow.

Sydney Morning Herald, 10/10/1878:
WILLIAM MANSON, Bedwood, arrived 1 Oct. from Foochow.

Australian Town & Country Journal, 31/07/1880:
WILLIAM MANSON with full cargo of late teas left Hong Kong 22 July for Sydney direct.

Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), 16/10/1880:
WILLIAM MANSON from Foo Chow encountered a typhoon in the China Sea in August and at one time was on her beam ends, having been struck by a terrific squall.

Sydney Morning Herald, 04/11/1880:
WILLIAM MANSON, Capt. H. Kindred, cleared 3 Nov. for Shanghai.

Sydney Morning Herald, 23/05/1893:
Barque WILLIAM MANSON has been laid on for Port Natal, South Africa. Messrs Burns, Philip & Co are despatching her with passengers should sufficient inducement offer. Route is via Torres Straits [between Queensland and New Guinea], thus avoiding cold weather along Southern latitudes. The vessel comes out of dock this morning.

Sydney Morning Herald, 09/03/1894:
WILLIAM MANSON has arrived Brisbane from a labour cruise after being much overdue. She has 85 recruits aboard from the Solomon Islands. Capt. Joseph Vos, in a wire to Mrs. Vos, says "arrived after fearful weather. Vessel was caught in hurricanes that have lately caused several wrecks".

Sydney Morning Herald, 16/08/1894:
Capt. Joseph Vos reports from Gila, Solomon Islands, 30 June - "We left Brisbane 26 April with 191 returning islanders, 162 for Solomon Group and balance New Hebrides. Will probably remain another week in Solomons and then proceed to New Hebrides and to Brisbane. The recruits are for Mackay, the largest order ever given to one ship (196), would like to get a full complement, but may have to be satisfied with less. Expect to be about 5 months over the trip. All well on board. Last week had hard blows and heavy rain squalls.

Adelaide Advertister, 23/11/1894:
Capt. Vos of labour barque WILLIAM MANSON was to have appeared at Sydney Police Court on charge of kidnapping Kanakas, but had surrendered himself to Brisbane Police.

Australian Town & Country Journal, 01/12/1894:
Sensational development in kidnapping case on barque WILLIAM MANSON, opened Brisbane Police Court. Frederick Nash, one of accused, turned Queen's evidence and testified that at Malayta the chief and 2 men, assisted by some of the crew, transferred 3 natives by force to a boat. A 4th escaped. While boys could jump overboard and swim ashore, some of returned labourers were so afraid of the shore tribe at Malayta that they re-engaged.

Sydney Morning Herald, 28/05/1896:
WILLIAM MANSON departed for Auckland, New Zealand.

Hobart Mercury, 22/02/1897:
WILLIAM MANSON grounded at Nelson [New Zealand]. After floating off she made so much water she had to be beached.

Sydney Morning Herald, 05/03/1897:
Auckland, New Zealand - inquiry into stranding of barque WILLIAM MANSON near Nelson 17 Feb. Found Master and Officers were in no way to blame, but that pilot Cox made error of judgement.

Sydney Morning Herald, 23/04/1897:
Barque WILLIAM MANSON has been towed to Wellington, N.Z., and will be repaired there at considerable cost. Captain Fry says he hopes to leave Wellington with the ship to all intents and purposes as good as new, fit to carry any kind of cargo to any part of the world.

length 147' 7" x breadth 27' 4" x depth 15' 7"
tonnage 366 tons

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