ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
VOLANT
Construction
WOOD
Type
SCREW STEAMER
Date
1873
Official Number
65091
Description
Date of Build/Launch: January 1873
Owner 1875: Robert Thomson, London

Aberdeen Register of Ships (Aberdeen City Archives):
Registered Aberdeen 07/02/1873. 1 deck, 2 masts, schooner rig, wood framework.
Engines: 2 diagonal surface condensing by Presslie & Leys, Aberdeen. 40H.P.
Original Owners: Richard Connon, Shipowner (20 shares); Alexander Rhind Dyer, Shipowner (20); John Humphrey, Shipbuilder (24) - All Aberdeen.
01/10/1875: Richard Connon 20 shares and John Humphrey 24 shares to Robert Thomson, London, Shipowner.
19/10/1875: On death of Alexander Rhind Dyer 14/06/1875 his 20 shares sold to Robert Thomson, London.
23/10/1875: Registry transferred to London this day.

Lloyd's Register:
1873-4: Owners J. Humphrey & Co. Destined voyage Aberdeen-Coaster. Master Brands.
1874-5, 1875-6: As 1873-4.
1876-7: Owner A. N. Reed; Master May; Port belonging to London.
1877-8, 1878-9, 1880-1, 1881-2: Owners blank; Port belonging to Spain.
1882-3: No reference.

Liverpool Mercury, 17/11/1873:
The inspection of the suspected vessels in Aberdeen Harbour by the Board of Trade Surveyor is proceeding. The steamer VOLANT, belonging to Messrs. Richard Connon & Co. has been acquitted. [Concerns about construction or stability or overloading?]

Ipswich Journal, 25/01/1876:
Aldeburgh Petty Sessions - John West, fireman on board the screw steamer VOLANT, was brought up for refusing to continue his voyage from the Alde River to London. Captain William George May said "I am the Captain of the screw steamer VOLANT and West was fireman aboard the vessel. On Monday 17th I ordered him to work and he refused, he wanted his discharge. I refused to discharge him as he had signed articles for London". - Alexander, the chief engineer, corroborated the satement of the captain. The defendent said "I shipped in London to go foreign and I considered when I came here and the cargo (rye) was discharged that the voyage was ended". Magristrates were of opinion he was entitled to his discharge and dismissed the case.
Shipbuilder
HUMPHREY
Shipowner
HUMPHREY
Dimensions
length 118' x breadth 20.2' x depth 10'
Registered Tonnage: 160 ton

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