ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
BALLOGIE
Type
STEAMER, CARGO
Date
1879
Description
Steamer
launched: 1879
Broken up: 1930

Yard Number: 214

Owners: James & Alexander Davidson, shipowners, Aberdeen (64 shares)

Construction: Clench built, Iron Frame, 1 deck, 2 masts, schooner rigged, eliptical stern. No figurehead or galleries
1 pair compound inverted direct acting engines built by Hall Russell & Co, Aberdeen.
Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Abdn City Archives)

Lloyds Register of Shipping
Masters:
1880-81 A G McKenzie
1881-83 C Watson
1884 Not in Lloyd's

Renamed: KATE FORSTER (1884); RAGNI (1895); ROBUR (1927); ROBUR I (1928)

Daily Gazette (Middlesborough), 26/12/1879:
Steamer Ballogie, of Aberdeen, while on voyage Rouen - Newcastle, ran down a fishing smack supposed to have belonged to Yarmouth. Feared all 9 hands aboard smack were lost.

Northern Echo, 6/2/1880:
Ballogie, Capt. Mackenzie, of Aberdeen, just arrived to Shields harbour from Carthagena, reports that while between Dudgeon and Outer Dowsing, she ran down a fishing smack, name unknown, one of crew being drowned. (Aberdeen Journal, 7/2/1880 - Smack got clear and proceeded).

Aberdeen Journal, 10&16/4/1880:
Copenhagen, 10 November, Ballogie, British steamer, Crowstadt - Rotterdam, was towed into Copenhagen after grounding. Lost screw divers have found no apparent damage to her bottom. Now awaiting owner's instructions re fixing new screw.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 26/4/1881:
Ballogie, Burntisland - Danzig with coals, is aground at Stoganas in a bad position. Contract has been made with Switzer for assistance.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 26/2/1883 and Glasgow Herald, 16/2/1883:
Ballogie on voyage Algiers - London, calling at Gibralter, laden with lead and esparto grass, went on fire on night of 13 February off Cape St. Vincent. Despite every exertion Capt. Watson and crew were unable to control the flames, which spread from the hold to masts and rigging. Boats were put out and crew left vessel until masts fell, when they returned to fight the fire. Two vessels tried and failed to take Ballogie in tow. Finally, Zad C. British steamer (620 g.t., 1868) picked up crew and towed vessel to Cadiz stern first. Tow rope broke approaching Cadiz. The British Vice Consul's boatswain, throwing himself on a piece of chain hanging from the bows, made fast tow line from steam tug Kitty, which took the burning ship to Puntales, where she was put ashore. Capt. Watson did not leave his ship till the last moment after she had been beached. No agreement made for salvage. Vessel and part of cargo insured. Believed engines are in good condition as captain took precaution of filling engine room with water.

North East Daily Gazette, 6/12/1883:
In Shields harbour, screw steamer Ballogie was hit by a screw steamer Minish, Capt. Stuart, and was considerably damaged.

Sold in January 1884 to Fisher Renwick & Co. Newcastle and renamed KATE FORSTER.

Yorkshire Herald, 4/6/1890:
Kate Forster, steamer of Newcastle, collided in Thames at East Greenwich with barge Mary, striking her amidships. Kate Forster proceeded and Mary lies sunk at Point Wharf.

Glasgow Herald, 14/1/1892:
Glasgow - Barcelona direct - First class steamer Kate Forster will be on loading berth, 14 January.

Glasgow Herland, 11/3/1895:
Gibralter, 9 March, British steamer Kate Forster, which sailed Friday, put back Saturday with feed pipe broken.

Sold in October 1895 to Dampsk. Selsk "Ragni" (E. Lund), Christiania, Norway and renamed RAGNI.

Belfast Newsletter, 25-6/2/1899:
On Norwegian steamer Ragni in the Tyne, Lars Larsen, carpenter acting as night watchman, stabbed Harold Holstadt, chief mate, over the heart, of which he expired in minutes. Chief engineer Gundersen was also stabbed, and stewardess jumped overboard but was rescued. Larsen was arrested and charged with murder of mate and attempted murder of engineer. According to evidence, he had been been spoken to about his conduct during the voyage and had used threatening language to the mate.

In October 1917, taken over by the Shipping Controller, London and placed under British flag.
Returned to Norwegian owners in March 1919.
On 27 January 1923, this vessel was aground at Randers.
Sold in 1926 to E Mortensen, Oslo.
Sold in 1927 to Reder-Och. Transport Akt. Robur, Stockholm and renamed ROBUR.
Sold in 1928 to "Polskarob" Polsko Skandynawskie Towargzystwo Transportowc S A Gydnia, Poland and renamed ROBUR I.
Broken up in 1930.




Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Owner
J & A Davidson, Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 220 7/12' x breadth 29 7/12' x depth 17'
Gross Tonnage: 1004 ton

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