ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
WOOLOOMOOLOO
Construction
WOOD
Type
CLIPPER
Date
1852
Official Number
6868
Description
Rig: SHIP (1852-58 and from 1859); BARQUE (1858-59)

Aberdeen Register of Ships (Aberdeen City Archives):
Registered 27 September 1852.
2 decks and half poopdeck and forecastle, 3 masts, standing bowsprit, female figurehead, Master Charles Stuart.
Subscribing Owners: George Thompson Jr., Shipowner (32/64 shares); Charles Stuart, Shipmaster (16); James Buyers, Shipowner (8); all Aberdeen.
Other Owners: Walter Hood, Shipbuilder (4); Alexander Matthew, Shipowner (4).

Lloyd's Register:
1853: Destined voyage Aberdeen-Port Philipheads, Victoria, Australia.
1859: Master R. Ross; Destined voyage London-Australia.
1863: Master R. Ross; Destined voyage London-Australia.
1865-66: Master Healing.
1868-69, Master John Stewart (died on return to Tilbury after round trip to Australia)
1869-70: Destined voyage London-Australia, Master A. Donald.
1870-71: Owner H. Ganson; Port belonging to Aberdeen; Destined voyage London-Australia; Master Anderson.
1875-76: Owners W. Jamieson & Co.; Port belonging to London; Master W. May.
1877-78: Owners J. Jamieson (sold to G. Jones); Port belonging to London (transferred to Aberdeen); Master W. May (replaced by J. Whyte).
1880-81: Owner G. Jones; Port belonging to Aberdeen; Master J. Whyte.
1881-82 to 1886-87: Port belonging to Spain; (owner blank)
1887-88: No reference.

Daily News, 27/10/1852:
Australian line of packets - for Sydney direct the splendid new Aberdeen clipper built ship WOOLOOMOOLOO, Charles Stewart Commander, now loading London Docks. This fine ship is expected to be one of the fastest in the Australian trade and has handsome accommodations for cabin passengers.

The Courier, Hobart, 2/3/1853, Quoting Sydney Herald, 19/2/1853:
The WOOLOOMOOLOO - this beautiful clipper built vessel arrived yesterday after an excellent run of 87 days from Portsmouth. She is commanded by Captain Stuart, late of Prince of Wales, a gentleman well known in the Sydney trade... [She] sails remarkably fast, having been only 56 days from the line. She encountered very severe weather in the channel... but this her maiden voyage proves her to be all that could be wished... has on board £63,000 in specie for the various banks [during Australian Gold Rush].
(Source: Historic Australian Newspapers Online (http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home))

Morning Chronicle, 16/06/1855:
The ship WOOLOOMOOLOO from Sydney, which sustained considerable damage off Dungeness in a collision with the FALCON (S.S.) for Cork, is having her upper works, bulwarks, etc. repaired in the London Docks.

Aberdeen Journal, 05/04/1865:
Off Portland 30 March - ship WOOLOOMOOLOO from Sydney for London.

Lubbock, "The Colonial Clippers":
Wrecked 1885.

Had Spanish owners when wrecked.
Shipbuilder
HOOD
Shipowner
Aberdeen White Star Line (George Thompson & Co)
Dimensions
length 155' x breadth 26 5/6' x depth 19 1/6'
Registered Tonnage: 627ton
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