ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
FALCON
Construction
WOOD with Cedar
Type
SHIP/BRIG
Date
1836
Description
Certificate issued 4 February 1836

Type: Brigantine

1 Deck, 2 Masts, Standing Bowsprit, Square Sterned, Carvel Built, 2 Galleries, Falcon Figurehead

Owners:
1836/1841: Alexander Milne, Shipowner
1843/1846: possibly George Thomson Jr, Nathaniel Farquhar Advocate & John Milne Farmer

Subscribing Owners, 1846: George Spark, merchant, Aberdeen, 48 shares; William Milne, flesher, Aberdeen, 16 shares.

Alternative Source:
Owned in 1837 by Alexander Milne, shipowner.
Owned in 1837 by George Thompson Junior, Nathaniel Farquhar, advocate and John Milne, farmer.

Masters:
1839: A Guthrie
1840/1841: J Roberts
1843/1845: J Dunlop
1846: Cadenhead
1847/1851: A Smith

Route:
1839: Aberdeen / London
1840/1841: London / Aberdeen
1843/1846: Aberdeen / Coastal Trade
1847: Aberdeen / Rotterdam
1849/1851: Aberdeen / Baltic

Lloyds Classification A1
1847 AE1 Second Description of 1st Class

Vessel totally lost at Holy Island, 26 September 1851. The whole crew perished and the ship's register lost.
(Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

"The wooden brig FALCON of Aberdeen, owner Spark & Co., foundered and lost in wind conditions NE Force 10, on the 26th September 1851 at Emanuel Head, Bamburgh, Holy Island. Cargo wheat, all 9 crew perished."
(Source: Shipwreck Index of the British Isles, R&B Larn)

Aberdeen Journal, 01/10/1851:
Brig Falcon, Captain Alex. Smith, of Aberdeen, laden with wheat from Stettin to Grangemouth on Friday last at noon was wrecked on Holy Island during severe gale of wind from N.E. with rain and thick weather, which set in suddenly previous day and brought on a very heavy sea. Sad to tell, every soul on board, in all 8 persons, perished. The body of the master, identified by the initials "A.S." on his hand, washed ashore, had on it £11 in silver and gold, together with a gold watch. 5 of the crew belonged to Aberdeen, namely Capt. Smith, the Mate (Penny), a seaman, brother of Capt. Smith and two lads apprentices.
Shipbuilder
DUTHIE
Owner
George Thompson Junior and William Falconer, shipmaster and master of vessel.
Dimensions
length 70' 0" x breadth 19' 1/10 x depth 12' 6/10
gross tonnage 131 2517/3500 tons

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