ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
JOHN TAYLOR
Construction
WOOD
Type
SHIP
Date
1851
Description
Rig: SHIP
Type: Sailing
Yard Number: 176
Owner: Taylor and Co.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping:
1852: Owners Taylor and Co. Port belonging to Liverpool. Master W. Hawkins. Destined voyage London-Melbourne.
1855: Master J. Cawkitt.
1958: Destined voyage London-China. Owners and Master as above.
1859: No ref.

Aberdeen Journal, 25/06/1851:
Marriages - Mr. William Hawkins, Commander of the ship 'JOHN TAYLOR' of Liverpool, son of the late Lieutenant George Hawkins, R.N., to Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. John Dennison, Shipowner, Aberdeen.

Belfast Newsletter, 15/10/1851:
Fine new clipper ship 'JOHN TAYLOR' sailed from Liverpool 5 August for Bombay. 31 August she encountered a very heavy and sudden squall. Before there was time to take in a sail she was dismasted, with the exception of the main and mizzen lower masts. One man was killed and three severely inured: the 'ELEANOR THOMPSON' supplied her with spars, sails etc. and on 1st September she was preparing to rig jury masts.

The Argus, Melbourne, 11 September 1852:
Sept. 10 - ship John Taylor, 787 tons, W. Hawkins commander, from London June 12. Names 23 cabin passengers "and 193 in the steerage".
Source: Australian Historic Newspapers Online (http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home)

The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser, N.S.W., 25/9/1852 (quoting Melbourne Argus):
The John Taylor from London arrived last evening with upwards of 200 passengers, all in good health and high spirits for the [gold] diggings, neither births nor deaths occurred which, considering the number, is favourable for the ship. The John Taylor has a small amount of specie on board, about £3000.
Source: Australian Historic Newspapers Online (http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home)

Morning Chronicle, 17/05/1853:
Magnificent Aberdeen-built clipper ship 'JOHN TAYLOR', A1 15 years, J. M. Cawkitt Commander, to sail from Port of London punctually 5 July for Canterbury, Wellington and New Plymouth. The ship will carry an experienced surgeon and, being built expressly for the passenger trade, affords a most desirable opportunity for families emigrating to New Zealand.

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 26/03/1854:
Ship 'JOHN TAYLOR' left Gravesend July 10 with 140 passengers and anchored Canterbury 18 October. Strong contrary winds were experienced until reachng Cape Finiesterre, causing much sea sickness. The Cape was passed on 12 September. On 20 September they had a hurricane from W.S.W., the force of the wind sending the ship's forecastle under in 2 or 3 plunges. The ship behaved nobly, from that time till sighting New Zealand they had strong gales. On arrival at Canterbury Capt. Cawkitt was presented with an address and money to buy piece of plate by the passengers and healths of Capt. and Mrs Cawkitt were proposed. 4 deaths occurred on passage among the children.

Caledonian Mercury, 17/04/1858:
Little hope is now entertained for the safety of the ship 'JOHN TAYLOR', from Shanghai to Liverpool on 16 October 1857.

Liverpool Mercury, 26/10/1858:
Deaths - Captain R. W. Charlesson (eldest son of Lieutenant Charlesson, R.N.) of the ship 'JOHN TAYLOR', supposed to have foundered in a hurricane off the Mauritius on his passage from Shanghai to this port. Last heard of 15 November 1857 passing through the Strait of Suuda.
Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co.
Dimensions
gross tonnage 784 tons

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