ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
SNOWDROP
Construction
WOOD - IRON FRAME
Type
SHIP
Date
1866
Official Number
53252
Description
SHIP 4 years A1
Rig: SCHOONER

1 deck, 2 masts, eliptical stern, schooner rigged, carvel built, no galleries, figurehead demi female. Owner: David Burns, 64 shares.
(source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

1866-68: Master McKenzie: Route Aberdeen - Baltic

13/02/1869, Firth of Forth, Inchkeith Island:
Lost following collision in wind conditions WxS force 5 with another vessel which was bound for Wemyss. The Leith registered steam tug 'PET' took the 'SNOWDROP' in tow, but as they reached the narrows the increasing violence of the wind caused the tug to set the schooner adrift at 5pm, not only in an attempt to save the sailing vessel, but because the 'PET' was running short of fuel. The schooner when went to anchor and was soon in distress, but sea conditions prevented any assistance beng rendered. The schooner's lights were last seen at about 7pm, when it is supposed she foundered with all hands due to the stress of the weather. Next day the tops of her masts showed above the surface, and the ships boat was found and towed to Crail.
Shipbuilder
David Burns, Aberdeen
Shipowner
David Burns, Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 88' x breadth 22.5' x depth 11'
gross tonnage 141 tons

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