ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
THE OAK
Construction
WOOD
Type
SCHOONER
Date
1857
Official Number
15791
Description
Rig: SCHOONER
Yard Number: 208
Owner: Robert Johnston, Aberdeen

Builder's List:
Contract £4,038.

Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives):
Registered 30/03/1857, 1 deck, 2 masts.
Original Owner: Robert Johnston, Aberdeen, Shipowner (64/64).
02/02/1863: Robert Johnston empowering James William Mackenzie Taylor, Master of IVANHOE, to sell the ship for a sum not less than £3,500 in any port out of the UK within 9 months.
21/12/1867: Vessel was sold at Melbourne, Australia within the prescribed period (1863) - does not know whether the vessel is still in existence. Aberdeen Registry closed and transferred to Melbourne.

Description:
1 deck, 2 masts, schooner rig, round stern, carvel built, no galleries, a fish figurhead.

Lloyd's Register of Shipping:
1861: Owner Johnston; Master G. Spence; Destined Voyage London.
1865-66, 1867-68, 1868-69, 1869-70: Master W. Conn; Destined Voyage Dundee - Australia.
1870-71: No reference.

Aberdeen Journal, 08/04/1857:
Launch - on Thursday Messrs Hall turned out a schooner named "THE OAK", 155 tons Custom House Register. "THE OAK" belongs to our Townsman Mr. R. Johnston, is designed for the coasting trade and is a neat craft.

Glasgow Herald, 04/02/1859:
Deal, Jan. 31 - the schooner "OAK" of Aberdeen arrived in the downs this morning from Northward, is bound for Plymouth and has lost an anchor and part of chain.

Aberdeen Journal, 28/08/1861:
The schooner "OAK" left this port on Monday direct for Natal. Taking 8 passengers and a general cargo.

Glasgow Herald, 17/10/1863:
Melbourne, August 25 - the schooner "OAK" of Aberdeen, from Newcastle N.S.W. with coals, has been ashore in this port.
Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co., Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 105.7' x breadth 26.1' x depth 9.4'
gross tonnage 155 tons
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