ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
DOUGLAS
Construction
IRON
Type
STEAMER
Date
1866
Official Number
53246
Description
Yard Number: 244
Iron screw steamer, barque rigged.

Description: 2 decks, 3 masts, barque rig, round stern, clencher built, no galleries, shield figurehead. Length of engine room 17ft, 2 engines, 160 horsepower.
(Source: Aberdeen Shipping Registers (Aberdeen City Archives))

Initial owner Robert Ellis Baker, London, master mariner. 26th January 1867 sold all 64 shares to Douglas Lapraik, 126 Piccadilly, London, merchant.

1st August 1872 registration cancelled, vessel wrecked near Swatow, China.

Dundee Courier, 15/2/1866:
Screw steamer DOUGLAS, just finished for Captain R. E. Baker by Messrs Hall Russell & Co. and intended for trading in the China seas, was on Tuesday put on her final trail trip. She is propelled by 2 direct acting inverted engines of effective horsepower 700. Vessel left our docks at 10:30am under the special command of Captain Campbell, harbour master, having on board several nautical gentlemen, including Captain Baker, Captains Duthie, Urquhart and Main, Mr. J.C. Couper, Mr William Hall, Mr Russell, engineer, etc. She proceeded to sea, where a heavy groundswell awaited her, through which she passed in gallant style, not only proving the efficiency of the engines, but also the capabilities of the ship as a sea boat. The vessel's head was turned northwards to the bottom of our bay & on coming south she ran the measured mile in 4 mins. 25 sec., an average of 12 and 1/2 knots an hour. On going south of the harbour, and on returning along the land, speed was proved to be 13 knots. Vessel in every respect has been declared to be to entire satisfaction of the owners, and we congratulate the builders on the resuscitation of a branch of business in our quarter which is destined to supersede the more ancient propulsion by sails alone for which, hitherto, they have been favourably known in the nautical world. The internal fittings of the DOUGLAS are unique of their kind, and will amply repay a visit while at the quay here. Her departure direct for Hong Kong is fixed for 20th February and we will watch with anxiety the time she occupies on her voyage to China.

Dundee Courier, 13/3/1866:
Gibraltar. Screw steamer DOUGLAS, Capt. Bayer, from Aberdeen for Hong Kong, has put in with shaft broken.

Dundee Courier, 13/3/1868:
Launch by Hall, Russell & Co. of iron screw steamer QUANTUNE for Douglas Lapraik & Co., Hong Kong - is intended as consort for screw steamer DOUGLAS, built in same yard some time ago, and which has given great satisfaction on the coast of China for the accommodation she affords to passengers, her speed, economy of fuel & carrying power.
Shipbuilder
A. HALL & Co.
Dimensions
length 242' 7" x breadth 28' x depth 19' 9"
tonnage 615 tons

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