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Note that in 1862/63 LR names the vessel Nancy Brysson, but thereafter, until 1873/74, LR consistently records the vessel's name as Nancy Bryson. LR from 1872/73 thru 1874/75 records no owner's names. At daylight the next morning, the crew were rescued by A. Pettingill, a brig under the command of Captain Hull, bound from Philadelphia to Matanzas, Cuba. 11, 1877, made their way to Havana and there embarked on City of Vera Cruz for New York which they reached on Jan. The vessel would seem to have then been owned by Hickson, Sykes & Co., of London (text).
I thank the New York Times for their article (source) of Jan.
But in 1882, at a site described also as being South Dock, Sunderland Shipbuilding Company took over a site previously operated by Haswell, Iliff, Iliff & Mounsey & Mounsey & Foster. 1904, during the Russo/Japanese War of 1904/05, a Japanese fleet under Admiral Togo was 10 miles off Port Arthur, Manchuria. 27, 1904, under cover of darkness, Fukui Maru, together with 3 other steamships (including Chiyo Maru), all loaded with cement & stones & escorted by 11 destroyers & 6 torpedo boats were detached from the fleet & approached Port Arthur, a Russian naval base, in an attempt to block access to the harbour via the narrow west channel. Per 1 (1887 wreck & rescue, p.2/3), 2 (image Gipsy/Gypsy, 90% down on page), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long perpendicular to perpendicular, signal letters HSFB. Ltd., of Liverpool, with 'Thomlinson, Thomson & Co.' likely the managers. 8, 1887, while en route from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to London, the vessel was driven ashore in thick fog at Crebawethan Rock, Western Rocks, off St. How tough a job that must have been, dragging terrified animals out of the sea one by one & manhandling them into a small boat!
So it would seem that there were 2 shipbuilders at South Dock at least from 1871? The vessel clearly travelled to Australia & to Hawaii. The approach was noticed when 2 miles out & a furious fire fight developed. It would seem that 4 were killed in the engagement including 2 of the Fukui Maru's crew; Lieutenant-Commander Hirose Takao & a warrant officer (Sugino) responsible for the firing of the sinking charge. Takao was posthumously decorated & a statue was erected to his memory in Tokyo. John Fowles, in 'Shipwreck', advises that 'cattle-ship wrecks were popular with the islanders, since salvage money ran as high as 5 a head. The islanders refused to inter those from the Castleford for less than thirty shillings each'.
Do be in touch if you have any information about the builder. 28, 1876, the vessel left Pernambuco, Brazil, for New York with a cargo of sugar under the command of Hugh Duncan (died Apl. The damage resulted in the barque leaking badly, & the crew were unable to keep up with the inflow of water. 30, 1876, two boats were launched, one of which sank immediately.
Stonehouse, Sunderland Shipbuilders/Shipbuilding Co., Sunderland Shipbuilders Limited, Sunderland Shipbuilding Dry Docks & Engineering, Swan Hunter, & Wigham Richardson, Thomas Young & Sons (Shipbreakers) Ltd. Corrections in any of the material which follows, however tiny, would be most welcome. The following vessels included - 1856 Jane Lacy & New Barque, 1857 William, 1858 Mary & Elizabeth, 1859 Stagshaw, 1860 Gulnare, 1861 Veleda, 1862 Moderation & Nancy Bryson, 1863 Belle of the South & Pyrus, 1864 Bernecia, Eglantine & Ortive, 1865 Scotland, 1866 Three Sisters. 4 of the crew were swept overboard but were recovered.
The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 lists Robert Whyte of Aldgate, London, as the then owner of Nancy Brysson. Caird & Co., of Greenock, River Clyde, Scotland, became the vessel's owner. (William) Hickson, of London, as her then owner - it also says 'foundered'. At 73N/34.35W, essentially off Cape Hatteras, South Carolina. A cargo ship, a collier/ore carrier, which was completed in May 1885. in French, col.#1), 6 (image, Heathpool, in 'Mines de Lambton', an 1891 volume), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') listed from 1862/63 thru 1876/77, owned thru 1870/71 by R. For service from Sunderland to India, but in the following years ex Liverpool, Plymouth & also ex London. Steve advised in my guestbook that the vessel had been wrecked in 1877. The other boat, with the entire crew aboard, left the vessel which a few minutes later 'gave a tremendous plunge & disappeared' from sight. on p.261), 2 (1895 collision with Norway), 3 (NY Times archive, sinking), 4 (wreck), 5 (ref.
Nazaire, France, with a cargo of coal, the vessel was run down by Ethelhilda (built 1897), which was en route from 'Buenos Ayres' to Antwerp & was damaged in the collision. 8 were landed at Dover, Kent, 7 of them by Ethelhilda. 26, 1877 from which much of the detail above was summarised. #1920 It would seem that in about 1960, a brief history booklet was privately published entitled 'Slipways to Success', the story of the 'Sunderland Shipbuilding Group'. Iliff and Mounsey were launching little iron sailing ships and steamers there in the early 'seventies, after which the business was conducted as Mounsey and Foster. to Abergeldie on a page from the Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory - for 1887), 11 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long perpendicular to perpendicular, 3 masts, signal letters WJSF.
This latter firm built several large iron sailing ships from 1873, among them being the Duchess of Edinburgh, Eastern Monarch, Roderick Dhu, Senator and Kingdom of Sweden, each of which was famed among the medium clippers of the period. Per 1 (thanks to Gilbert Provost), 2 (same data but with an 1884 reference? 1889), 4 (#9, which refers to a 62 day voyage from So Miguel, Portugal, to Hawaii in 1883 with 938 passengers aboard), 5 (1883/85 voyages to Australia), 6 (NY Times, Mar. Just 20 pages but with brief (very brief) histories of the seven companies which then comprised the group.