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Belle Isle

Displacement: 388 or 395 tons register
Length: 133 feet or 41 metres

1857     Built at Bristol, England

She was initially registered in Newfoundland and spent her first 20 years in the China Tea trade.

1884     Used in British waters until 1884, when she was registered at Sydney and later at Dunedin.

1893     Owned by Arthur Luman of Sydney, Astralia.

1893 to 1914     Owned by the Union Steam Ship Company and used as a tea-trader.

1915?     Broken up by a syndicate of waterside workers for her copper and brass bolts.

1923     Beached at Quail Island in Lyttelton Harbour.

One of the remarkable features about the remains of this ship are the wooden nails in the hull, which at low tide are still clearly visible.

Circa 1980
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