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Shaw Savill's barque   Hinemoa   1890 - 1917


The four-masted steel barque Hinemoa was reputed to be the only sailing ship built with freezing-machinery for the transport of up to 20,000 carcases of mutton from New Zealand, but she carried general cargo as well.  This machinery was later removed and she then carried many thousands of immigrants to that remote colony.  She was reported as being a handy, well-behaved ship with a good turn of speed.

According to Basil Lubbock in his book The Last of The Wind Jammers, one of her captains went mad, another was dismissed for criminal offenses, while still another became such a hopeless drunkard that at one stage the crew took over the running of the ship. A later captain was found shot with a revolver by his side, while his successor also died a violent death, though not aboard the Hinemoa; he shot himself while on a minesweeper off Lowestoft.


Length     278 feet
Beam     41 feet 9 inches
Draught     24 feet
Displacement     2,283 tons
Port of registry     Glasgow.


1890     November     Launched at the shipyard of Russell & Co., Greenock, for the Shaw Savill and Albion Shipping Company.

1890     Commanded by Captain R. de Steiger.

1891     June 1     Arrived at Lyttelton with ballast reputed to be made up of rubble from an old London cemetery.  It is said that this ballast shifted during the voyage laying the ship on her beam end.

1892     December 28   Arrived at Wellington with 235 passengers.

1894     Sailed from The Downs to Melbourne in 77 days.

1895     Sailed from the Lizard Lighthouse to Melbourne in 83 days.

Riding high at the Geelong Wharf
Victoria, Australia

1901     Sailed from Newcastle, NSW, to San Francisco in 60 days.

1902     December 25 - March 5     Sailed from San Francisco to Old Head, Kinsale, in 101 days.

1902     Sailed from Fredrikstad to Melbourne in 94 days.

1905     Transferred to Law, Leslie & Company of Glasgow.

1908     Above: stranded near Lorne Jetty, Australia, but got off without any major damage.  Her captain was apparently severely censured for allowing the ship to drift ashore

1913     December 12     A seaman while returning to his ship fell into the dock at Portland, Oregon, USA. B. B. Jubb, an apprentice on the Glasgow barque Hinemoa left his bunk and plunged in and held him 'till a rope was got and he was pulled out.

1914     Sold to G. Windram & Company of Liverpool.

1917     Sold to J. G. P. Murphy of Liverpool.

1917     September 7   Sunk on voyage from Australia to Great Britain by a German submarine, 35 miles WSW of Bishop Rock.

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