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Mary Ann (1838)

Postby john sefton » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:15 pm

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MARY ANN was built in wood 1838 and loaded about 150 tons. Her length was 32 m, breath 6.4 m and depth 2.5 m. There are no drawings preserved, only a sketch with her name. From this sketch, the Swedish marine artist Folke Sjogren, made a lovely watercolour for the stamp. MARY ANN, under her master captain Nils Wemgren, left Stockholm bound for Australia August 30th 1838 on speculation, loaded with building material, windows, doors and farm tools. This might have been seen as a very hazardous task, but the owner of the little ship was a well known Swedish wholesaler, who through British Business connections had heard that it was a good market for such things in Australia and Captain Werngren was an experienced man, who before had sailed to the Far East and America. There were only eight men in the crew, and except from the master, only one hand, the only AB, had before served in deep water ships.
MARY ANN first sailed to Cowes on the Isle of Wight for further business negotiations and to complete the equipment. December 16th 1839 MARY ANN
left Cowes bound for Sydney, where she arrived May 1st 1840 after a hard voyage. Captain Werngren wrote about the astonishment when he told the pilot that his little ship came from Europe and Sweden. The pilot at first did not believe him and he had never heard of Sweden (and that country was not in his signalbook, so he signalled: "Unknown ship" to the harbour. Captain Werngren who was not only an experienced sailor and master but also an energetic businessman, immediately sold all the cargo and looked for another. He soon found that in the young town of Newcastle, NSW, a cargo of coal for Valparaiso, South America. So the little MARY ANN left Newcastle and sailed westwards over the Pacific Ocean. After having arrived in Valparaiso safely and been unloaded, Captain Werngren managed to get a cargo of copper ore for Swansea, Great Britain. On November 25th 1840 MARY ANN left the western coast of South America, rounded and arrived at Swansea on March 9th 1841. In Swansea Captain Werngren got a cargo of salt for Stockholm, where MARY ANN arrived May 3rd 1841. The first Swedish circumnavigation of the world was made. This event anyhow did not attract any attention in Stockholm or Sweden. In the Stockholm newspaper "Aftonbladet" under the head‑line "Shipping‑News", May 6th 1841 one could read: "With Captain Werngren, 1050 barrels of salt from Swansea for Wholesaler Mr.C.F. Liljewalch." That was all! Anyhow, as a result of the voyage and captain Werngren's skill, both as a sailor and businessman, the ship owner made a good profit and captain Werngren got much credit for the way he had managed. Captain Werngren made two more voyages to Australia and circumnavigations of the world for his shipowner, but with another and larger ship, but the little MARY ANN never did again see the "Seven Seas" She sailed for many years as a "coaster" in the Baltic.
Sources: De forsta varidsomseglingarna under svensk flagg (In English: The first circumnavigations of,the world under the Swedish ensign). Told by Captain Nils Werngren and edited by Carl Axel Ostberg.
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