OCEAN MONARCH sailing vessel 1847

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OCEAN MONARCH sailing vessel 1847

Post by aukepalmhof » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:15 pm

The stamp issued by Brazil in 1997 is a composition of two paintings, the “Burning of the OCEAN MONARCH” by Samuel Walters and a painting made of Admiral Marques of Tamandare (Captain Joaquim Lisboa) painted in 1972 by Miranda junior. On the stamp are showed the OCEAN MONARCH on fire, in the foreground the yacht QUEEN OF THE OCEAN and the Brazilian steam frigate DOM AFONSO see http://www.shipstamps.co.uk/forum/viewt ... =2&t=10109

OCEAN MONARCH was built as a packet by the well know Boston shipbuilder Donald McKay for the White Diamond Line (Enoch Train) in Boston.
July 1847 launched as the OCEAN MONARCH.
Tonnage 1,301 ton burthen, dim. 55 metre.
Barque rigged.

She was special built for the packet service between Boston and Liverpool.
At the summer of 1848 she had already made three round voyages between Boston and Liverpool.
27 July 1848 she arrived back in Liverpool on her fourth voyage.
After discharging of her cargo, she took on board a large cargo and after completing loading, her passengers embarked, mostly Irish emigrants for the States.

OCEAN MONARCH had left Liverpool on the morning of Thursday, 24 August 1848 carrying passengers to Boston in the United States of America. She was under command of Captain Murdoch, the OCEAN MONARCH was towed from the port and entered the open sea around eight o'clock in the morning. Not far from harbour, between Abergele Bay and Great Orme's Head off Llandudno, at around noon, the OCEAN MONARCH was witnessed to put up its helm as if to return to port and then a flag of distress was raised. Within a short time flames were seen rising towards the rear of the vessel.
In an attempt to control the fire, which was now a blaze, Captain Murdoch attempted to turn the ship up wind, but in failing to do so, dropped both anchors. At this time it was apparent that the crew had lost control of the passengers who had begun fleeing the fire, rushing around deck in panic and even throwing themselves overboard. The captain ordered all moveable spars overboard to give those passengers in the water an aid in flotation.
Two other vessels in the area, came immediately to the ships aid, they were the yacht QUEEN OF THE OCEAN, captained by Mr. Thomas Littledale; and the Brazilian frigate DOM AFONSO, captained by J.M. Lisboa. Onboard the DOM AFONSO was Admiral John Pascoe Grenfell who was superintending the trial of the frigate, he would later man a boat as part of the rescue. Later on two other vessels would join, what quickly became a sea rescue, they were an American packet NEW WORLD and the railway steamer PRINCE OF WALES. These rescuing vessels launched boats to aid the collection of the survivors. The DOM AFONSO managed to get close enough to the OCEAN MONARCH to fasten a rope to her allowing for rapid ferrying of passengers via boats.
By three o'clock the last ship at the scene, QUEEN OF THE OCEAN turned and headed for Liverpool with their cargo of survivors.
On Friday, 25 August 1848 the OCEAN MONARCH went down at her anchored point to a depth of roughly 14 fathoms (25 m). Her location is listed at 53 25’4N 03 35’3W
The Burning of the OCEAN MONARCH off the Great Orme is a series of three paintings by British artist Samuel Walters (1811-1882).
It was initially reported in the Liverpool Mercury that the fire came from a wooden ventilator, which a passenger had mistaken for a chimney. This was later refuted by Captain Murdoch, stating that the craft had iron ventilators, and he believed that smoking amongst the steerage passengers, from whom he had confiscated smoking pipes earlier, was the cause.
Frederick Jerome a sailor working aboard the NEW WORLD, born in Portsmouth, but then a resident of New York, showed personal bravery during the rescue. He dived into the sea, swam to the burning ship and lifted more than fifteen female passengers into a rescuing boat. On his return to New York he was awarded the freedom of the city by the Common Council of New York. He also received a £50 award from Queen Victoria and another £50 from the Prince de Joinville and Duc d'Aumale, both aboard the DOM AFFONSO.
Count of persons aboard Ocean Monarch
Class Count
Steerage passengers 322
1st Class and 2nd Class 32
Captain and crew 42
Total 398
Correct as of 2007-08-27

Lives saved by vessel
Class Count
Dom Afonso 156
Queen of the Ocean 32
Prince of Wales 17
Fishing smack 13
Total saved 218
Total lives lost 1781
Correct as of 2007-08-27

Brazil 1997 0.23rs sg2792, scott2616 (also visible the yacht QUEEN OF THE OCEAN and the Brazilian frigate DOM AFONSO.) http://www.shipstamps.co.uk/forum/viewt ... NSO#p10518

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Monarch_(barque)

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Re: OCEAN MONARCH sailing vessel 1847

Post by Archiee » Mon Mar 11, 2013 7:25 am

Cool. The Ocean Monarch was one of nine large packet ships built by the famous shipbuilder Donald McKay in Boston for Enoch Train’s White Diamond Line of Boston-Liverpool vessels. The Monarch measured 179 feet in length and 1,301 tons and was launched in July 1847. On August 24, 1848 the vessel cleared Liverpool for Boston with 396 passengers, including 322 Irish emigrants...

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Re: OCEAN MONARCH sailing vessel 1847

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