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Postby shipstamps » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:12 pm

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Built as an iron square rigged vessel by the yard of Richardson at Stockton, U.K. for Robert Karran.
Launched under the name MANX KING.
Tonnage 1.751 gross, 1.712 net, dim. 251 x 39 x 24.1ft.
October 1884 delivered to owner.
Carried a figurehead of King Orry.
Homeport Castletown, Isle of Man.

Robert Karan the owner of the vessels also commanded her for the first six years, he died at sea and was buried at sea. Command was taken over by the Chief Officer J.Cannell.
When the MANX KING arrived at Liverpool, command was taken over by George C Karran, when he sailed out he did have with him his wife and one child, a boy. The second child a girl was born on board in position 54 12S 73 35W, followed a few years later by a boy, who was born in position 04 16N 24 31W.
The MANX KING was used in worldwide trading, the later years mostly used in the nitrate trade around Cape Horn from South America.

When Capt. G.C Karran retired, command was taken over by Captain Prat, the former Chief Officer of the vessel.

Circa 1913 sold to E.Erichsen of Mandal, Norway, not renamed.
1916 Sold to Johannesen & Mosvold, Farsund, Norway, not renamed.
1917 Sold to Wilhelms & Jacobsen, Frederikstad, Norway, not renamed
She was lost during the first Word War, when sailing off Sable Island, Canada she was intercepted by the German submarine U-156 on 08 July 1918. At that time Norway was a neutral country, but after her papers were checked, the crew were ordered to leave her in the boats, thereafter she was sunk. (See URL)

Navicula gives: On a voyage from New York to Rio de Janeiro, she was sunk on 08 July 1918 by a German U-boat. The crew was rescued from there lifeboats after 27 hours by the British steamer ANCHITES from Liverpool. (I cannot find an ANCHITES as ships name, most probably was it the Alfred Holt vessel ANCHISES, but what she was doing then off Sable Island on a voyage from New York to Rio de Janeiro?)

Isle of Man 1984 10p sg 259.

Source: Log Book. Navicula. ... /05-03.asp
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