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Postby shipstamps » Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:18 am

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Built as a steel 3 masted ship rigged cargo vessel under yard No 7k by J.Reid & Company, Glasgow for the Sierra Shipping Company (Thompson, Anderson & Co.), Liverpool.
03 November 1883 launched under the name SIERRA PEDROSA.
Tonnage 1.686 grt, 1.542 net, dim. 249.0 x 38.10 x 23.6ft.
After completing used in the service between Liverpool and Rangoon. She was a pretty looking white painted hulled sailing ship.
30 July 1889 she grounded in Table Bay, South Africa, she was refloated she is still mentioned in Mystic Seaport database till 1900, under the name SIERRA PEDROSA, first under Capt. D. Lyon till 1894 and then under command of Capt. W.J.Starke till 1900.
Visiting for the last time San Francisco January 1896.
14 August 1902 stranded at Blaauwberg Strand or North of Salt River mount, Table Bay, (at that time she is given as barque rigged) sold and thereafter refitted in a coal hulk, and renamed BRUTUS.
Loaded with coal she was towed by four (or two) whale catchers to South Georgia around 1912.
For many years she lay near the whaling station in Prince Olaf Harbour as a coaling hulk.
When the whaling station closed in 1931 she was abandoned, and slowly she deteriorated, and during a gale she was blown onshore.
2008 She lays partly submerged near Pig Point, Brutus Island in Prince Olav Harbour, Brutus Island is named after the vessel.
Source: The last of the Windjammers by Basil Lubbock. Some web-sites. Auke Palmhof
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