CALIFORNIA (1890 - 1927), tonnage 3,099 gross and 2,901 net, length 392ft 3in, beam 45ft 2in. depth 26ft 7in. Constructed of steel, built by Harland & Wollf, Belfast, for Ismay & Imrie Co of the White Star Line. As a four masted barque, she was built as a bulk carrier to bring wheat from the West Coast of North America to Great Britain. She was one of the four last sailing ships built by Harland & Wollf. In 1890, when new, she sailed from Liverpool to San Francisco in 130 days and made the return journey San Francisco to Liverpool in 1891 in 121days. In 1896, she was sold to another Liverpool firm who in the following yesr sold her to Robert Sloman of Hamburg who renamed her ALSTER. In 1912, the vessel was sold with others of the Sloman sailing ship fleet to E.C.Schramm & Co. and renamed CHRISTEL VINNEN. The outbreak of World War I found the vessel in Valparaiso where she was interned. During internment the crew did their best to disable her. She was allocated to Italy after the war but the Italians did not refit her. In 1926 she changed hands and was refitted for the nitrate trade. In January 1927 she loaded 5,000 tons of nitrates for Norfolk Virginia. She took 77 days to reach Panama and after being towed through the Canal stranded on the Island of Old Providence and was abandoned to the underwriters and was a total loss. The design stamp is made after painting of Jack Spurling.
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