“STRATHDON” was a steel barque built in 1885 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast (yard no. 184) withe the originally name “Queen's Island” for S. Lawther, Belfast. Her dimensions were: length × beam × depth: 282.7 × 40.4 × 23.5 ft (86.1 × 12.3 × 7.1 m) and 2093 GRT, 2038 NRT and 1920 tons under deck. One of the two largest barques afloat. Sistership to the full-rigged ship “Lord Templetown”.
She was too big and long for a three masted barque and should have had four masts. Her best performance was made in 1888 when she crossed the Pacific from San Francisco to Newcastle, N.S.W., under favourable conditions, in 38 days at an average speed of 7 knots. In 1890, she was sold to the Aberdeen White Star Line, renamed “STRATHDON”, and put in the Sydney trade She was not considered fast enough for shipments early in the season but geneally succeeded in getting a wool cargo towards the end of the season. Her passages outward and homeward were generally over 100 days. With increased competition after 1900 in the wool trade, “STRATHDON” like many others had to go to Norway or Western Canada for lumber cargoes or U.S. west coast ports for cargoes of grain. In 1905, she was sold to French owners and renamed “GERS”. In1922 laid up at Nantes and broken up at Brügge in 1924.
The design stamp is made after painting of Jack Spurling.
Niger 2020;(6x1000) f.
Sources: http://www.spurlingandrouxwatercolours.com/mpat. htmlhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Strathdon_(ship,_1885)
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