Fully rigged ship S.F HERSEY


Official Number Date Builder Tonnage L B D Fate
88941 1865 Searsport Maine, USA 991 169 33.0 22.8 Sunk as a pier at Swan Island Port Phiilip Bay Melbourne
Capt Colin McDonald - Master 1888
1865 Built in Searsport, Maine U.S.A. for J.C. Nickels & Co., Searsport, Maine. Named after Samuel F. Hersey, prominent Maine politician a founder of Republican Party, wealthy lumber merchant.
1886 August 6th - Sold to C.G. & E.F. Millar, railway contractors, of Melbourne

25.01.1888 - Sailed Adelaide for Darwin.

Evening Journal Sat 21 Jan 1888, Page 5

The barque S. F. Hersey, which cleared at the Custom-house on Friday, has on board a large quantity of material for the Northern Territory railway, consisting of wheelbarrows, ballast wagons, timber, 1,157 pkgs. bridgework, and several pkgs. of bolts, &c. Another large and somewhat novel item in the clearance is a " line" of thirty-eight donkeys. These animals, as stated in our reporter's interview with Mr. Millar, were purchased by the firm from the Beltana Station to be employed on the railway works, as they stand the climate better than horses. On their way to the vessel they attracted considerable attention.


13.03.1888 - Northern Territory Times and Gazette Sat 17 Mar 1888, Page 2

The " S. F. Hersey " had a very narrow escape from what might have been a serious accident, on Tuesday last. A locomotive boiler was being landed, and had been hoisted high enough by the ships tackles, when it was found that the donkey engine on the pier was not strong enough to take charge of it. While hanging in the slings a strop carried away, and it had to-be lowered back on deck very hurriedly. Fortunately this was managed without any worse accident than carrying away the funnel of the ship's donkey.


05.03.1888 - Arrived Darwin from Adelaide, J. Bennett Master. Cargo:

1400 tons railway material, 38 donkeys and 1 Shetland pony.

  02.04.1888 - Sailed Darwin in ballast for Newcastle, J. Bennett Master.
  12.04.1888 -
  13.05.1888 - Sailed Leeuin in heavy weather.
  25.05.1888 - Arrived Newcastle from Darwin, J. Bennett Master.

18.06.1888 - Sailed Newcastle for Honolulu. Loaded:

For Honolulu: 1368 tons coal


03.11.1888 - Sailed Puget Sound for Melbourne, C McDonald Master. Loaded:

734,000 ft timber.

  17.01.1889 - Arrived Melbourne from Port Blakely, Puget Sound, C McDonald Master.
  15.03.1889 - Sailed Melbourne, C McDonald Master.

20.03.1889 - Arrived Newcastle, C McDonald Master. Loaded:

Coal for Honolulu.


18.04.1889 - Sailed Newcastle for Guam. Loaded:

1258 tons coal.

  17.09.1889 - Sailed Moodyville, B C, for Melbourne: C McDonald Master. Loaded:

750,000 ft timber.

  18.09.1889 - Sailed out from Cape Flattery. 87 bottles were dropped over the side (one each day) to test pacific Ocean currents. Read more about this "here"

15.12.1889 - Arrived Melbourne from British Colombia, C McDonald Master. Passengers:

Mrs McDonald (28), Miss McDonald (8), Miss McDonald (5), Miss McDonald (3), Prof Odlum (38).

1890 January 30th - Sold to C.H. Hudson, steamship agent, of Melbourne.
" February 7th - Sold to Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co. of Hobart.
1891 May 9th - Sold to the Union Steam Ship Co. of New Zealand Ltd.
1913 August 11th - Registration closed, dismantled and converted to a coal hulk.
1914 June 15th - Re-registered Melbourne.
1923 May 21st - Register closed, Vessel obsolete, sold to Navy for 1/- and Sunk as a pier at Swan Island Port Phiilip Bay Melbourne. Latitude: -38° 14.7200′ Longitude: 144° 42.1100′


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