Brig. Robin Hood


Official Number Date Builder Tonnage L B D Fate
54797 1867 William May, Shoreham, UK 297 119.3 26.7 14.9 Struck a rock and sank in Bass Strait, Dec 1884
Capt Colin McDonald - Master 1882 - 1884


  03.01.1882 - Sailed Kaipara Nz for Melbourne Australia
  21.01.1882 - Arrived Melbourne, C McDonald Master, Passengers: Mr Hector McDonald
  23.02.1882 - Arrived Kaipara From Melbourne
  16.04.1882 - Sailed from Kaipara for Melbourne
  05.05.1882 - At sea, Robin Hood encountered a heavy storm during which a wave swept over her decks displacing everything moveable and throwing the steering gear into confusion, Captain McDonald whilst attempting to evade the force of a wave was struck by part of the bulwark which had been washed away rendering him senseless for 4 days. The vessel had been headed for Melbourne, however, considering the damage to the vessel and the injury to her Master it was decided to make for Sydney instead.
  09.05.1882 - Arrived Sydney from Kaipara, Master injured
  05.07.1882 - Sailed Sydney to Kaipara C McDonald Master, Cargo: Ballast.
  18.08.1882 - Sailed Kaipara bound Melbourne
  12.09.1882 - Arrived Melbourne, Master C McDonald. Cargo” 20,000 Ft flitches, 40,000 ft sawn timber, 180,000 ft dressed Kauri pine.
  22.09.1882 - Cargo of Kauri pine ex Robin Hood sold in Melbourne at the following average prices per 100ft superfine: Sawn boards, Lin, 22s; dressed boards 7/8in, 23s per 100 ft, Lineal; T&G flooring, 6 x 7/8in , 9s 9d; ditto, 4 x 1 1/8 in, 8s 9d.
  25.09.1882 - Sailed Melbourne bound Kaipara

06.10.1882 - Arrived Kaipara


30.10.1882 - Sailed from Kaipara bound for Melbourne

  18.11.1882 - Arrived Melbourne, Master C McDonald. Passengers: Mrs McDonald and child, Miss Bruce. Cargo: 222,000 Ft timber, 9836 ft dressed timber, 5800 pickets, 5 rough hewn logs.

05.12.1882- Kauri timber ex Robin Hood sold in Melbourne at the following average prices (at 100ft superficial) : Hewn logs, 16s; sawn flitches, 15s 6d; sawn boards, lin, 19s.

  13.12.1882 - Sailed Melbourne bound Onehunga Nz C McDonald Master, Cargo: 6 Cases wine, 2037 bags of bone dust, 50 bags superphosphate.
  27.12.1882 - Arrived Onehunga from Melbourne
  13.01.1883 - Sailed Auckland for Kaipara C McDonald Master.
  16.01.1883 - Arrived Aratapu (Kaipara) from Onehunga.
  16.02.1883 - Arrived Melbourne C McDonald Master, Passengers: Mrs Bruce, Mrs McDonald and family (2). Cargo: 2163 pcs rough Kauri, 19862 pcs dressed Kauri, 2691 pickets, 207 bdls laths.
  12.03.1883 - Sailed Melbourne for Auckland Via Launceston C McDonald Master. Cargo: 272 bgs bark, 60 cs caster oil, 50 cases of stout, 154 ft of red dressed pine, 1968 ft of undressed gum, 115 bales of corn sacks, 21 pkgs of furniture, 2 bales of flock, 1 case of beer, 2 cases of chairs, 6450 pcs of dressed timber, 50 boxes of clothes pins, 23,883 roofing slates, 50 brls of plaster, 1675 pkgs bone dust, a quantity of undressed timber.
  14.03.1883 - Arrived Launceston from Melbourne, C McDonald Master.
  06.04.1883 - Arrived Launceston from Auckland.
  09.04.1883 - Sailed Launceston for Auckland C McDonald Master. Cargo: 1600 rails (£30), 66 css fruit (£20), 2460 bgs bark (£1530).
  12.04.1883 - Arrived Auckland from Launceston.
  03.06.1883 - Sailed Kaipara for Melbourne C McDonald Master. Cargo: 100,000 ft dressed and 60,000 ft sawn kauri pine.
  29.06.1883 - Arrived Melbourne from Kaipara C McDonald Master
  16.07.1883 - Sailed Melbourne bound Kaipara C McDonald Master. Cargo: 1 cs cigars, 15 (unreadable) wine, 25 tns sugar, 140 bgs potatoes, 20 hlf-chests tea.
  04.08.1883 - Arrived Aratapu (Kaipara) from Melbourne.
  30.08.1883 - Sailed Aratapu (Kaipara) for Melbourne. Cargo: 171,000 feet dressed and 58,000 feet rough sawn timber.
  16.09.1883 - Passed Wilsons Promentory 14:10
  17.09.1883 - Arrived Melbourne from Aratapu (Kaipara).
  28.09.1883 - Sailed Melboure for Kaipara C McDonald Master
  15.10.1883 - Arrived Kaipara from Melbourne.
  03.11.1883 - Sailed Kaipara for melbourne.
  21.11.1883 - Passed Wilsons Promontory 08:45
  23.11.1883 - Arrived Melbourne from Kaipara C McDonald Master. Cargo: 257,000 ft sawn and dressed timber.
  05.12.1883 - Sailed Melbourne for Kaipara.
  06.12.1883 - Passed Wilsons Promontory 11:20
  26.01.1884 - Sailed Kaipara for Melbourne.
  12.02.1884 - Passed Wilsons Promontory 09:35
  14.02.1884 - Arrived Melbourne, Master C McDonald, Passengers: Mrs M McDonald and Miss E Bruce.
  26.02.1884 - Sailed Melbourne for Kaipara C McDonald Master .
  10.04.1884 - Arrived Sydney from Kaipara C McDonald Master . Cargo: 245,000 ft sawn and dressed timber.
  23.04.1884 - Sailed Sydney for Bluff via Newcastle C McDonald Master .
  23.04.1884 - Arrived Newcastle from Sydney.
  08.05.1884 - Sailed Newcastle for Nelson, Cargo: 460 tons coal, 10 tons bone dust .
  16.06.1884 - Sailed Kaipara for Sydney. Cargo: 244,000 feet of sawn and dressed timber.
  28.06.1884 - Arrived Sydney from Kaipara, C McDonald Master, Passengers: Mr Hector McDonald.
  30.09.1884 - Sailed Kaipara for Sydney.
  14.10.1884 - Arrived Sydney from Kaipara C McDonald Master . Passengers: Mrs McDonald and two childeren, Mrs Murdoch (Mrs Murdoch McDonald).
  29.10.1884 - Sailed Sydney for Kaipara.
  29.11.1884 - Sailed from Kaipara for Adelaide C McDonald Master. Cargo: 255,000 feet of timber.

27.12.1884 - Capt McDonald brought Robin Hood around to the Eastern side of Hummock Island (in the Ferneaux Group of Islands in Bass Strait) to shelter from the gale and struck an uncharted sunken rock (see chart here), the vessel began to fill with water and the crew took to the boats. Colin made his way to Launceston where he cabled the owners (W.S. Laurie) for advice, adding that most of the cargo had been saved but the vessel had broken her back and was a total loss (both the vessel and cargo were well insured).

The board of inquiry concluded on the 29th of January 1885 "That there is no evidence to show that any blame attaches to the officers of the brig".



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