A fullrigged iron clipper ship built in 1870 by Maudslay, Son & Field, London.
Dimensions: 216'6"×35'2"×20'5" and tonnage: 908,5 NRT and 872 1/3 tons under deck.
The forecastle was 34 ft long and the poop 30 ft.
She was a sister ship to same owner's Hallowe'en also built in 1870.
The Blackadder was named after the river in Berwickshire.
Rigged with double top-sails and single top-gallant sails. Later re-rigged as a barque (before 1889 according to Lloyd's Register, but not until her sale to Norway according to other sources).
- 1870 February 1
- Launched at the shipyard of Maudslay, Son & Field, London, for John Willis & Son, London.
Assigned the Official British No. 63573 and signal JLVN.
Captain J. Robinson was given command of the new vessel.
- 1870 March 24
- Left the Downs for her maiden voyage to Shanghai.
- 1870 May 10
- Dismasted due to faulty designed lower mast trestle trees. Was able to reach the Cape under jury rig 63 days out.
- 1870 December 7
- Collided with the French mail steamer Volga and arrived at Shanghai four days later with the forepeak waterfilled.
- 1871 July 23 - November 17
- Sailed from Penang to London with a cargo of tea in 117 days.
- Captain W.F. Moore replaced Captain Robinson.
- 1872 January 3 - April 7
- Sailed from Deal to Shanghai in the record time of 95 days.
- 1872 June 28 - October 27
- Sailed from Foochow to London in 121 days with a cargo of tea.
- Captain Samuel Bissett was given command of the ship.
- 1872 November 21 - February 23
- Sailed from London to Sydney in 83 days.
- 1873 May 3
- Partly dismasted in a typhoon on voyage from Newcastle, NSW, to Shanghai with a cargo of coal.
- 1873 October 22
- Sailed from Iloilo to Boston with a cargo of sugar, where she arrived after two months and eleven days after having struck an unchartered reef at the Island of Bankquey.
- 1875 July 19 - November 20
- Sailed from Woosung to London in 120 days with a cargo of tea 1.200.300 pounds of tea under command of Captain J. Whyte. [Lubbock has 126 days to Deal]
- 1875 December 27 - March 20
- Sailed from Deal to Sydney in 78 days
- 1876 August 5 - December 8
- Sailed from Woosung to London in 125 days with a cargo of 1.109.500 pounds of tea. [Lubbock has Shanghai to Scilly Islands]
- 1877 October 26 - February 16
- Sailed from Woosung to London in 113 days with a cargo of tea.
- Master: Captain Allan. [LLoyd's Register 1879-1880]
- 1880 September 26 - February 3
- Sailed from Foochow to London in 130 days with a cargo of tea. Her sister ship Hallowe'en arrived the following day, 126 days out from Foochow.
- Captain F. More.
- 1881 December 18 - April 2
- Sailed from Shanghai to New York in 105 days with a cargo of tea.
- Captain More and part of the crew were transferred to the same owner's clipper Cutty Sark.
- 1886 October 27 - February 23
- Sailed from Newcastle, NSW, to London in 119 days with a cargo of wool.
- 1888 November 17 - February 15
- Sailed from Newcastle, NSW, to London in 90 days with a cargo of wool.
- Master: Captain J. Grassam. [LLoyd's Register 1889-1890]
- 1890 November 27 - Febrary 26
- Sailed from Brisbane to London in 91 days with a cargo of wool.
- 1893 December 20 - March 30
- Sailed from Brisbane to London in 100 days with a cargo of wool.
- 1894 October 20 - February 200
- Sailed from Brisbane to London in 123 days with a cargo of wool.
- Sold to A/S Blackadder (J. Aalborg), Kragerø, Norway.
- Captain John Olsen, Kragerø.
- 1904 December 20
- Sailed in ballast from Moss to Barbados in 37 days under command of First Mate Stian Oedersen, Krager°. Logged 346 miles in 24 hours four days out.
- 1905 March 4 - March 29
- Sailed from Fernandina, FL, to Kragerø in 25 days with a cargo of rosin for St Petersburg.
- 1906 [?]
- Captain C. Berntsen [Norske Seilskibe].
- 1905 September 11
- Left Barry for Bahia with a cargo of coal.
- 1905 November 5
- Wrecked at Bahia when entering that port. Other sources say that she was destroyed by a tornado while loading at Bahia.
[April 9 according to Sea Breezes and Lubbock.]
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