Cedric the Saxon

A fullrigged iron clipper ship built in 1875 by John Reid & Co., Port Glasgow. Her dimensions were 259'8'×40'1"×23'6" and tonnage 1705 GRT, 1619 NRT, and 1529 tons under deck. The official British number was 74467 and her signal letters PHFK. Built for the Australian passenger trade. A sistership to the same owner's Lammermoor (1874) according to D.R. McGregor. Rigged with sky sail on the main mast.

1875 October
Launched at the shipyard of John Reid & Co., Port Glasgow, for the "Waverly" Line of Williamson, Milligan & Co., Liverpool. Her first master Captain T. Swan made only one voyage.
Captain Alex. Burgess assumed command of the ship.
1880 May 14 — July 25
Sailed from Liverpool to Hooghly in 72 days.
1880 September 13 — December 17
Sailed from Calcutta to London in 95 days.
Sailed from Liverpool to Melbourne in 84 days.
Sailed from Melbourne to San Francisco.
1881 December 10 — March 24
Sailed from San Francisco to Queenstown in 124 days.
Sailed from Liverpool to Sydney in 80 days.
Sailed from Liverpool to Sydney in 95 days.
1885 October 1 — January 26
Sailed from San Francisco to Queenstown in 117 days with a cargo of 2319 tons of weat under command of Captain F. McNair.
Loaded coal at Cardiff for San Francisco where she arrived after 120 days.
Sailed from San Francisco to Hull in 111 days.
Captain W. Harris took over command of the ship when Captain McNair was appointed to the company's new four-masted ship Kenilworth.
1887 March 3 — July 27
Sailed from Hull to San Francisco in 144 days under command of Captain W. Harris.
1887 September 21 — January 6
Sailed from San Francisco to Queenstown in 108 days.
Sailed from Liverpool for San Francisco under command of Captain Vesey, but was partially dis-masted in the South Atlantic and had to put into Rio de Janeiro for a month of repairs.
1888 September 4
Arrived at San Francisco, 189 days from Liverpool.
Sailed from San Francisco to Queenstown in 121 days.
Captain A.T. Pope.
Sailed from Liverpool to Calcutta in 95 days.
Sailed from Port Pirie to Liverpool in 121 days.
Sailed from Beachy Head to Melbourne in 75 days.
Sold to owners outside Great Britain.
1896 October
Sailed from New York with a cargo of case oil for the East Indies but disappeared en route.

Updated 1996-12-13 by Lars Bruzelius.

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