A four-masted steel barque built in 1889 by Richard Williamson & Son, Workington.
Dimensions: 92,52×12,85×7,46 meters [303'7"×42'2"×24'6"], tonnage: 2512 GRT, 2418 NRT and 2337 tons under deck.
The forecastle was 27 ft long and the poop 45 ft.
Rigged with royal sails over single topgallant and double topsails. The lower and topmasts were made in one piece.
Belonged to the group of six four-masted barques called the Workington Sisters consisting of
Pendragon Castle (1891),
Caradoc (1892) and
- 1889 October
- Launched at the shipyard of Richard Williamson &
Son, Workington, for the Andelana Ship Co. (E.F. & W. Roberts), Liverpool.
Assigned the Official British Reg. No. ____ and signal ____.
Captain J. Gillis was given command of the ship.
- Sailed on her maiden journey from Barry to Table Bay in 51 days with a cargo of coal.
- Sailed from Table Bay to Calcutta in 54 days in ballast [?].
- Sailed from Calcutta to New York in 112 days with a cargo of jute.
- Sailed from New York to Shanghai in 144 days with a cargo of case oil.
- Sailed from Shanghai to San Francisco in 32 days in ballast. [Burmester]
- Sailed from Hong Kong to San Francisco in 31 days. [Lubbock]
- Sailed from San Francisco to Queenstown in 107 days with a cargo of grain for Hull.
- In command of Captain J. Richards.
- Sailed from Hull to New York in 42 days in ballast.
- 1892 May 10 - August 20
- Sailed from New York to Shanghai in 111 days with a cargo of case oil.
[Lubbock has 112 days]
- Sailed from Shanghai to Kuchinotzi in ballast [?].
- Sailed from Kuchinotzi to San Francisco with a cargo of coal.
- 1893 February 20
- Sailed from San Francisco to Liverpool in 93 days with a general cargo [?]. Was off Brow Head 88 days out but had to put into Holyhead to wait for a sufficient tide to get to Liverpool.
- Sailed from Liverpool to New York in 24 days in ballast.
- Sailed from New York to Hong Kong in c140 days with a cargo of case oil.
- Sailed from Hong Kong to Iloilo in 9 days in ballast.
- Sailed from Iloilo with a cargo of sugar for Delaware but had to touch at St Helena 120 days out for water and provisions. Arrived at Delaware 44 days later.
- Sailed from Delaware to Halifax in 9 days.
- Sailed from Halifax to New York in 11 days in ballast.
- In command of Captain George W. Stailing late of the same owner's ship Andrina which had been damaged in a collision with a steam ship.
- Sailed from New York to Yokohama in 130 days with a cargo of case oil.
- Sailed from Hiogo to New York in 185 days.
- Sailed from New York to Yokohama in 119 days with a cargo of case oil.
- 1896 October 1 - October 24
- Sailed from Yokohama to San Francisco in 23 days in ballast [?].
- Sailed from San Francisco to Sydney in 45 days in ballast [?].
- Sailed from Sydney to San Francisco in 63 days with a cargo of coal [?].
- Sailed from San Francisco to Queenstown in 116 days with a cargo of grain for Antwerp.
- Sailed from Antwerp for New York with a cargo of cement. Received storm damage to the rigging and had to put into Queenstown 30 days out. Subsequently sailed to Liverpool for repairs.
- Sailed from Liverpool to New York in 24 days.
- Sailed from New York to Shanghai in 133 days with a cargo of case oil.
Was dismasted in a typhoon and had to be repaired at Shanghai.
- 1898 November 21 - January 6
- Sailed from Shanghai to Port Angeles, WA, in 47 days in ballast.
- 1899 January 14
- While at anchor in ballast at Tacoma, Puget Sound, WA, the chains to the ballast logs broke at a sudden squall during the night and ship capsized and sank.
The master and the crew of 18 were all killed when the ship went down.
- Four- and five masted ships, general references.
- Burmester, Heinz: Die Viermastbark Lisbeth, ex Pendragon Castle Kauffartei unter Segel bis ins 20. Jahrhundert.
Stalling Verlag, Oldenburg, 1982. 4to, 200 pp, ill. Schriften des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums 15.
- Burmester, Heinz: Drei schnelle Frachtsegler und ihre Zeit.
Echardt & Messdorff, Hamburg, 1981. 8vo, 103 pp, ill.
Sonderdruck aus Seewart, 41. Jahrgang (1980), Nrn. 1 bis
6, Nautische Zeitschrift für die deutsche Seeschiffahrt.
Updated 1999-07-23 by Lars Bruzelius.
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