A four-masted steel barque built in 1884 by A. Stephens & Sons, Dundee. Dimensions 80,64×11,75×7,11 meters [264'0"×38'7"×23'4"] and tonnage 1765 GRT and 1677 NRT. Rigged with with royals over single topgallants.
That day the afternoon breeze came unusually early for that time of year, already before noon and the tugboat Result had to labour to also counter the incoming tide. When the Result turned starboard to avoid the anchored American ship Bell O'Brian, the strong breeze made the Earl of Dalhousie heel hard over. The first time she managed righten herself, but at the next gust of wind she lay over on her side and eventually turned over completely.
As a result of the accident Captain Jarvis was suspended for six months. The ship was subsequently salvaged and re-rigged under supervision of Captain John Jarvis assisted by his father.
Updated 1997-02-22 by Lars Bruzelius.
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