An iron fullrigged ship built in 1873 by Robert Steele & Co., Greenock.
Dimensions: 262'2"×39'7"×23'5" and tonnage: 1859 GRT, 1777 NRT and 1574 tons under deck. Equipped with two decks and the forecastle was 40' long and the poop 74'.
Sister ship to the same owner's [?] ship Aurora. Originally rigged with skysails.
- 1873 November
- Launched at the shipyard of Robert Steele & Co., Greenock, for the Orient Line (Anderson, Anderson & Co.), Aberdeen. Assigned the official British Reg. No. 68500 and signal MNDL. Employed in the Australian trade.
- 1873-1875 November
- In command of Captain John Legoe.
- In command of Captain Wm. Cummings.
- Sailed from London to Adelaide in 80 days.
- In command of Captain T.R. Harry.
- In command of Captain Cook[e].
- Sold to Devitt & Moore, London, to be used as a sail training ship.
- In command of Captain J.H. Barrett late of the same owner's ship Rodney.
- 1890 October 1
- Sailed from London to Sydney in 91 days.
- 1891 September 11 - December 8
- Sailed from London to Sydney in 88 days.
- Sailed from Sydney to London in 86 days. This was her first voyage home by way of Cape Horn.
- 1892 October 11 - December 23
- Sailed from London to Sydney in 73 days from Lizard Point.
- 1893 September 11 - December 29
- Sailed from London to Hobson's Bay, 72 days from the Lizard Point. On December 10 the Hesperus logged 358 miles.
- In command of Captain Charles Maitland late of the same owner's ship Harbinger.
- Sold to Russian owners in Odessa for £ 9000 and was renamed Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna.
- Refitted by Swan and Hunter, Wallsend.
- Sold to London Steamship and Trading Corporation and was renamed Silvana.
- Broken up at Genoa.
- Square-rigged ships, general references.
- Course, A.G.: Painted Ports. The story of the ships of
Messrs Devitt and Moore.
Hollis & Carter, London, 1961. 8vo, x, 230 pp, 6 plates.
- Lubbock, Basil: The Colonial Clippers.
Brown, Ferguson & Son, Glasgow, 1948 (2nd).
- Wallace, Frederick William: Under Sail in the Last of the Clippers.
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1936.
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