An iron full-rigged ship built in 1874 by W. Pile & Co., Sunderland.
Dimensions: W. Pile & Co., Sunderland 235'6"×38'4"×22'6" and tonnage: 1519 GRT, 1447 NRT and ____ tons under deck.
Equipped with a lion figurehead.
- Launched at the shipyard of W. Pile & Co., Sunderland, for Devitt & Moore, London. Assigned the official British Reg. No. 68905 and signal NCSH. Employed in the Australian trade.
- In command of Captain Alexander Louttit late of the same owner's ship St Vincent.
- Sailed from London to Adelaide in 74 days.
- 1882 October 15 - December 23
- Sailed from London to Melbourne in 69 days from the English Channel.
- In command of Captain J.H. Barrett late of the same owner's ship South Australian.
- 1887 October 17 - December 26
- Sailed from Lizard to Sydney in 68 days or 71 days from the River.
- 1888 March 4 - June 11
- Sailed from Sydney to London in 99 days.
- 1888 December 24 - March 27
- Sailed from Sydney to London in 93 days.
- 1889 May 29 - August 22
- Sailed from London to Sydney in 78 days from the Lizard.
- 1889 October 30 - January 17
- Sailed from Sydney to London in 78 days. She sailed four days before the Cutty Sark which together with the Cimba made this season's fastest passage with 75 days.
- In command of Captain H.N. Forbes late of the same owner's ship Collingwood.
- In command of Captain F. Northey.
- In command of Captain F.W. Corner.
- 1895 November 1
- Left Gravesend for Sydney, but bad weather was met already in the Channel.
The figure-head was lost during the gale and was washed ashore in Whitesand Bay, Cornwall, six months later. The Rodney arrived in Sydney 105 days out.
- Sold to French owners in Nantes and was renamed Gypsy.
- 1901 December 7
- Wrecked on the coast of Cornwall on voyage from Iquique to France with a cargo of nitrate.
- 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).
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