An iron full-rigged ship built in 1885 by Oswald, Mordaunt & Co., Southampton, as Yard No. 231. Her dimensions are 81,84×12,7×3,66(d) meters [268'6"×40'2"×12'0"] and tonnage 2170 GRT, 2118 NRT and 2014 tons under deck. Sistership to the ship Fulwood (1885).

Launched at the shipyard of Oswald, Mordaunt & Co., Southampton, originally for R.W Leyland & Co., Liverpool, but completed as the Southgate for Chadwick & Pitchard, Liverpool. Assigned the official British Reg. No. 91286 and signal KFBL. Captain R.N. Smith was put in command of the vessel. Employed in the Indian jute trade.
1886 March 6 - June 25
Sailed from Penarth to Singapore.
1886 October 30 - April 22
Sailed from Chittagong to Dundee.
1888 June 29
Bought back by R.W. Leyland & Co., Liverpool, and was renamed the Wavertree.
1892 June 7
The general cargo from London took fire while in Sydney.
1892 October 3 - November 14
Sailed from Newcastle, NSW, to Valparaiso.
1903 August 21
Captain John Wingfield Yates.
1904 February 8
Captain William Barton Tilston.
1905 February 2
Captain John James Simpson.
1908 October 12
The steam ship Morayshire collided with the Wavertree in Ellesmere Port.
1910 December
Dismasted off Cape Horn and condemned at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Sold for £ 2850. She subsequently served as a storage hulk at Punta Arenas, Chile, until 1948.
1947 August 6
Sold to Luis Uribe Parilla-Mutis as "old iron".
1948 January
Transferred to Buenos Aires where she served as a sand barge under the name Don Ariano N..
Bought by the South Street Seaport Museum, New York, and preserved as a museum ship.

Select Bibliography:

A.G. Spiers & Alan Villers: The Wavertree, an Ocean Wanderer, New York, 1969.

Updated 1998-06-26 by Lars Bruzelius

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