For ease of understanding, I will number the various Thompsons! The webmaster has a number of 'Lloyd's Registers' available to him ex Google books (see left). long, a man's bust as a figurehead, intended it would seem for service to the Baltic. There were soon to be major changes in the ownership of the enterprise. Robert Thompson #3 retired from the business (when? I have not read what happened to Charles Elliott Thompson. 20, 1850, & that William Holburn, of South Shields, became its sole owner on Dec. I cannot tell you today what later happened to the ship, but note that it was not recorded, as Cromwell at least, in the 1854/55 or 1855/56 editions of Lloyd's Register. 'It was not uncommon for the ship to reach Tasmania in 80 days, and taking only ten days longer to complete the return voyage.' On Jul. Edward Noye, captain of Britannia, a fishing boat that rescued Larsen, is at right), made it to land, & was rescued over 3 months later on Feb. ) purchased by 'Holme Line', of Maryport, UK, (Cumbria coast & Solway Firth - Wilfred & Alfred Hine), and was, indeed, the first steamship in the Holme Line fleet. 10, 1890, the vessel foundered 8 miles off Cape Roca, Portugal, while en route from Arzew, Algeria, to Rouen, France, with a cargo of salt. Nicholson & Sons', of London, it would seem, but they may, instead, be the managers. The vessel travelled to ports in Australia & New Zealand for her entire life, engaged in the wool & wheat trade. To San Francisco in 1877 & probably carried troops to the Boer War. Rich in command, the vessel departed London for Hobart, Tasmania, but failed to arrive at her destination. 5, 1904, she ran aground in severe weather on a reef off Elliott Cove, SW coast of Tasmania, N. She also (re Tasmania, 80% down page) carried '₤40,000 in silver plate and jewellery.' Only one crew member, a Danish (have also read Norwegian) deckhand (Oscar Larsen - he is at left. Seabird, a steamer, had passed the area earlier trying to find the wreck, but saw nothing. It would seem that one other seaman, named Muller, nearly made it to shore. The vessel's position was established at noon that day, & a course set for a point 8 1/2 miles S. The captain 'was not in the habit of consulting with any of his officers with regard to the navigation of the ship', & the chief officer did not calculate the ship's latitude. A most unusual incident - actually hitting the rock. ), the ship broke her back behind the bridge, her stern disappearing underwater.
29, 1898, the vessel left Galveston, Texas, with a grain & general 3,424 ton cargo & a crew of 28 all told, bound for Rotterdam, with John Wishart, the vessel's captain since 1884, in command. It would appear that the vessel's position may well have been incorrectly determined. 20, 1898, proceeding at full speed in dense fog, the vessel struck. The vessel's hull was ripped open, & soon its stern was in the air & its bow under water - the vessel sank, in 25 fathoms of water, within 10 & maybe within 7 minutes. The forward part of the ship and her machinery were later salvaged. The business recommenced also as 'Robert Thompson & Sons', in 1846 at North Sands, with the same three sons. Thompson & Sons Ltd.' I further understand that the 'Crown' yard (Strand Slipway) was a neighbouring yard, located to the immediate west of that of Joseph L. Keith advises that Burton Brown, became the owner of all 64 shares on Nov. In 1840 the business name became Robert Thompson & Sons, but the business 'had a brief existence owing to depression'. The vessel is of especial interest to the webmaster, since John & Anthony Cockerill are ancestors of Sunderland author & site contributor Keith Cockerill, whose slide shows are featured on site (1 & 2). In 1854, Robert Thompson #2 left the partnership to form his own shipbuilding business. Thompson & Sons', & his three sons, Robert Thompson #3 (1850/1908), Joseph Lowes Thompson #2 (1853/1903) & Charles Elliott Thompson (1855/1910), joined the business. The later history, including the significant involvement of James Marr, later Sir James Marr, must come to these pages well 'later', when I understand the history better than I do at this moment. in size (11.05 x 8.75 in.) Published by the company itself. At left is a 'JLT' uniform button, which, per 'southern1954' (thanks! Across the upright of the T is a circle containing what appears to be a bent arm with the hand holding a spear. That 'Crown' yard remained a separate facility until it was closed in 1958. It is possible that the vessel was lost but it also could have been renamed. to Edmund Graham of Newcastle, above the Vencedora image), 2 & 3 (oil painting of Edmund Graham by artist Richard Archibald Ray), 4 (damaged at Bombay in 1865), 5 (insurance claim related to the 1868 loss of Edmund Graham at Mauritius - many similar references), 6 & 7 (1868 hurricane at Mauritius). The ship would seem to have been then owned by 'Foley', though I have not spotted a reference to that name in Lloyd's Register. Robert #1 died in 1860 at the relatively young age of 63, & that same year John retired from the business, which then came under the control of Joseph Lowes Thompson #1, the one son left in the business. At about 1893, Joseph Lowes Thompson #2 retired due to ill health, and his 3 sons continued the business under the leadership of Robert Thompson #3. In 1946, a brochure entitled 'One Hundred Years of Joseph L. There is also something hanging from the end of the spear.' The button is not very big (about 25 mm diameter) & the detail is small! In that regard I have read (a large 'pdf' file, page 14) that in 1946, 'J. If you can add to the record, your contribution would be most welcome. At top left is a page from the booklet 'One Hundred Years of Joseph L. The webmaster has a few 'Lloyd's Registers' available to him ex Google books thru 1889/90 - see left. long, schooner rigged, signal letters WMJF, launched, on Jul. Tully, daughter of John Tully, the managing owner of 'J. Agnes Rock lighthouse became visible in different directions. The Court determined that Captain Wishart was alone responsible for the stranding. Per 1 (text & image, 60% down), 2 (data), 3 (brief ref.), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long perpendicular to perpendicular, signal letters HTFV.