BIANCA

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BIANCA

Years Active: 1862-1899
Vessel Type: Iron Barque
Barque
Nationality: English
Abandoned by her crew after she foundered in fierce gale in October 1899 with a cargo of coal 20 miles south of Staten Island, Tierra del Fuego.

Main Use:

Cargo

Years Active:

1862-1899

Power:

Sail

Built:

1862

Size:

1,444 Gross, 1,396 Net tons
66.17 x 11.09 x 7.71 metres

(length, breadth, depth) metres

Design/Build:

H. M. Lawrence at Liverpool, England
Main Use: Cargo
Built: 1862
Power: Sail
Design/Build: H. M. Lawrence at Liverpool, England
Size: 1,444 Gross, 1,396 Net tons
Dimensions: 66.17 x 11.09 x 7.71 metres
BIANCA sailed 3rd July 1899 from Birkenhead, Captain Griffiths, with 2,200 tons of coal and coke, for Callao, Peru. — All went well, until the 9th September, when, off the River Plate, strong winds were experienced with the loss of a few sails. These gales continued down to the Straits of Le Maire. — Proceeding to the westward, heavy storms were encountered in latitude 57.5°S., longitude 72°W. The gales increased in violence until the 5th October, when she shipped a very heavy sea, sweeping the whole decks, davits, boats, rigging, compasses, skylights, breaking 80 ft. of the bulwarks and seriously straining the ship. — Dangerous seas continued until the 17th October, when she became dead in the water and the decks were found to be leaking badly. — At daylight on the 18th, the ship’s position was 20 miles south of Staten Island, the ship quite unmanageable. — Between 07:00-08:00 it was decided to abandon her, the crew, picked up by a passing ship, BEECHBANK, and taken to Stanley.
BIANCA sailed 3rd July 1899 from Birkenhead, Captain Griffiths, with 2,200 tons of coal and coke, for Callao, Peru. — All went well, until the 9th September, when, off the River Plate, strong winds were experienced with the loss of a few sails. These gales continued down to the Straits of Le Maire. — Proceeding to the westward, heavy storms were encountered in latitude 57.5°S., longitude 72°W. The gales increased in violence until the 5th October, when she shipped a very heavy sea, sweeping the whole decks, davits, boats, rigging, compasses, skylights, breaking 80 ft. of the bulwarks and seriously straining the ship. — Dangerous seas continued until the 17th October, when she became dead in the water and the decks were found to be leaking badly. — At daylight on the 18th, the ship’s position was 20 miles south of Staten Island, the ship quite unmanageable. — Between 07:00-08:00 it was decided to abandon her, the crew, picked up by a passing ship, BEECHBANK, and taken to Stanley.

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