BLANCHE

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BLANCHE

Years Active: 1845-1856
Vessel Type: Barque
Barque
Nationality: English
Deliberately run aground on a rocky shore near Kidney Island, East Falkland, by her captain after springing a leak on 20th January 1856.

Main Use:

Cargo

Years Active:

1845-1856

Power:

Sail

Built:

1845

Size:

360 Net tons

(length, breadth, depth) metres

Design/Build:

Sunderland; Official Number: 2,288
Main Use: Cargo
Built: 1845
Power: Sail
Design/Build: Sunderland; Official Number: 2,288
Size: 360 Net tons
On 13th December 1855, BLANCHE, owned by Thompson & Co, Master J. H. Shaw, was 86 days out from Newcastle bound for Caldera, Costa Rica, carrying coals, when she called at Stanley in a leaky condition. On 17th January 1856 After remedial work, she left Stanley to resume her voyage. On 20th January 1856 BLANCHE ran ashore on the N.E. Murrell shore near Kidney Island, Berkeley Sound, East Falkland. The Master reported: “she had sprung a leak which forced him to bear up, and he placed her, voluntarily, on a rocky shore off Kidney Island, where she went to pieces.” But the dates don’t add up: if she left Stanley on 17th Jan, went to Staten Island and then returned, before being wrecked off Kidney Island on the 20th he speed would have been impressive. Dates and comments in the Shipping Register are awry. On 9th April 1856 British Barque SOLWAY, Captain W. Williams, left Stanley for London, taking Captain Shaw of the wrecked BLANCHE. There is no mention about the fate of any other crew.
On 13th December 1855, BLANCHE, owned by Thompson & Co, Master J. H. Shaw, was 86 days out from Newcastle bound for Caldera, Costa Rica, carrying coals, when she called at Stanley in a leaky condition. On 17th January 1856 After remedial work, she left Stanley to resume her voyage. On 20th January 1856 BLANCHE ran ashore on the N.E. Murrell shore near Kidney Island, Berkeley Sound, East Falkland. The Master reported: “she had sprung a leak which forced him to bear up, and he placed her, voluntarily, on a rocky shore off Kidney Island, where she went to pieces.” But the dates don’t add up: if she left Stanley on 17th Jan, went to Staten Island and then returned, before being wrecked off Kidney Island on the 20th he speed would have been impressive. Dates and comments in the Shipping Register are awry. On 9th April 1856 British Barque SOLWAY, Captain W. Williams, left Stanley for London, taking Captain Shaw of the wrecked BLANCHE. There is no mention about the fate of any other crew.

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