DERBY

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DERBY

Years Active: 1825-1838
Vessel Type: Barque
Barque
Nationality: American
Sunk during a gale off Pebble Island, West Falklands in April 1838 en route from Saint Helena to the Falklands with 860 barrels of whale oil on board.

Main Use:

Whaling

Years Active:

1825-1838

Power:

Sail

Built:

1825

Size:

225 Net tons

(length, breadth, depth) metres

Design/Build:

Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Main Use: Whaling
Built: 1825
Power: Sail
Design/Build: Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Size: 225 Net tons
Her sinking came whilst she was on a whaling cruise from Salem, Massachusettes, captained by William C Ratcliff. Extract from ship’s log: “Bark DERBY of Salem. Radcliff Master. Sailed 15th August 1837 for the Indian Ocean. Left St. Helena 20th February 1838 for the Falkland islands. Lost in a gale at Pebble Island Falkland Islands on 15th April 1838 with 860 barrels of oil on board of which, some barrels of whale and sperm whale oil were saved and shipped home in GENERAL WILLIAMS and her tender [HESPER].” Timber from the wrecked DERBY was salvaged as late as January 1841 by HMS SPARROW and brought into Port Louis.
Her sinking came whilst she was on a whaling cruise from Salem, Massachusettes, captained by William C Ratcliff. Extract from ship’s log: “Bark DERBY of Salem. Radcliff Master. Sailed 15th August 1837 for the Indian Ocean. Left St. Helena 20th February 1838 for the Falkland islands. Lost in a gale at Pebble Island Falkland Islands on 15th April 1838 with 860 barrels of oil on board of which, some barrels of whale and sperm whale oil were saved and shipped home in GENERAL WILLIAMS and her tender [HESPER].” Timber from the wrecked DERBY was salvaged as late as January 1841 by HMS SPARROW and brought into Port Louis.

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