1872 Launched under the name MERMERUS. All the ships of the Golden Fleece Line were named after characters in the Golden Fleece legend.
Tonnage 1.750 gross, 1.671 net. dim. 264.2 x 39.8 x 23.7ft.
Her maiden voyage was under command of Capt. Fife from England to Melbourne.
On her return voyage she carried a cargo of wool, could carry 10.000 bales of wool, which was the fleeces of a million sheep, and worth more or less £130.000 at that time.
She never made a bad voyage under the flag of the Golden Fleece Line.
Her third voyage in 1874 was to Sydney and on that voyage she carried a dozen South Sea Island missionaries as passenger. After a passage of 72 days she arrived at Sydney. Her outward freight was £5.000.
After discharging she sailed to Newcastle N.S.W. to load a cargo of coal for San Francisco. The freight on the cargo was 24 shilling a ton. She made the passage in 56 days.
At San Francisco she loaded 2.420 tons of wheat at £4 1s. 3d. for Liverpool.
25 May 1875 arrived at the Mersey, 104 days out from San Francisco.
21 July 1875 sailed from Liverpool and made the passage from Tuskar rocks to Melbourne in 69 days. Her return voyage was with wheat.
Her best passage she made in 1876, outward when she sailed from London on the 25 June, took gunpowder in at Gravesend, and arrived in Hobson Bay on the 30 August. From the powder buoys at Gravesend to Melbourne she made the passage in 66 days.
1877 She made her best homeward passage in 71 days to the Lizard from Melbourne.
1886/87 Made her homeward passage to the London Docks in 78 days.
1888 Command was taken over by Capt. J.G. Coles.
1898 Sold to Gösta Lindblom, Abo, Finland.
Command was taken over by Capt. G.A.Cavenius.
October 1900 sold to Robert Mattsson, Mariehamn, for 190.000 marks, command was taken over by Capt. M.A. Gustafsson.
04 Feb. 1902 arrived at Port Adelaide from Cardiff after a passage of 73 days.
Sailed 08 Dec. 1903 from Frederikshald, Norway bound for Port Adelaide with a cargo of timber, arrived there 08 Feb. 1904, made the passage in 73 days.
23 Oct. 1905 sailed from London and arrived Port Pirie, Australia after a passage of 75 days.
Sailed on 8 Dec. 1909 from Frederikstad with a cargo of timber for Melbourne, during heavy fog she stranded during the night of 11/12 December at Ranø, east of Kristiansand. On the 12th in the afternoon refloated, came to anchor in a sheltered place. Lost during the salvage her fore-mast.
14 Dec. sank on her anchorage, patched up and refloated, towed to the outer roadstead of Kristiansand.
16 December inspected, found that her keel had been damaged from the stem to the midships. She was condemned, not worth the money to repair her.
During a public auction on 18 March 1910 sold for 12.700 Crowns for breaking up.
On Penrhyn 1981 $4 sg 207, 1984 $3 sg 353, 1985 $3 and $4 sg O34/35.
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The Colonial Clippers by Basil Lubbock