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Name Official number Flag IMO
NORMA  98433  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1893  02/05/1893   
Vessel type Vessel description
Cargo General  Steel Sailing Vessel 4-masted Barque
Builder Yard Yard no
Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Clydeholm Yard  380 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
2122 grt / 1999 nrt / 3550 dwt 278.0 ft  41.2 ft  24.1 ft   
Engine builder ,
Engine detail

First owner First port of register Registration date
The Norma Ship Co Ltd - manager, Michael J Begg, Cardiff  Cardiff   
Other names
Subsequent owner and registration history
1901 Anthony R Marshall - mng Macvicar, Marshall & Co, Liverpool 
Vessel history
12/7/1893 Sailed from Cardiff on maiden voyage with 3500 tons of coal for Rio de Janeiro; 28/8 arrived. 9/1893 discharge delayed due to bombardment of the city by rebel naval ships (but not detained by rebels as initially reported).
5/11/1893 Sailed in ballast for Hobson's Point, Australia.

1903 Tried to sail into the harbour of Newcastle, NSW, during a severe storm without the assistance of a tug, but had to anchor with two anchors when she could not weather the reefs at the entrance. None of the local tugs could tow her away from the dangerous position and she had to wait until the coast's most powerful tug arrived from Sydney. 
End year Fate / Status
1907  Collision 21/04/1907 
Disposal Detail
In the early hours of 21/4/1907 while anchored about 5km off Semaphore, Adelaide, in Gulf St. Vincent, South Australia, was struck by iron ship ARDENCRAIG (Russell & Co, 1886) and sank in about 15 minutes (Adelaide for UK with wheat). 18 crew rescued, one drowned. The master of ARDENCRAIG was held responsible.

Before light the steamer JESSIE DARLING (Murdoch & Murray, 1884) ran into the unmarked sunken wreck, was holed and settled on top of NORMA. Later the steamer PALMER (Fullerton, 1884) struck the two wrecks but survived, as did steamer PORT CHALMERS (Hebburn, 1905) on 4 May.

JESSIE DARLING was refloated 12/1907.
1913 After early failed attempts to raise the NORMA in 1908, it was not until about January 1913 that the remains of NORMA were finally blown up and scattered. 


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