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Name Official number Flag IMO
WANDERER  80262  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1878  12/12/1878   
Vessel type Vessel description
Yacht   Composite Screw Steamer 3 masted Schooner
Builder Yard Yard no
Robert Steele & Co., Greenock Cartsburn  108 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
508 grt / 345 nrt / 708 tm, 900 displ 185.4 ft  29.2 ft  16.1 ft   
Engine builder Robert Steele & Co., Greenock
Engine detail
Loftus Perkins (A M Perkins & Son) patent high pressure (500psi) triple expansion engine 17",34",48"x30" 200nhp 12knots 1-screw

1880 re-engined Day, Summers & Co, Northam
C2cyl 26"50"x30" 100nhp
(1919: 104nhp) 

First owner First port of register Registration date
Charles Joseph Lambert, London  Cowes   
Other names
Subsequent owner and registration history
1888 Principe di Torlonia, Duca di Ceri - reg Italy
1896 Albert E Marvin, Cowes - reg Cowes
1899 Richard H W Bulkeley, Beaumaris
c1902 The Earl of Crawford, London
1903 Admiralty, London
1919 James H Patrick, Sydney NSW
1920 The Patrick Steamship Co Ltd, Sydney - reg Sydney (ON 136460)
1924 William Waugh Ltd., Balmain, Sydney  
Vessel history
The initial high-pressure engines were unsuccesful and had to be replaced before WANDERER fully entered service in 1880.

1903 RN survey vessel HMS INVESTIGATOR; after 1904 refit became HMS SEALARK. On China, and later Australia Station
1914 paid off from RN
1919/20 converted to cargo ship: 590grt 237nrt, 179.5 x 29.0 x 16.2ft. Given new ON in error
1924 seized by bank when The Patrick Steamship Co Ltd failed  
iron & wood hull. "The most luxurious steam yacht ever built."
1880 560grt 339nrt

Reported 1900 as owned by William Kissam Vanderbilt, New York, but no evidence yet found for this, or that she ever left the UK register 
End year Fate / Status
1925  Hulked  
Disposal Detail
Hulked at Sydney,NSW. 


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