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Name Official number Flag IMO
MERCURIUS  58987  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1869  26/02/1869   
Vessel type Vessel description
Cargo General  Iron Sailing Vessel 3 Masted Ship
Builder Yard Yard no
Dobie & Co., Govan Old Yard  38 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
839 grt / 839 nrt / 191.8 ft  32.3 ft  19.8 ft   
Engine builder ,
Engine detail
 

First owner First port of register Registration date
James M. Wood, Liverpool.   Liverpool  30/03/1869 
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
 
Vessel history
Clyde-Australia. 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
1870  Wrecked 25/03/1870 
Disposal Detail
Totally wrecked on the Rocas Reef in the South Atlantic. Although all the boats were launched, only one reached the shore of the atoll. Captain Cuthbertson, the officers, and all but six seamen were drowned. The survivors, John Coleman, D. M'Call, Middy Baptiste, Joachim King Dilombo, Charles Lance and Francis Edward Grey found the reef abounding with wrecks including fresh water in one of the tanks of the wrecked DUNCAN DUNBAR. They remained there for fifty-one days supporting themselves on turtle, fish, eggs and young birds. Their rescue arrived when the ship SILVERCRAIG observed the distress signal of the shipwrecked seamen.

(Edited from the Fifeshire Advertiser of 25 June 1870) 
 

 



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