Yard Number 374 was named INVERNEILL when launched on Tuesday 28/05/1895 by Russell & Co Port Glasgow for George Milne & Co Aberdeen
Ship Type: Steel barque
Ship's Role: Cargo
Tonnage: 1470 grt, 1340 nrt
Length: 238 feet
Breadth: 36 feet
Draught: 21.7 feet depth
George Milne & Co, Aberdeen
1916 Sir William Garthwaite's Marine Navigation Company, Montreal
INVERNEILL was scrapped on 1935
Member Mellegiesen supplies this information: 'Mr. Garthwaite bought her in July 1916 for £13,000 when she was in Bilbao. After April 1919, while she was in Melbourne, it was reported that the prefix Inver had been replaced by Garth on bow and counter, but in fact she does not appear in her official papers as Garthneill until 1921.'
Hulked 1926. Dismantled in 1935.
She made a remarkable voyage in 1919. Attempting to sail from Melbourne to Bunbury, Western Australia, a distance of 2,000 miles, she was unable to make way against the forties winds south of Australia, and was faced by strong westerly winds again when she attempted to pass through the Torres Strait to the north. She finally turned and sailed the other way, passing the Pacific, Cape Horn, the Atlantic, the Cape of Good Hope, and the Indian Ocean to finally arrive in Bunbury after 76 days at sea.
Photo supplied by Stuart Cameron
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