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GANGES

THE GANGES WAS BUILT IN BOSTON IN 1856 BY D McKAY SHE WAS A VESSEL OF 1,211 TONS. SHE WAS CHARTERED BY SHAW SAVILL & CO FOR TWO VOYAGES TO AUCKLAND UNDER CAPTAIN T FUNNELL 


HER FIRST VOYAGE SAW HER LEAVING START POINT ON 1ST JULY 1863 CARRYING 270 PEOPLE ONBOARD, REACHING AUCKLAND ON 12TH OCTOBER 1863.


HER SECOND VOYAGE TO AUCKLAND WAS FROM QUEENSTOWN, LEAVING ON THE 14TH NOVEMBER 1864 AND ARRIVING IN AUCKLAND ON THE 14TH FEBRUARY 1865. 56 PEOPLE DIED OF BROCHITIS OR WHOOPING COUGH DURING THE VOYAGE, MAINLY CHILDREN.THE USUAL MEDICAL CHECKS PRIOR TO LEAVING QUEENSTWON WERE NOT CARRIED OUT AND INFECTED CHILDREN HAD BEEN ALLOWED ONBOARD FOR THE VOYAGE.

 




 


GANGES / ASTERS

GANGES WAS A VESSEL OF 1,529 TONS AND HAD BEEN BUILT IN SUNDERLAND BY OSBOURBE GRAHAM & CO SHE HAD BEEN LAUNCHED ON 25TH MARCH 1882.

 SHE WAS THE SECOND OF THREE NOURSE LINE LTD VESSELS TO BE CALLED GANGES. ( THE FIRST ONE WAS BUILT IN 1861 AND WRECKED IN 1881 ON GOODWIN SANDS, 3RD ONE BUILT IN 1906 )

  SHE WAS SOLD TO A NORWEGIAN COMPANY IN 1904 WHO RE-NAMED HER 'ASTERS'  ( THERE IS A SOURCE WHICH SAYS SHE DID NOT UNDER GO A CHANGE OF NAME WHEN SHE WAS SOLD IN 1904 )

 ON 28TH MAY 1917 SHE WAS TORPEDEOD WHILST IN THE ATLANTIC AND SANK.SHE HAD BEEN SUNK BY THE GERMAN SUBMARINE  UC-55 ( COMMANDER OF THE SUB WAS THEODOR SCHULTZ ) 150 MILES NORTHWEST OF THE SCILLIES ON A VOYAGE FROM LE HARVE TO PHILADELPHIA .. ALL HANDS SURVIVED.

 DURING HER CAREER SHE HAD MADE THREE TRIPS TO FIJI AND ONE TO SURINAM AND TRINIDAD IN THE WEST INDIES. I THINK THAT SHE WAS NEVER CHARTERED BY SHAW SAVILL.

 


 

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GANGES

GANGES A VESSEL OF 839 TONS BUILT BY WILLIAM PILE OF SUNDERLAND AND LAUNCHED ON 9TH JULY 1861.SHE WAS THE FIRST NOURSE LINE VESSEL TO BE CALLED GANGES. HER FIGURE HEAD WAS A CARVING OF  'MOTHER GANGES' ( I THINK SHE WAS MODIFIED TO GIVE HER AN EXTRA 38 FEET PUITTING HER TONNAGE UP TO OVER 1,000 BUT NOT 100% SURE )



THERE WAS YET ANOTHER VESSEL CALLED GANGE'S DATING FROM 1842 WHICH HAD MADE A VOYAGE FROM PLYMOUTH TO AUCKLAND IN 1842

ITS DIFFICULT TO RESEARCH THIS VESSEL AS SO MANY VESSELS HAD THE SAME NAME AND WERE IN SERVICE EITHER AT THE SAME TIME OR CLOSE TOGEATHER.

 THERE WAS ANOTHER VESSEL CALLED GANGE'S, A STEAMSHIP BELONGING TO PENISULAR & ORIENT BUILT AROUND 1882 AND WAS A VESSEL OF 4,168 TONS.SHE CAUGHT ON FIRE WHILST IN BOMBAY HARBOUR ON 1ST JULY 1898 THERE WERE OTHER GANGES I.E 1906 ( 3RD NOURSE LINE SHIP CALLED GANGES ) AND ONE'S DATING FROM 1930 AND 1950

 

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