ROBERT LOWE / IRON CROSS

ROBERT LOWE WAS A VESSEL OF 1.049 / 1,220  TONS, WITH AN IRON HULL. SHE WAS FITTED WITH A 1 SCREW STEAM ENGINE ( REMOVED IN 1870 )  SHE HAD BEEN BUILT IN  1854 FOR W S LINDSAY OF LONDON ( PERHAPS BETTER KNOWN FOR THE COMPANY HE FOUNDED IN 1845 -  GALBRAITH, PEMBROKE & CO )  AND OWNED BY   WILLIAM SCHAW LINDSAY & CO OF LONDON 

 IN 1860 THE MAORI WARS WERE RAGING, AND SHAW SAVILLE & CO ACTED AS AGENTS FOR THE ADMIRALTY,THE ROBERT LOWE WAS ONE OF THE VESSELS THAT THEY MANAGED.

SHE SAILED FROM QUEENSTOWN IN SEPTEMBER 1860 FOR AUCKLAND CARRYING TROOPS OF THE 14TH REGIMENT AND OTHER PASSENGERS.

SHE WAS THEN USED BY SHAW SAVILLE & CO AS A WOOL SHIP, PROBABLY ONE OF THE EARLIEST VESSELS USED ON SUCH TRADE.

IN 1867 SHE WAS OWNED BY RICHARD YOUNG ( WISBECH )


1869 SHE WAS OWNED BY ALEXANDER GRAINGER LINN OF LONDON


1875/1881 SHE WAS OWNED BY HENRY FERNIE AND/OR DAVIS FERNIE OF LIVERPOOL


IN 1890 SHE WAS OWNED BY THE LIVERPOOL SHIPPING CO LTD

IN 1870 SHE WAS RENAMED IRON CROSS. THE ABOVE PICTURE SHOWS HER AS THE IRON CROSS WITH ENGINE REMOVED

SHE WAS WRECKED ON 6TH SEPTEMBER 1891 WHILE ON A VOYAGE FROM GELFLE TO MELBOURNE ( HIT THE ROCKS NEAR SODERAM LIGHT )

 



ROBERT LOWE


ROBERT LOWE WAS A VESSEL OF 883 TONS BUILT IN 1870 BY PALMERS SHIP BUILDING CO LTD.SHE HAD A 1 SCREW ENGINGE FITTED AND WAS USED FOR CABLE LAYING


SHE WAS WRECKED IN THICK FOG ON 20TH NOVEMBER 1873 IN ST MARYS BAY NEWFOUNDLAND ON VOYAGE TO ST.JOHNS

NO SHAW SAVILL & ALBION CONNECTION FOR REFERENCE AND AVOID CONFUSION IN THE IDETIFICATION OF THE  SHAW SAVILL & CO CHARTERED VESSEL ( WHICH HAD JUST CHANGED NAMES FROM ROBERT LOWE TO IRON CROSS )

 

 

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