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THE COLONIAL CLIPPERS by Basil Lubbock
 
Clipper Sailing Ships
 
The Power of Gold
Emigrant Ships to Australia in the Forties.
Report on Steerage Conditions in 1844.
The Discovery of Gold in Australia
Melbourne and its Shipping 1851-2
 
Aviemore 
Blue Jacket
Centurion 
Champion of the Seas 
Cutty Sark
Donald Mackay
Ethiopian
Heather Bell 
James Baines
Jerusalem 
John Bunyan
Maid of Judah
Nineveh
Orient 
Red Jacket
Schimberg
Thyatira 
 
Walter Hood
White Star
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tall Ships 2007 Wall Calendar

 

 

THYATIRA

 

The Thyatira, Thompson’s first composite ship, was also a very ticklish vessel to handle when wool-laden. One her maiden voyage she went out to Melbourne in 77 days, but took 96 days to get home, during which passage she gave her officers much anxiety owing to her extreme tenderness.

Captain Mark Breach, one of the best known of the Aberdeen White Star captains, entered the employ of the firm as the second mate on the newly launched Thyatira. The Thyatira was on the berth for Melbourne when he joined her. One his second y aboard he was superintending the stowage of cargo in the hold, when old Stephen Thompson cam down to have a look around. The Thyatira’s owner happened to be smoking a fine meerschaum pipe, an young Breach, being completely ignorant of the identity of the visitor, immediately went up to him and informed him in no uncertain language that his lighted pipe was dead against all rules and regulations. Mr. Thompson, without disclosing his identity, at once apologized and returned his pipe to its case. Presently when the visitor had departed, the mate asked Mr. Breach what he had been talking to Mr. Thompson about. And one may well imagine tat the new second mate was somewhat scared when he learnt that it was his owner to whom he had been laying down the law. However, the mate comforted him by telling him that Stephen Thompson had been very pleased and prophesied that he would be a good servant to the company.

Mark Breach afterwards served as mate of the Miltiades, then commanded the Jerusalem, Aviemore, and finally the famous Patriarch.

The Thyatira was a very favourite ship and mad some very good passages. She and the Jerusalem both loaded team home for China on more than one occasion, and made passages of under 110 days in the N.E. monsoon.

 
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10/04/2006