Clipper Patricia.

Built as an auxiliary three masted schooner for the Baltic Trades in 1932 by C. Luhring at Kirch-Hammelwarden (later shown as Brake) for Captain Johannes Suhr of Stade.

Length 109.7ft; Breadth 23.0ft; Depth 8.9ft; Poop 23ft Fcs 15ft. Registered Hamburg and fitted with a 3cy, 35 nhp engine by Humboldt-Deutzmotoren. By 1938 she had been lengthened to 127.9ft with a gross tonnage of 237.

In 1952 she was given a new 250 bhp engine and converted into a motor vessel of 330 gross tons. As such she traded to the East coast of England for a number of years before being laid-up in the mid 70's when she was bought by an Australian called Robert Bruderer who wanted to rig her as a barquentine for world wide cruising. She arrived on the River Tyne in 1974 for this work to be carried out by R. B. Harrison & Son who carried out the work on the Eppleton Hall before she crossed the Atlantic. Unfortunately the money ran out and she was bought in 1978 by an American Attorney called Hugh G. Lawrence for conversion to a three masted schooner. He went to our local University for advice on stability, rig etc and she was fitted with two 16 inch dia steel masts, a raised navigating bridge and rebuilt poop accommodation. The money ran out again and she appeared at various berths on the river of the next few years. Eventually more money was found and the work was completed. On the 2nd December 1989 she loaded cargo at Newcastle Quay and left the River enroot for Miami under the Command of Captain Mike Anderson and seven crew which included Mike Lawrence, son of the owner. When she sailed she was Bermudan-rigged on the fore and main mast's and carried a Flettner rotor in her hold for fitting at a later date. We know she reached Miami some time in early 1990 but we have failed to obtain any additional information about her subsequent movements.

Any information you could provide about her subsequent life would be most welcome.

Paul Hood.

Hon. Sec. World Ship Society Tyneside Branch.

Paul.K.Hood@btinternet.com

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