Type at loss : barkentine, wood, 3-mast (teak construction)

Build info : 1790, Moulmain, Burma

Specs : 135 ft., 600 t.

Date of loss : 1946,

Jul 4 Place of loss : Port Clinton, OH Lake : Erie

Type of loss : fire Loss of life : none Cargo : none

Detail : A museum ship. Built for the silk trade. Converted to a prison ship in 1851 and stationed at Sydney. Abandoned and scuttled at that place in 1868. Resurrected in 1890 and toured the world as a prison ship museum. Sailed to U.S. in 1912, leaving Liverpool the same day as the TITANIC. Retired in 1939 at Port Clinton. Later burned by arsonists. Sources : is(1-70),photo,mol,nsp,ttgl,sol,ledc

Above Information from Maratime History Dave Swayze Great Lakes Historian, Researcher and Author=09 Saginaw River Marine Historical Society homepage -

Subject: Re: Success Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 10:10:05 PST From: Paul Hundley <paulh@ANMM.GOV.AU> Reply-To: Marine History Information Exchange Group <MARHST-L@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA> To: Multiple recipients of list MARHST-L <MARHST-L@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA>

Greetings from the Land of Oz

Prompted by the recent postings regarding the Success, I thought I should add that the Australian National Maritime Museum has in its collections several objects relating to the Success. The earliest of these is a watercolour by Frederick Garling painted in 1849, prior to the vessel becoming a prison hulk and mock convict ship. From this later period there is a photographic print of the hulk Success at Circular Quay in Sydney, New South Wale betweem 1888 and 1894. From the last period of its career the Museum holds pamphlets on 'the convict ship "Success" printed in England in 1924 and in the United States in 1933.

The final item related to the ship is a photograph which was recently donated to the USA Gallery. It was taken on 4 July, 1946 and shows the Success engulfed in flames. This is one of a series of photographs taken by Mr. Lee Bracken, a past commodore of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, who witnessed the demise of the vessel.

Paul Hundley, Curator USA Gallery Australian National Maritime Museum

The USA Gallery was created in 1988 as a gift from the United States to Australia for its bicentennial. The exhibitions in this gallery relate to the shared maritime heritage of the two countries.

Subject: Re: Success Date: Thu, 10 Apr 1997 09:45:45 -0400 From: "Lincoln P. Paine" <MadKai@AOL.COM> Reply-To: Marine History Information Exchange Group <MARHST-L@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA> To: Multiple recipients of list MARHST-L <MARHST-L@QUCDN.QUEENSU.CA>

What follows is an unedited entry from the forthcoming Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia, due out in October from Houghton Mifflin. The text is copyright.

Success Barkentine (3m). L/B: 135' x 30' (41.1m x 9.1m). Tons: 622 net. Hull: wood. Built: Moulmein, Burma; 1840. Once advertised as the oldest merchant vessel afloat and a convict ship from Australia's first fleet in 1790, Success was one of the earliest floating maritime exhibits in the United States. Built for trading in the Orient, by 1849 she was working in the emigrant trade to Australia. Two years later she was abandoned there at the start of the Australian gold rush, but in 1853 the government seized her for use variously as a women's prison, a floating reformatory for boys and as an explosives warehouse. By 1885 she had been abandoned again, but in 1890 she was acquired for use as a waterfront curiosity. After two years in Australia, she sailed for Europe, and toured ports in Great Britain and on the continent for two decades. In 1912, her new American owners sailed her to Boston where she arrived after a 92-day crossing. Over the next 39 years she toured ports from New England to the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes. She attracted visitors at the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair and the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. Six years later she was laid up at Sandusky, Ohio, where she sank. In 1943, her last owner accidentally ran her aground outside of Port Clinton, Ohio, and decided to break her up. Her remains were burned by some local teenagers on the Fourth of July 1946. Source Brouwer, "The 'Convict Ship' Success."

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