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History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications
from the first submarine cable of 1850 to the worldwide fiber optic network

John Seymour
Master Mariner
1841 - 1899

Ship: Blue Jacket (later White Star)

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Lithograph in colours by J. R. Isaac. Source: Frank C. Bowen, The Golden Age of Sail; Indiamen, Packets and Clipper Ships; with illustrations from contemporary engravings and paintings in the MacPherson Collection (London: Halton & Truscott Smith, 1925), plate 57.

Image from Alexander Turnbull library, identified as the Blue Jacket.

The British ship WHITE STAR, the name ship of the White Star Line of emigrant vessels from Liverpool to Boston, and of clippers to Australia and New Zealand, was built in 1854 by W. & R. Wright, St. John, New Brunswick, for the White Star line, and launched as the BLUE JACKET. 2,339 tons register; 258.6 x 40 x 28 ft (length x beam x depth of hold). She was at her launch considered the world's largest and most powerful merchant ship. Her maiden voyage from St. John to Liverpool, heavily laden with timber and against strong headwinds, was made in the remarkable time of 15 days.

20 April 1855, first voyage, Liverpool-Melbourne.

31 January 1856, one voyage, Liverpool-Mobile.

15 May 1859, one voyage, Liverpool-New York.

October 1859, hit the Gladiator after breaking her moorings during a storm in the Mersey; both vessels were damaged.

1860-1861, ran Melbourne-Hong Kong-Melbourne, with Chinese laborers and was then chartered to carry sheep from Australia to New Zealand.

24 June 1863, returned to Liverpool-Melbourne sailings.

1864, brought wool cargo home from New Zealand.

25 May 1867, last voyage, Liverpool-Melbourne.

1867, sold to Hutchinson, Withers & Jeffreys, Liverpool, and in 1867 transferred to the Royal Bank of Liverpool.

April 1868, sold to Merchants Trading Company, Liverpool.

31 July 1883, sailed from Calcutta for Liverpool;

24 December 1883, wrecked on Tuskar Rock, off the coast of Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Source: Roy Anderson White Star (Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson & Sons, 1964), p. 187.

From: Palmer List of Merchant Vessels and Alexander Turnbull Library

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