GOTHENBURG 674 gross tons, 450 net. Lbd: 187'4" x 28'2" x 12'9". Built by John Scott Russell at Millwall, London as a passenger ship for the North of Europe S N Co., London. Acquired June 1862 and lengthened 1873 Lbd: 196'6" x 28'2" x 20"5". A first class clipper steamer rigged with three masts, yards on the fore mast and funnel set aft, she was placed upon the Australia - Otago run. Also worked out of Adelaide doing the mail run to Darwin. On a return journey from Darwin with a compliment of leading members of the South Australian Bar and judiciary, as well as many returning goldiggers. In a heavy gale (some record state heavy cyclone) off Great Barrier Reef on 24th February 1875 she was wrecked, approx 24 miles from Cape Upstart with a loss of 102 souls or more. The wreck made news far and wide, especially of the gold bullion she allegedly carried, yet unsalvaged. Captain William Collin of Brisbane (and later shipowner) procured a 'Wreckers Licence' with a view to salvage of the wreck. Finding the vessel's remains as mast and forecastel only being visible above waterline, his diver designate then explored the wrecked remains. No gold Bullion box was found and, it seems, such had already been recovered previously as reported to Captain Collin by the Custom Officials at Bowen|
UNO Of 35 tons and built at Melbourne in 1864. Under Capt McMeckan, struck the bar at Grey River New Zealand on 18th November 1865. She was either owned or merely commanded by Captain McMeckan. Records obscure
HAVILAH 301 gross tons, 166 net. Lbd: 151' x 22' x 13'4". Iron steamship, 2 cylinder making 55 horsepower and schooner rigged of 3 masts. Built as a passenger vessel by C Mitchell & Co., Low Walker Tyne for Charles & J F Bowman of South Australia, and Hugh McMeckan - Master Mariner in partnership. Serviced the Melbourne and Adelaide in 1854 as a passenger vessel under agency of this concern, their first managed vessel. Owners since: May 1858 Samuel White, reg., Port Adelaide. June 1861 G Fisher & Partners who traded as Launceston & Melbourne S N Co of Launceston, Tasmania. July 1866 W A Guesdon & Partners reg., Hobart. October 1867 Tasmanian Steam Navigation Co. May 1868 Mort & McArthur reg., Sydney. November 1869 ASN Co. November 1873 French owners at Noumea. July 1878 J C Lloyd reg Sydney and November 1884 Mount Kembla Coal & Oil Co. With her return to Australian registry from Noumea, she was converted into a collier by either J C Lloyd or ensuing purchaser and was converted into a hulk prior to 1900, effectively ending her status as a ship per se. Records state she was broken up in 1911. Havilah means "Land of Gold"
ALHAMBRA 642 gross tons, 373 net. Lbd: 209'3' x 27'1" x 16'3". Iron screw steamship, 2 cylinders producing 140 horsepower and rigged with 3 masts. Passenger vessel built by Samuel Bros, Millwall London, 1855 for the Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Co, London. December 1862 came under ownership of this concern with her tonnage increased to 766 gross and 497 net. As a passenger vessel, she ran on the Melbourne - New Zealand route, later servicing Melbourne - Adelaide, and for a while to Suva, Fiji. Nipper & See acquired her in December 1882. July 1883 saw S Marsden of Sydney take ownership. April 1884 H Perdriau and later in November by A Wheeler Jnr. From about 1883 she became a collier, with her reportedly being under the auspices of the Wallsend Coal Company. She foundered seven miles east of Newcastle, after striking a derelict vessel, possibly the American J T Berry, near Port Stephens, New South Wales, 30 June 1888