NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
THE LOSS OF THE BARQUE TREVELYAN
03 JUNE 1888
EVENING STAR, ISSUE 7702, 28 AUGUST 1888
SHIPPING. A MISSING SHIP.
The barque Trevelyan (Captain W. ROBERTS), from Glasgow, is now long overdue at Port Chalmers. She left Glasgow on March 23, and is now consequently 168 days out. She is an iron barque of 2,012 tons. She is a slow sailer, and may be only making an extra long passage.
She was sighted on March 31, eight days after leaving Glasgow, in latitude 46deg N., longitude 14deg W., since when nothing has been reported of her.
She had but one passenger on board, Mr Alexander M. STORRIES, who was booked in the steerage for Dunedin.
Her crew, as far as the ship's papers show, was constituted as follows:
Master Captain William ROBERTS (formerly chief officer of the Hermione, of which vessel his father was for many years in command)
Chief officer Mr G. NOTT
Second officer Mr George W. VINEY
Steward Walter ANREWS
Cook James CAMPBELL
Carpenter Thomas BARRY
Sailmaker J. BISHOP
Able seamen J. E. RACINE, H. J. TILLEWIN, Francis John KING, B. E. MALONEY, A. MCAULEY, D. CAMPBELL, W. JONES
Apprentices A. GREAR, F. PANCKRIDGE
The Trevelyan's cargo included 46,000 gallons of spirits and 250 barrels of gunpowder. Her agents here are Messrs Dalgety and Co.
It is feared that the Trevelyan may be the vessel that was a couple of months or so ago sighted off the Cape of Good Hope by the Drummond Castle. It will be remembered that those on board the latter ship heard the captain of the doomed vessel shout out that he had lost his boats, and shortly afterwards the unknown ship went down with all on board.
PRESS, VOLUME XLV, ISSUE 7157, 19 SEPTEMBER 1888
THE BARQUE TREVELYAN.
We very much fear that there is not the slightest hope of the barque Trevelyan turning up, considering she is now 178 days out from Glasgow. On her last passage here from the Clyde, on which occasion she had over 1000 tons of cargo and 329 passengers, she made the passage from anchor to anchor in ninety-three days, and from land to land in eighty-nine days. On her present passage, so far as we know, she had only one paasenger, but a very large cargo, of which the greater part is spirits. In addition to this a considerable quantity of powder was shipped, so that should, unfortunately, any pillage have taken place and a fire ensued, an explosion must have occurred.
It is feared, therefore, that the fate of the Trevelyan will remain unexplained. It was mentioned the other day that a burning vessel was sighted by the barque Andreas Rus on July 10th, in lat. 29.11 N., long. 21.45 W. From careful inquiries made, we find that this could scarcely have been the Trevelyan. The Trevelyan was spoken on March 31st, in lat, 46N., long. 14W. eight days out; hence it seems apparent she could not have been in the position mentioned.
In reference to the theory about the vessel which was seen by the s.s. Drummond Castle foundering off Cape L'Agulhas being the Trevelyan, it is very improbable that she could have been in such a good position, as no vessel bound to the eastward ever goes within 300 miles of that point.
Vessels bound home from the east do go close in to Agulhas, and in many cases signal their numbers, while at the same time they are enabled to correct their longitude.
It is to be feared the Trevelyan has come to an untimely end either by collision, fire, or perhaps wreckage in the Southern Ocean. The latter, perhaps, would have been her fate, as Captain Streater, of the barque Lutterworth, reported sighting portions of boats, painted white, on August 14th, two days before he rounded Cape Leuwin. It is probable, although we scarcely think so, that the Trevelyan may have been wrecked either off Kerguelen's land or Amsterdam Island, and that some of the crew may have attempted to make Australia in the boats, which were afterwards destroyed and perhaps were those seen by the captain of the Lutterworth. Otago Daily Times.
EVENING NEWS (Sydney, NSW) TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER 1888 Page 5
The Missing Barque Trevelyan
London. October 24. A life buoy marked 'Trevelyan,' believed to have belonged to the missing barque Trevelyan, has been found off Koeburg. It is considered certain that the Trevelyan foundered off Cape Agulhas on June 3 last.
Also see WEAR BUILT SHIPS - TREVELYAN
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