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Alcides - (1901-1911)
See also : The Irish Ships Wreck Site.
"Alcides" was build in 1892.
The Anglo-American Oil Company's iron hulled barque "Alcides" was a familiar sight on the USA-Japan-China run.
At the turn of the century, many Old China Hands made their trip out to China in vessels such as these.
"Alcides", a steel bark drydocked at the Newport News Shipyards in Virginia circa 1917.
"Alcides" - 10.1892 - 2,704GT
Built by Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co. for John R. flaws & Co., Liverpool.
Measurements: 312 feet length x 43 feet breadth.
Four-masted steel barque.
1911: Sold (Norwegian).
8.1917: Torpedoed and sunk off Tory Island.
The "Alcides" had double topgallant yards and royals and carried a main spencer (trysail), very useful in light winds.
She had splendid accommodation, large rooms and was well furnished. Her best passage under the Haws' flag
was in 1895 when she sailed from Hong Kong to New York in 83 days.
Steel 4-masted barque, 2704 gross tons, 106,000 cases
Built 1892 at Grangemouth Dockyard, Scotland, for other owners and purchased in 1900 by Anglo-American
to carry case oil to China.
Not much is known about this vessel except that she did her share of the work and got profitable backhauls
for the homeward-bound voyages. She was sold in 1912 for £ 6000. At the end of WWI, world tonnage was
so short that she was resold by her new owners for £ 66,750 !
1917 July 31, Torpedoed by the German submarine U-54 off Tory Island, Ireland, with the loss of the
entire crew (23 man ).
The Miramar Ship Index for "ALCIDES"
1900- 1912 for Anglo-American Oil Co.
Torpedoed by the German submarine U-54 300nm W Lough Swilly 31.07.1917 (23 dead)
Additional Information :
A four-masted steel barque built in 1892 by Grangemouth Dockyard Co, Alloa.
Dimensions 95,11×13,15×7,41 meters [ 312'1"×43'2"×24'4" ] and tonnage 2704 GRT and 2492 NRT.
Rigged with with royal sails over double top and topgallant sails.
1892 August 10
Launched at the shipyard of Grangemouth Dockyard Co., Alloa, for Ship Alcides Co. Ltd. (J.R. Haws & Co.), Liverpool.
Assigned the official British Reg. No. 99445. Captain L.C. Dart late of the same owner's four-masted barque Semantha
was given command of the new vessel.
1892 August 11 - November 25
Sailed from San Francisco to London in 105 days.
1894 December 18 - March 11
Sailed from Hong Kong to New York in 83 days.
Sold to Anglo-American Oil Co. (J. McDonald), London. To be used in the case-oil trade.
Dis-masted in the Sunda Straits during a typhoon. The four-masted barque Robert Rickmers which had been spoken to
on October 8 was most probably lost in the same typhoon.
1911 April - 1912 March
In command of Captain John C.B. Jarvis, Dundee.
Sold to A/S Alcides (O.N. Henriksen), Risør, Norway, for £ 6000. Captain J.M. Skaugen.
Sold to A/S Alcides (A/S Henriksen & Skaugen), Risør.
Sold to Skibs A/S Noreg (Lauritz Sundt & J.M. Holst), Kristiania, Norway, for £ 66.750. Captain H. Halvorsen.
1917 July 31
Torpedoed by the German submarine U-54 off Tory Island, Ireland, with the loss of the entire crew.
1918 March 27
Entered as "untraced" in Lloyd's records.
[ Lloyd's War Losses. The First World War. Casualties to Shipping through Enemy Causes 1914-1918 ]