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Alacrita - (1903-1907)
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Four masted steel barque "Alacrita", built in 1903.
Measurements 265 feet length X 40 feet breadth, 1974 Grt.
Was lost in 1907.
Built 1903 at Rodger's of Glasgow, Scotland, ALACRITA (and her duplicate Radiant) was distinctive among the
oil sailers in that she was a three-masted vessel, while all the others built to the company's own design we're
four-masted barques. The distinction was not to her advantage, since she soon acquired the reputation of
Her fate is one of the mysteries of the sea. She was last seen as she left the tip of Africa bound across the
South Indian Ocean for Hong Kong. She disappeared and was never heard of again. The most likely con-
jecture is that while sailing through the Roaring Forties she broached to, shifted her cargo and foundered. At
the next yearly visit of a British cruiser to the Indian Ocean, special stops were made at the tiny uninhabited
islands of New Amsterdam and St Paul, with the thought that she may have hit these islands or made for
them after her accident. No trace of her men was found there - or anywhere else. The mystery other loss
has never been solved.
The Miramar Ship Index for "ALACRITA"
[ Possibly launched as ORFORD ]
Missing - sailed Delagoa Bay 04.08.1907 for Hong Kong.