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Subject: Re: [NMB] FW: Ships of Blyth mid 1800s SIR JOHN RENNIE
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 07:02:17 EDT
In a message dated 08/08/2009 11:09:29 GMT Daylight Time,
I would be interested in any information that anyone would have on the
following ship. I understand that she sank in the Baltic Sea in October
following a storm.
Richard E Keys' book "The Sailing Ships of Aln and Coquet" (1993,
ISBN 0 952 1275 0 4) gives a few more details than you have done:
Sir John Rennie (1845-1848) - these are the years she was Aln/Coquet
Brig 203 tons 79.7 x 21.3 x 14.2 feet
1845: built Sunderland by Edward Brown
Owners: 12.2.1845: Thomas Browne (56/64), Amble; John Murdock (8/64),
Masters: 12.1.1845: John Murdock. 6.5.1847: Thomas Steward. 4.2.1848:
On 1 February 1848 the Sir John Rennie was sold to William Tomlin sen,
of Limehouse. She was transferred to the London register three months
later. Lloyd's Register for 1856 gives her owner as J Harper.
The Aln and Coquet used to be two busy little ports just a few miles
north of Blyth. Alnmouth exported mainly corn, being linked by a long
cross-country road known as "The Corn Road" to Hexham in Tynedale. Amble, at
the mouth of the Coquet seems to have begun with a similar trade but ended up
as an almost-entirely coal-exporting port.
As you probably know, the only real difference between a brig and a
snow was the single fore-and-aft sail of the snow, so one was frequently and
easily changed into the other. For all we hear a lot of "collier brigs",
most of them were in fact, snow-rigged.