Created by the Australian National Maritime Museum Library to help family historians find pictures of ships in the era before popular photography. This list covers fully rigged sailing ships. These vessels are often referred to by the term "ship" which means a vessel with square sails on all masts. Use this when your search for a named ship portrait is unsuccessful and look for one with a similar tonnage, place and decade of build. Get these physical details about your ship from shipping lists, shipping reports in the newspaper and registers of shipping. Each entry has an online image and will give you an idea of what your ship would have looked like.
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Fully rigged ship 366 tons built New York in 1809.
Ship 387 tons built of teak in India in 1826, This long lived vessel made made several voyages to Australia as an immigrant ship and also as a convict transport. Oil painting by William Adolphus Knell in 1840.
ship 393 tons built Thames in 1788. Artist / Maker: William John Huggins Image: BHC3283. Date: circa 1830.
Ship 424 tons built Calcutta in 1820
Ship 447 tons built in 1834 at Sunderland in Britain for Henry Mitcalfe. Henry Mitcalfe was the member for Tynemouth in 1841. Later became a barque. Often spelt Henry Metcalfe. This vessel made several voyages to Australia with bounty immigrants. From the Australian National Maritime Museum Collection. 00046949 .
Fully rigged ship of 481 tons built London, Thames in 1822. From the National Maritime Museum Greenwich collection. BHC3639.
The ALEXANDER was launched in 1828 for Toulmin and Co, at London. It was 523 registered tons, rigged as a ship and served as a mixed passenger/cargo vessel. It is reported to have arrived, departed or been in Sydney in 1835, 1836, 1840, 1844 and 1847. The master from 1835 to 1844 was W. Ramsay, and it was trading between England, Australia, the Orient and India.
ship 533 tons c.1850's
Ship 617 tons built in Liverpool in 1834. The vessel's first journey was to Calcutta in 1836-37 after that to China and Australia.
Fully rigged ship 687 tons. Built 1834. William Isaac Olive built the square-rigged ship Albion in 1834 at Carleton, New Brunswick. The Albion was sold at Liverpool in 1848. From the New Brunswick Museum collection.
Ship 724 tons built in Sunderland in 1844, owned by Somes Brothers and registered in London. Served on the Australian immigrant trade.
ship 758 tons. East Indiaman. Traded to India 1778-1780. Artist / Maker:
Francis Holman. Image: BHC4171 Date: 1779 .
Matilda Wattenbach ship 955 tons built in 1853 at St Helier’s Jersey by Fredrick Clarke. On the Australia run.
Ship 967 tons built Aberdeen by Walter Hood in 1858.
ship Ship 968 tons built 1873 at Sunderland. The Devitt & Moore clipper packet Barossa a vessel on the Australia run.
The 'Seringapatam' East Indiaman, 1000 Tons'. The ship was built by Green in 1837 as the first of the 'Blackwall frigates'.
Clipper Ship 'Blackwall', 1000 Tons built in London in 1850 o for the London to Australia run.
ship 1016 tons built 1863.
"Tea clipper 'Wild Deer' Built in Charles Connell's Shipyard at Glasgow, on the Clyde, for William Walker of London and launched in 1863. She was the first of Charles Connell's composite ships, with a teak bottom and elm planking. She was at first under the command of Captain George Cobb, a well-known racing skipper in the China Tea trade. In 1866, she was sold to the Albion Shipping Company and in 1871 was used for the New Zealand immigrant trade. She was a popular and comfortable immigrant ship and made ten successful voyages there. At the commencement of her 11th voyage in 1883 she ran aground on the coast of Ireland . ."
ship, 1057-tons built at Saint John New Bruswick in 1862. Painting by William Gay York (1817-about 1882). From the New Brunswick Museum Collection.
ship Eleanor, 1062 tons, built in 1854 at Quaco, New Brunswick. From the New Brunswick Museum Collection.
'The Clipper ship 'Highflyer' 1111 Tons. To Richard Green Esqr, & Captain A Enright...'. The ship was built by Green's at Blackwall in 1860 for their London to Australia run
'Roxburgh Castle', 1121 tons, was built at Sunderland in 1852 for Richard Green and registered for voyages from London to Sydney.
Fully rigged ship 1141 tons built United States at Massachusetts in 1874. Wrecked at Newcastle NSW in 1884. Australian National Shipwreck Database entry https://apps5a.ris.environment.gov.au/shipwreck/public/wreck/wreck.do?key=1742
Ship 1219 tons, Built New Brunswick 1853. Oil painting by Joseph Heard.
'The 'Alfred' East Indiaman'. A Green company Blackwall frigate of 1291 tons (old measure) built by Green's in 1845 for the London to Calcutta run
Clipper ship 'Swiftsure' 1326 Tons. Built in East Boston USA in 1854, and was operated by R. & H. Green on the London to Australia run.
Ship 1374 tons built St John, New Brunswick in 1852. vessel for the Australian trade
Clipper Ship 'Shannon', 1450 Tons C. L. F. Daniell Esq. Commander'. The ship was built by Green's at Blackwall in 1868 for their London to Australia run.
ship 1626 tons built By James Smith at St John New Brunswick in 1851
The full-rigged ship ABERFOYLE was built for Gavin Cowper of Glasgow by McMillan's, Dumbarton in 1885. It was registered at 1,661 tons gross (1597 net) and measured 259 ft in length with a beam of 38 ft. It was the owner's only vessel. ABERFOYLE was sold to new owners in 1892 and again in 1898. It was recorded as still trading in 1908 but disappearred from the records shortly after this date.
'The 'Agamemnon', East Indiaman, 1700 Tons. To Captain Charles Hyne & the Officers of the Ship'. The ship is flying the Green Blackwall line house flag at the main. She was built by Green's at Blackwall in 1855 for the London to Australia run.
'The 'Carlisle Castle', 1700 Tons Austin Cooper Commander'. The ship was built in 1868 by Green's at Blackwall for their London to Australia run.
Ship 1750 tons built Clifton New Brunswick in 1862. Illustrated London News, Vol.41,November 18,1862,p.400. Vessel on the Australian run.
Fully rigged ship 1783 tons built East Boston Mass. USA in 1851.
The SOBRAON was a three-masted British clipper ship built at Aberdeen, Scotland by the famous shipbuilder, Alexander Hall. In 1866 it was the largest composite ship to be launched. For twenty-four years it acted as a passenger and freight transport between Britain and Australia. In 1891 the ship's owners Devitt and Moore sold SOBRAON to the NSW Government, who was seeking a replacement ship for the boy’s reformatory vessel moored off Cockatoo Island, Sydney. SOBRAON continued to be used as a reformatory until 1911 when it was replaced by a land based institute at Eastwood. In 1912 the SOBRAON was sold to the Commonwealth government and re-commissioned HHAS TINGIRA, as a Navy training facility. In 1927 the Navy decommissioned TINGIRA and after a number of subsequent owners it was broken up in 1942.
The 2901 ton DITTON was built by T R Oswald of Milford Haven for Leyland & Co in 1891. It was wrecked north of Borbjerg on 2 November 1921.