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Name: AMBROSE
Type: Iron barque
Launched: 26/03/1861
Completed: 1861
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune, Low Walker
Yard Number: 2
Dimensions: 862grt, 777udt, 1112dwt, 190.0 x 32.0 x 20.0ft
Engines: None
Engines by: n/a
Propulsion: Sail
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 29641
History:
1861 JP Schilizzi & Co, Liverpool
1870 Edward Bates, Liverpool
1882 James Foote Gibb, Ratcliff Dry Dock; renamed WILLOWBANK
1885 Robert Barr & Andrew Weir, Glasgow
22/12/1895 Sank
Comments: She was a full rigged ship, with double top sails
Originally ordered by J Smirthwaite of Sunderland
Launched by Master Ambrose Schilizzi (son of the owner)
1885: When bought by Andrew Weir it started the nomenclature for his fleet (to be) having “Bank” as a theme for the ships
22/12/1895: At 4:30 am in thick weather with a SW gale running, AMBROSE was in collision with the Red Star liner BERLIN (5,526/95) and sank in 5 minutes, 12 miles west of Portland
BERLIN was on a cruise en-route from Antwerp to New York, while WILLOWBANK, loaded with nitrate was making for Hamburg via Falmouth from Caleta Buena. One life was lost


Above photo courtesy of the Ian Rae collection