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Name: BUCCANEER
Type: Cable Laying Support Ship
Launched: 08/09/1885
Completed: 09/1885
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 192
Dimensions: 785grt, 460nrt, 580dwt, 190.0 x 28.2 x 20.0ft
Engines: C2cyl (30 & 61 x 39ins),180nhp
Engines by: J Wigham Richardson & Co, Low Walker
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 91871
History:
09/1885 Indian Rubber, Gutta Percha & Telegraph Works Co, London
31/07/1914 Wrecked
Comments: Built as a support vessel for the Company's cable layer SILVERTOWN
She had no cable machinery but did have two cable tanks. At a later date she was fitted with equipment for cable retrieval
1885: Assisted in laying the telegraph cables between Bathurst and St Vincent, as well as assisting in laying and repairing cables up and down the West African coast.
1885 1886: Used as an Oceanographic survey vessel between Cape Verdes to Equatorial Africa and Ascension Island, taking soundings and observations of the Ocean currents. After which she resumed her normal role
1895: Working in the West Indies and Cuban areas
Cables laid included: Tunas Casilda; Tunas Jucaro; Gape Cruz Manzanillo
31/07/1914: Wrecked 7nm south of Tamatave, Madagascar
On a voyage from Reunion to Tamatave with a cargo of submarine cable


Above photo copyright of Bill Glover