Edward Withy & Co

Re: Edward Withy & Co

Postby northeast » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:25 am

From the description of her as a long quarter-deck steamer, the general design would be similar to the slightly larger ANNANDALE from the same builder in the previous year, photo here

http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/view.ph ... =ANNANDALE

Re her loss, the Master is always in charge of his vessel, the buck stops there!
Cheers, George
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Re: Edward Withy & Co

Postby Roraima » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:35 pm

Thank you George for the information. It seems reasonable to assume that the Roraima looked very similar to the Annandale. Can you suggest where I might obtain a copy of the image displayed in the Annandale information?
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Re: Edward Withy & Co

Postby northeast » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:10 pm

Sorry I have it only as a scan as shown on the website.
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Re: Edward Withy & Co

Postby CLYDEBRAE » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:35 pm

Both the Annandale, described at her launch as principally built for the Mediterranean and Eastern trades, and the Roraima, which spent most of her life criss-crossing the Atlantic, were not only both built by Edward Withy, but also for the same owners, Steel, Young and Co. of Hartlepool and London. The descriptions of both suggest they are similar, as George states.

It would seem Captain George Picot commanded the Roraima from delivery until early February 1880 when Captain John Trattles took over. Whilst her regular run was to and from London, Dartmouth and Demerara she occasionally called elsewhere including Cardiff, Hartlepool, the Tyne and Uddevalla, with occasional forays North of Demerara including Barbados and New York in her first couple of years trading.

Without any additional calls her round voyage time was about 2 months. She departed London on 23rd December 1880, briefly stopping at Dartmouth on 25th December to pick up mail and passengers. She arrived Demerara 13th January and stopped off at Barbados on 20th January before departing for New York.

She stranded off Shark River Inlet, New Jersey on 1st February, as stated on Roraima's website. Master and crew elected to remain on board although a life saving team attended and were able to contact the ship. Press reports doubted she could be saved, but, having refloated, she entered New York on 8th February. Her initial schedule had anticipated loading back in London with ets 16th February, but her stranding resulted in final departure New York on 3rd March with arrival London on 22nd March.

Although Captain John Trattles was censured at the court hearing at the British Consulate in New York, no disciplinary action was taken. Equally the Roraima's owners retained faith in their Master and he remained in command for at least the next 2 round voyages.
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