White Star Line: Blue Jacket
WSL Blue Jacket 1854-1883
Blue Jacket was built by William Wright and Sons in St. John, NB, Canada in 1854 for the White Star Line. She was a 1,790 ton clipper ship with a length of 235 feet and a beam of 41 feet. Her frame was constructed from wood which was steel sheathed with a dark blue hull from which she may have earned her name. Others say the name originated from the carved figure of a sailor or "bluejacket" which was her figurehead. Blue Jacket sailed from Liverpool on her first Australian voyage to Melbourne 6 March 1855 under Capt. E. Underwood in 68 days. For the next 29 years she carried immigrants to Australia and New Zealand. In 1883 she wrecked and sank in a storm at Tuskar Rock of the coast of Ireland.
Tuskar Rock, located off the Southeast coast of Ireland has claimed more ships than can be counted. Today, it has a lighthouse, fog signals, and radio beacons to warn vessels of its location.
Photo copyright:- Philip Plisson
Thomas Baines painting of Blue Jacket located at the National Library of Australia.
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