ANDREW WEIR’S FIRST VESSEL, THE SAILING SHIP WILLOWBANK – LOST AFTER 10 YEARS SERVICE…

THIS IS THE LOCATION OF THE WRECK OF THE WILLOWBANK, WHICH HAD COLLIDED WITH THE SS BERLIN. (SEE REPORT FROM AN 1895 PAPER BELOW.). THE POOR OLD FALMOUTH PILOT WAS DROWNED.

WILLOWBANK SV was originally the full rigged ship Ambrose, with double top sails. Originally ordered by J Smirthwaite of Sunderland and launched by Master Ambrose Schilizzi (son of the owner) in 1885: When bought by Andrew Weir it started the nomenclature for his fleet (to be) having “Bank” as a theme for the ships. On the 22nd December 1895 at 4:30 am in thick weather with a Sw gale running, SV WILLOWBANK was in collision with the Red Star liner SS Berlin (5,526/95) and sank in 5 minutes, 12 miles west of Portland. Ss Berlin was on a cruise en-route from Antwerp to New York, while SV WILLOWBANK, loaded with nitrate was making for Hamburg via Falmouth from Caleta Buena. One life was lost. Chipchase Nick 19/09/2009 Built of iron by Wigham Richardson and Co of Newcastle. Owned by Andrew Weir and Co. ( Bank Line ). Lost in collision with SS Berlin approx 50 28 N  02 45 W on voyage Peru to Hamburg with a cargo of Nitrate of Soda. Some sources say that Berlin also sank but that does not appear to be the case.

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF THE TIME HERE……….

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