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Pearce, William Alfred (1876) Photograph of the barque "Wild Wave". [Image] (Unpublished)

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Photograph of the barque "Wild Wave" a replacement vessel for the original brig "Wild Wave" that was lost at Roebuck Bay, Western Australia in November 1873. In this photograph the Wild Wave is docked alongside a Cowell Brothers Timber Merchants sign. The original business of Cowell Bros. was established in 1875 in Adelaide, Australia. The barque Wild Wave, 237 tons, was built in
England. The firm of Fisher and Facy sent Captain
John Fisher to England to purchase a vessel to replace
the original brig. He chose a vessel on the stocks at Liverpool.
It is said that she was being built as a gun brig for a
foreign power, possibly Spain. The new Wild Wave
arrived in the Derwent in July, 1876. Her owners were
displeased with her as her model and lines compared
unfavourably with Tasmanian built vessels that were
being launched. However, the Wild Wave became well
known in Australian and New Zealand ports and paid
good dividends under the house flag of Fisher and Facy.
This was a blue ground with a white star. She freighted
many loads of blue gum timber to intercolonial ports
and returned with wheat for Gibsons or Murdoch's
flour mills. She also trained many Tasmanian born
youths for the Mercantile Marine. Wild Wave sailed
out of Hobart under many masters, in fact she was the
last barque out of the port. When she was sold to Henry
Moss of Melbourne in 1923, she no doubt resented leaving
Tasmanian waters. In June of that year she was sulking
under the Nut at Stanley and parted from her anchors and beached. There her remains can be seen today. RS.81

Item Type: Image
Keywords: Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, science, natural science, social history, Australia, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, Van Diemen's Land, photograph, shipping
Publisher: Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Collections: Photograph Collection
Royal Society Collection
Additional Information:

Information from : Wooden hookers of Hobart Town ; and, Whalers out of Van Diemen's Land / compiled by Harry O'May. [Hobart, Tas.] : L.G. Shea, Government Printer, [19--] RoySoc SH 383.5 .A8 O45. Photograph: Pearce Collection RS 81/5
Painting of the original brig "Wild Wave" held by the Maritime Museum, Hobart https://ehive.com/account/3906/object/352225

Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 01:45
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2016 23:13
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