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From: Peter Klein <>
Subject: [MAR] The Rothiemurchus
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:09:18 +0100 (BST)
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Hello Listers,

Following a recent posting, it might be worthwhile to post information, in part aired off-list, concerning the Rothiemurchusof Leith, that was wrecked in the Baltic on her way in ballast to St. Petersburgh, after leaving Leith on the 3rd September 1818.  She ended up on the Naas Reef, near Wisby, Gotland, when "driven on shore" on the 15th September, but her origins may possibly be of more general interest.  

The vessel last appeared in the Lloyd's Registers in 1818, but she does not feature between 1812 and 1815, and part of the explanation is that this was not the name under which she originally sailed.  Previously launched and known as The Bell of London, she was evidently owned by the Admiralty, presumably as a supply vessel or transport, but she was advertised as up for sale prior to the Congress of Vienna and Wellington's subsequent campaign in Europe.  In the Caledonian Mercury of the 5th March 1815 there appears the following:  

"By Authority of the Right Honourable the Judge of The High Court of Admiralty.  On Wednesday the 22d day of March 1815, there is to be exposed to public roup [auction] and sale, before the said Judge, at Edinburgh, within the Ordinary Court place, at two o'clock afternoon, The Ship or Vessel sometime called THE BELL OF LONDON, now the ROTHIEMURCHUS, With her haill [whole] furniture and apparelling, conform to inventory, as presently lying in the harbour of Cromarty, which ship was built at Kingston Port, in Elgin, and launched in the year 1812, and admeasures per register 315 30-94th tons, and is then to be set up at the sum of L.4200 14s. 3d. Sterling.  The conditions of sale, and inventory of the said Ship or Vessel, together with the certificate of registry, are to be seen at the Admiralty Office, Parliament Square, or in the hands of Mr John Peat, one of the Procurators of Court, any awful [sic] day betwixt and the time of sale."

This sale evidently did not result in a buyer, and "the Rothiemurchus of London" was re-advertised as for sale in Edinburgh on the 18th October 1815, and was now "presently lying in the harbour of Leith", although her former name was no longer mentioned.  This time she was "set up at the sum of three thousand pounds Sterling", presumably the reserve.  Again she did not sell, and was again advertised for sale on the 8th November, this time set up at £2500.  By the 26th February 1816 "the New Ship Rothiemurchus" had indeed found a new master, George Watson, and was advertised as ready to receive goods, and bound for Quebec in early April.

I can find no trace of any of her movements between her 1812 launch and her sale.


Peter Klein


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