Blackadder (clipper)

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Name: Blackadder
Port of registry:  United Kingdom
Builder: Maudslay, Sons & Field
Launched: 1 February 1870
Owner: J.Aalborg
Port of registry:  Norway Kragerø
Acquired: 1900
Fate: Wrecked 5 November 190
General characteristics
Type: Iron-hulled clipper
Tons burthen: 917
Length: 66.0 m (216 ft 6 in)
Beam: 10.7 m (35 ft 1 in)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship, re-rigged as barque[1]

Blackadder was a clipper ship, a sister ship to Hallowe'en, built in 1870 by Maudslay, Sons & Field at Greenwich for John Willis.

Blackadder was dismasted on her maiden voyage due to failures in the mast fittings and rigging. She "was able to reach the Cape under jury rig 63 days out."[1] John Willis took legal action against the builders which dragged on to such an extent that her sister ship, Hallowe'en, was not handed over to Willis until nearly 18 months after her launch. After John Willis died in 1900, Blackadder was bought by J. Aalborg of Kragerø in Norway. On 5 November 1905 she was wrecked whilst on passage from Barry to Bahia loaded with coal.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruzelius, Lars (Oct. 10, 2001). "Sailing Ships: "Blackadder"" (1870)". Blackadder. The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 

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