Flk “Aviemore” (1905)

Text: Skipshistorie.net / The factory ships (2013)

Flk "Aviemore"

AVIEMORE in an unnamed Australian port. Photo: State Library of Victoria.

1870 Built as a full rig AVIEMORE ved W. Hood, Aberdeen, Scotland for G. Thompson & Co., Aberdeen. The price was reportedly £ 40 000 when it was new.

1888 Purchased in Norway.

1889 Registered in Norway without owner and domicile according to Lloyds reg.

1890 According to Lloyds Records of 1890 then it was registered in Fredrikstad. As owners Ellen Lines Ship Co. (?). If you look in the book “Sailing ship in Sandar and Sandefjord” so it stands with A / S Aviemore (L.G.S. Larsen, Hauan as manager), Sandefjord who owns between 1891 and 1908. Rigged about like a bark.

1900 Sold to Johan Bryde. Appointed manager of A / S Aviemore until 1905. rebuilt.

1905 Purchased by I / S Alfa & Beta (Thor Dahl and A. F. Klaveness d.e.), Sandefjord 11/3-1905 from Johan Bryde for NOK 30 000. Converted to liquid whale cooking w / 6 pressure based boilers and 4 open cookware. The capacity was then 100 grab the clock. The ship's load capacity was approx. 4 000 fat. Arctic whaling with Green Harbor on Svalbard as a base 1905-1908. Total production stated to 8 003 fat

To the left: Apparently AVIEMORE in Green Harbor on Svalbard to the right of the picture. The ship to the left is Flk VALE.

Aviemore at the harbor in Sandefjord (that. in the middle of the picture). The whale boats Alfa and Beta to the right moored separately at the harbor. Photo: Whaling Museum's photo archive.

Aviemore and Alfa and Beta on Svalbard. Photo: Whaling Museum's photo archive.

1908 Hired by the newly established (1908) Breaking & Dahls Hvalfangerselskab A / S (Thor Dahl and Ingvald Bryde (Chr. Christensen's son-in-law)) for South Georgia catches from the Godthul base during the seasons 1908-1912. The company had purchased part of Ernest Swinhoe's license from The South Georgia Exploration Company for £ 1 500. AVIEMORE came to South Georgia with the whaling boat EDDA and SNORRE. I. M. Bryde was the captain. The catch from there started 08/01-1908. They used the Godthul land base during the seasons 1908-1912.

1909 In the spring came AVIEMORE home with 3 400 fat hvalolje. This was very bad. There was simply a lack of cash for crew demarcation. Using the pilots at Hvasser, became AVIEMORE directed to Kristiania (Oslo). Thor Dahl had to contact Castberg's bank manager at Christiania Bank- and Kreditkasse and asked if he could get a loan on the cargo. It was arranged, and the whole load was stored in a large basement that he had to rent. This was cumbersome, for each time an oil sale was to be effected

1912 Thor Dahl writes to the Royal Danish Government in Copenhagen on a whaling license in Greenland for the cookery AVIEMORE and the whaling boats ALFA and BETA. The license was not granted. Lars Christensen takes over as manager.

1913 Thor Dahl and Lars Christensen take over Thos. J. Wiborg's French Catch Catch. Here they were directed to a field near Libreville where the cookery was used AVIEMORE and the whaling boats ALFA and BETA. This field yielded a meager yield. When 2 800 barrels for the season 1913.

1914 The catch continued in the summer 1914 with the same boats. This season just gave 2 500 fat. When the world war broke out became AVIEMORE set to shipping.

1916 Disappeared in the Atlantic in November while traveling from Halifax, Nova Scotia til Liverpool, UK with lumber. The company states that it was 17 man on board, the consulate states 14.

1918 The whaling company I / S Alfa & Beta is deleted by the company register.

From the explanation of the sea:

Bk. »Aviemore« (H.N.B.M.) by Sandefjord, disappeared while traveling from Halifax N.S. to Liverpool in November / December 1916.
From surveys conducted through the consulate in Halifax and interrogations recorded in Sandefjord as well as the Maritime Office's and Det norske Veritas's registers, it appears, that the ship was built in Aberdeen in 1870 of hardwood materials. length 215, width 36,5 and depth 22,2 eng. phot. Its register tonnage was 1109 br. and 1 043 netto ton. The ship was last inspected by Det norske Veritas in May 1913 and obtained class A.2., carrying capacity 3.L. for 3 aar. In July 1916 after a Beseen Report (a kind of inspection) was submitted to Det norske Veritas, became the class of the ship, where was the expiration in may s. a., extended for a trip to America and back to Europe, where the periodic inspection was to be carried out. The ship was in dry dock in Liverpool in July 1916.
Furnishings and equipment were inspected by the Norwegian Ship- control i 1915 and so on in January 1916.
At the departure from Halifax N.S. the ship had a crew of 14 man according to the task of the consulate. The shipping company has a crew list 17 man, but declares that it is deficient.
The cargo consisted of 439 std, spruce boards in rooms and on deck.
Later, nothing has been heard from or about ship and crew, why the ship must be considered lost and the crew killed.
According to the information available, it must be assumed, that the ship has been in seaworthy condition when sailing from Halifax.
The causes of the ship's disappearance are thus not disclosed, but can probably be due to the addition of ordinary sea casualties as well as war losses.

The case is closed.

Possibly. coloring of Focal Photo / Geir Rosset.

sources: Rosset, Geir. 2013: The factory ships. Novus publishing house.