The picture above is of the Norwegian owned "Eva SV" which was
built by the Tay Shipping Company , Dundee. They also built the
Acorn to similar size and design. This gives you some idea
of what the Acorn would have looked like.
The Acorn was a wooden 3 mast barque built in 1855 and was 119
ft long with a female figurehead. Her official number was
No. 25975 and she
was designed for a crew of 8. She was used as an Ice transport
ship operating between Norway and Grimsby.
At the time of sinking she was owned by
H A Roed,
Sandefjord in Norway but she was originally owned
by Peter Anderson,
Mathew Low, John Morrison, Alexander Morrison, and James Baird.
In 1871 ownership is shown as James Baird, Anthony
Anderson, and William Moodie. Her registry transferred to
She was transporting the ice between Norway and the
Grimsby Ice Company where it was used for the fishing industry.
She grounded in Lynn Roads, while en route from Drammen
for Grimsby with ice in 1898 in a force 8 NNE gale and was sold
for scrap for £105.
Somehow she ended up on the beach on the Lincolnshire coast at
Mablethorpe and remained undiscovered under the sand on and off for years.
In 2014, 13 year old Jordan Havell noticed the wreckage and
decided to take it on as a project..
more about the ICE trade with Norway here
More details can be found by selecting the "Wreck of the week"
history blog below
Other sources of information are:
United Kingdom shipwreck index Richard and Bridget Larn
1997 Shipwreck index of the British Isles, volume 3.
Sunderland Daily Echo 29 March 1898
Board of Trade Casualty Returns1898
Lloyd's Register 1896-7
Lloyd's Casualty Returns 1898