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The Halloween at anchor off Graves end.
Paddle steamer Restless in the forground .
This iron fully rigged Tea Clipper was built by Son & Field at
Greenwich for John "Jock" "White Hat" Willis, and was a sister
ship to Blackadder. She was 216.6 ft long with a beam of 35.2 ft
and a depth of 20.5 Ft. Willis had had the “Cutty Sark” built
earlier and used the same specifications for these two ships.
All these ships were built along the lines of his even earlier
ship the “Tweed” .Although sister ships the Halloween appears to
have been built to far better standard and Blackadder had a
reputation of being an “unlucky ship” as the main and mizzen
masts broke on her maiden voyage and she had to call into Cape
town for repairs . Despite this the Balckadder lasted eighteen
years longer than her sister ship before being lost off
Salvador. On her maiden voyage to Sydney , the Halloween she
took only 69 days, and she held the Shanghai to London record
with an amazing 89 days, which made her one of the fastest ships
afloat. On the 17th January 1887 she was on route from Foochow
in China to London with 1600 tons of tea. Captain Donton had
left China on 13th August and met bad weather for most of the
journey and it took 155 days before the Eddystone lighthouse was
seen. In very large seas and in the dark, her course took here
north until finally she hit the Ham Stone rocks off Soar Mill
cove at 7:30 in the evening. Second mate MacLean and Johann
Wingel managed to swim ashore with a line that was lost and a
third member of the crew, Gustav Linchfield, drowned in the
two men climbed the cliffs to southdown farm to get help and
raise the alarm with the coastguard who had not been manning the
nearby coastguard station at the time. By the time the Hope Cove
lifeboat reached them at 10:00 am the next day, the majority of
the crew were near to death, found frozen to the masts and
rigging but despite this all 19 were successfully recovered by
the lifeboat.. A inquest was held at Lower Sewer Farm where
the crew criticised the coastguard for not effectively getting a
line to the boat from the shore earlier.
The jury agreed that the death of Gustav was accidental.
Unfortunately John Willis had not insured the £40,000 worth of
tea on board, most of which spilled out into the cove. It was
mostly salvaged and taken by steamer to London.
the wreck of the Halloween lies in position N50 13.340 W3
49.763 in 10m of water. Her remains cover and uncover during
the various winter storms and her ribs stood two metres off the
seabed. In 2014 she was all under the sand.
Some of the journeys of the Tea Clipper Halloween
1870 June 4
Launched at the shipyard of Maudslay, Son & Field,
London, for John Willis & Son, London.
Numerous lawsuits delayed the delivery to her owner for
more than a year
Sailed from London to Sydney in 69 days on her maiden
1873 November 17
- February 17
Sailed Shanghai-London with tea in 92 days. Captain J.
1874 October 21 - January 20
Sailed Shanghai-London with tea in the record time of 91
1865 November 23
- February 24
Sailed Woosung-London with tea in 92 days.
1876 March 11 -
Sailed London-Shanghai with tea in 105 days, 96 days
from Lizard Point. Captain Fowler
1876 November 13
- February 23
Sailed Woosung-London with tea in 102 days.
1878 January 7 -
Sailed Woosung-London with tea in 97 days.
1887 January 17 7:30pm
Wrecked at Sewer Mill Cove, South Devon. Captain Donton
en route to London from Foochow
information and a video below of the wreck in taken in 2006