News from 1912-1913 Mersey's Fifth Round the World Trip


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The Times, London, 30 August 1912

COLLISION WITH A TRAINING SHIP
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As the steamer Jarnac, of 618 tons, inward bound from Charente, was making
for the dock at Liverpool early yesterday morning, she collided with the
cadet training ship Mersey, which was at anchor. The stem of the Jarnac and a
number of plates were smashed, the impact being violent. The Jarnac
afterwards proceeded down the river. Injuries to the cadet ship Mersey were
very slight and she is expected to sail this morning.

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The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 December 1912
Retrieved from the National Library of Australia web site,
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper


MERSEY IN A GALE
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SAIL BLOWN AWAY

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The cadet training ship Mersey, of the White Star Line, which arrived in
port yesterday morning from Liverpool, experienced a furious gale while off
Cape Leeuwin.

Captain Corner stated yesterday that the gale struck the vessel on November
24 while off Cape Leeuwin. The wind, which blew with terrific force,
attained a speed of 75 miles an hour. The fore lower topsail was blown clean
out of the bolt-ropes, and a certain amount of damage was done to the
foreyard. During the gale the barometer was as low as 29.58

The Mersey left Liverpool on August 30, and crossed the line when 39 days
out. The south-east trade winds then took her into sight of the Brazilian
coast. Twenty-six days later she reached the meridian of Capetown and on the
run east averaged about 200 miles per day until meeting the gale off Cape
Leeuwin. The run up the New South Wales coast was unduly protracted by a
stormy south-easterly set and head wind.

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