Avon (ship)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Name: Dunolly
Owner: John Brown, Glasgow
Builder: Charles Connell, Glasgow
Launched: 1884
Acquired: Nourse Line, 1890
Renamed: Avon, 1890
General characteristics
Class & type: Iron-hulled sailing ship
Tons burthen: 1,572 tons
Length: 255.6 ft (77.9 m)
Beam: 37.6 ft (11.5 m)
Draught: 22.6 ft (6.9 m)

The Avon, formerly known as Dunolly, was a 1,572 ton, iron sailing ship with a length of 255.6 feet, breadth of 37.6 feet and depth of 22.6 feet. She was built by Charles Connell of Glasgow in 1884 for John Brown of Glasgow. The Nourse Line bought the ship in 1890 and renamed it the Avon after the River Avon in the south west of England. She was primarily used by the Nourse Line for the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these voyages are as follows:

Destination Date of Arrival Number of Passengers Deaths During Voyage
Trinidad 1 March 1891 558 2
Trinidad 14 November 1891 621 27
Fiji 5 May 1892 520 n/a
British Guiana 1893 n/a n/a
Trinidad 17 November 1895 151 2
Trinidad 12 December 1896 601 12
Suriname 4 April 1898 n/a n/a
Fiji 25 July 1899 467 n/a
Trinidad 16 February 1901 598 6
Trinidad 12 January 1903 591 2
Trinidad 25 December 1903 576 2
Trinidad 23 February 1905 603 9
Trinidad 22 February 1906 609 1
Suriname 13 January 1907 n/a n/a

Avon was a fast ship, sailing from Calcutta to St Helena in 62 days.

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Lubbock, Basil (1981). Coolie ships and oil sailors. Brown, Son & Ferguson. ISBN 0-85174-111-8.