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United Kingdom
Owner: J.G. Potter & Company, Liverpool
Builder: William Simons & Company, Renfrew
Launched: 29 August 1874
Acquired: Nourse Line, 26 November 1880
Fate: Wrecked 23 March 1893
General characteristics
Class and type: Iron-hulled sailing ship
Tons burthen: 1,589 tons
Length: 80.1 m (263 ft)
Beam: 12.3 m (40 ft)
Draught: 7.0 m (23.0 ft)

Allanshaw was a 1,589 ton, iron sailing ship with a length of 80.1 metres (263 ft), beam of 12.3 metres (40 ft) and draught of 7.0 metres (23.0 ft). She was built by William Simons & Company of Renfrew for the J.G. Potter & Company of Liverpool and launched on 29 August 1874. She was bought by the Nourse Line on 26 November 1880. She was a fast ship, making the run from London to Sydney in 65 days. On 2 October 1882 she arrived in Australia with new immigrants.

She was primarily used for the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these voyages are as follows:

Transport of Indian indentured labourers
Destination Date of Arrival Number of Passengers Deaths During Voyage
Guyana 23 August 1888 unknown unknown
Fiji 17 June 1890 573 n/a
Trinidad 13 December 1890 658 4
Trinidad 12 October 1892 636 5

On 23 March 1893 she was wrecked on Tristan da Cunha, while en route from Liverpool to Calcutta, carrying salt, with the loss of 3 lives.

See also[edit]


  • Perry, F. W. (1991). Nourse Line. World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-62-2.
  • Lubbock, Basil (1981). Coolie ships and oil sailors. Brown, Son & Ferguson. ISBN 0-85174-111-8.

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