Bayard (ship)

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History
United Kingdom
Owner: Hall Line
Builder: T. Vernon and Son, Liverpool
Launched: 1864
Acquired: Sun Shipping Company, 1868; Foley and Company, 1881
Fate: Ran aground 6 June 1911
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,028
Length: 67 m (220 ft)

Bayard was a three masted, 67 metre long, 1,028 ton, sailing ship built by T. Vernon and Son, Liverpool for the Hall Line in 1864. In 1868 she was transferred to Sun Shipping Company and in 1881 sold to Foley and Company. [1]

On 20 August 1883 she arrived in Suva, Fiji carrying 494 Indian indentured labourers from Calcutta. She had previously carried indentured labourers to the West Indies.[2]

On 6 May 1885, Bayard hit an iceberg, 55 miles (89 km) South of Cape Race while on a voyage from Marseilles to St. Pierre. The ship lost her stern, bowsprit, jib-boom, foremast, topgallantmast and yard, but reached her destination on 23 May, leaking badly.[3]

She was later used as a coaling ship for the whaling station in South Georgia. Bayard lost her mooring at the coaling pier in Ocean Harbour during a severe gale on 6 June 1911 and ran aground on the rocks on the southern side of the bay, where the wreck still remains, as a breeding site for blue-eyed shags.[4]

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