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Photograph of a newspaper article about the ship GRACE HAWAR

Date: 30 March 1932
Medium: Emulsion on glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Mr and Mrs Glassford
Object Name: Glass plate negative
Object No: ANMS1092[027]

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    The newspaper article in this image is from The Sydney Mail, 30 March 1932. An image of GRACE HARWAR features above the caption: 'Picturesque sailing ship to load wheat at Adelaide. The Finnish full rigged ship, GRACE HAWAR, bound for Port Victor, South Australia, where she is to load a cargo of wheat for South Africa.'
    SignificanceThe Hall photographic collection provides an important pictorial record of recreational boating in Sydney Harbour from the 1890s to the 1930s. The collection documents the lively sailing scene in Sydney during this period and features images of vessels ranging from large racing and cruising yachts to the great array of skiffs and the emerging technologies of motorboats. Images of many iconic vessels are also included in this visual record.
    HistoryThe full-rigged steel ship GRACE HARWAR was launched in 1889 at the shipyard of Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow. The vessel was built as a merchant ship for W. Montgomery of London and the vessel's first captain was J.D. Watt.

    In 1913 GRACE HARWAR was sold to Finnish owners and was severely damaged in 1916 after drifting ashore during a hurricane in Mobile, Alabama. The vessel was sold again in 1916 and 1935 to be broken up.

    GRACE HARWAR had a slightly sinister reputation for having had a death occur on nearly all voyages. Alan Villiers (who later owned and operated the training ship JOSEPH CONRAD) wrote the book 'By Way of Cape Horn' about his harrowing 1929 voyage from Wallaroo to Glasgow in GRACE HARWAR.

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