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The MARLBOROUGH passing an iceberg off Cape Horn

Date: 1853
Overall: 400 x 270 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00001093
Place Manufactured:London

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    A page from the Illustrated London News 15 October 1853 featuring an engraving 'The MARLBOROUGH passing an iceberg off Cape Horn' with accompanying article. The drawing for the engraving was supplied by Louis Chevallier, a passenger on the ship, it was returning from Port Phillip, Melbourne, and India crewed by Lascars.
    HistoryThe MARLBOROUGH had made fourteen successful passages with immigrants from London to New Zealand during the period of 1876 to 1890. Under Captain Anderson from 1876 until 1883, she carried a crew of twenty-nine, returning to London with cargo's of frozen meat and wool.
    Captain Herd took over command of the vessel in 1884 and was on the vessel at the time of her voyage back to London from Lyttleton in 1890, when she totally disappeared without trace.
    The vessel left New Zealand waters on the 11th January and two days later was hailed by a passing vessel. From that time onwards she was never heard of again. No news of her came and so after many months had passed by, Lyoyds shipping in London posted her as "missing", presumed sunk by icebergs after rounding Cape Horn. This coastline was notorious for violent storms and freezing conditions.

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