|Updated July 1999 with latest news plus images|
A steel barque built in 1896 by Anderson Rodger & Co., Port Glasgow, for Sterling & Co., Glasgow as the GLENLEE. Dimensions: 245'.63,38'.91;17'.72; 2757 GRT and 1620 NRT. Several similar vessels were built at this yard. They were not romantic ships like the "Cutty Sark" but were built to carry unglamorous cargoes with small crews hence their shortened "Bald headed" rig. My grandfather's cousin, Captain William Cadwalader, was master of one of the near sisters, the "HEATHFIELD", which was sunk by a German U Boat in 1916 off the coast of Ireland.
Purchased by R.Thomas in 1905 on behalf of a group of local people and managed under the name of "Flint Castle Ship Co" a single ship company which was the usual way local ships were managed. Judging by the name of the company it looks as if the original intention was to rename the vessel FLINT CASTLE in line with the naming convention which had developed. This did not happen and the vessel kept the name ISLAMOUNT. By 1905 R.Thomas had moved his office from 49 High Street, Criccieth (previously 5, Bryntirion Terrace) to 26, Chapel Street, Liverpool.
1896 December Launched at A. Rodgers, Glasgow as the GLENLEE, and delivered to Sterling & Co., Glasgow.
1899 Sold to the Islamount Sailing Ship Co. (R. Ferguson & Co), Dundee, and renamed ISLAMOUNT
1900 August 6th Grounded at Holyhead
1905 23rd August. Arrived Liverpool after a voyage London - Australia - Falmouth
1905 Sold to Flint Castle Shipping Co. R. Thomas & Co, managers, Criccieth and Liverpool.
1905-16 Captain Richard Owens of Nefyn (WMD)
1909 20th December. Valued by Kellocks of Liverpool at 4,750 to 4800 pounds
1910 May. Grounded outside Adelaide.
1917 February. While under tow outside Melbourne the hawser parted and vessel nearly went aground.
1918 Operated by J. Stewart & Co., London, for the Shipping Controller.
1920 Sold to Societa Italiana di Navigazione "Stella d'Italia", Milan, who modernised her, renamed her Clarastella and registered her at Genoa.
1922 March 29 Accquired by the Spanish Navy to be used as a sail training ship. Rebuilt at Cautieu Navale Triestino,onfalcon (Triest) and renamed the Galathea.
1927 Became a training ship for non-commissioned officers and used for special training exercises.
1946 October Lost almost the entire rigging in a severe storm, but managed to put into Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
1960 (?) Laid up at El Ferrol del Caudillo.
1993 Rescued from a Spanish scrap yard by the Clyde Maritime Trust to be turned into a museum ship in
Glasgow. Presently (1999) berthed at Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow.
was built for A. Sterling & Co. LTD. And sailed for them until
In 1981 she
was dry docked and replated below the
details of her rigging were changed by the Italians and the Spanish.
May 1999 received an email from Ron Williams who is in charge of the website for the "Clydebuilt Association". There is a section on the GLENLEE. The URL is http://www.hypernet.co.uk/clydebuilt/
June 1999 Received correspondance from Jamie Whyte. He sent much information on the history of the vessel and the recent renovation including several photos. Two are reproduced below (Thanks Jamie)
July 1999. According to the latest "Ships Monthly" she is to be drydocked at Grenock and painted in the colours of her trading days i.e. light grey hull with painted ports.
|The vessel was towed down to Greenock to act as a centrepiece for the Cutty Sark "Tall Ships" race at the end of July 1999. She then returned to her permanent berth at the Clyde Maritime Centre.|
September 1999. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the above but Alastair Mckenzie did and took some wonderfull photos. These can be found on his website at http://www.langbank.freeserve.co.uk
September 1999. A website is under development solely for the Glenlee. This is at http://www.glenlee.co.uk
I was recently in Criccieth, North Wales, where the Glenlee (as the Islamount) was owned from 1905 to 1917. R.Thomas's office was at 49, High Street, above the shops, next door to Midland Bank. It is being totally gutted and rebuilt at the moment because of dry rot. There is a photo of the High Street in my personal pages.
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