Micronesia was a large iron full-rigger built on the Clyde by Russell & Co. at Greenock in 1883. Owned by J. & W. Goffey of Liverpool, she was registered at 1,619 tons gross (1,577 net) and measured 258 feet in length with a 38 foot beam. First commanded by Captain Greig, her maiden voyage from Glasgow to Sydney was accomplished in a fast 84 days and marked the start of a very successful career. Her best-ever daily run was 346 miles and, for over ten years, she regularly traded to Australia and then back to Liverpool via San Francisco. On her last voyage, under the command of Captain Beavis, she went out to Melbourne and then attempted to load coal at Newcastle, New South Wales, but was prevented from doing so by a prolonged miners' strike. Heading instead to Iquique (Chile), where she loaded nitrate, she was nearly home when she caught fire in the English Channel on August Bank Holiday Monday (1897), and was burned out off the East Goodwin Sand.