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William Clark of Greenock (fl. 1827-1841)

William Clark of Greenock (fl. 1827-1841)

The Ship Malabar and the Barque Isabella in the Clyde

signed and dated 'W. Clark/1836'; oil on canvas
23 x 34½in. (58.4 x 87.6cm.)

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Malabar was built of pitch pine and launched from the Greenock yard of Gray & Co. in 1835. Registered at 373 tons, she measured 109.2 feet in length and had a 27.5 foot beam and 18.7foot draught. Although desinged for the lucrative India trade, she seems also to have carried coolies to Mauritius at least on some of her return journeys. Sold to Johnson's of Belfast in 1848, she traded between Cork and South America after about 1856, with a brief interval ferrying troops to suppress the Indian Mutiny during 1857. In 1859 she was sold to Wilson's of London for their West Indies route but was lost in 1864.

The barque Isabella, 376 tons, was built in New Brunswick in 1828 for Kidstone & Co. of Glasgow. Constructed of black birch, hackmatack and oak, she traded mainly between the Clyde and Picton (Nova Scotia) although she is unrecorded after 1842. In an otherwise uneventful life, she was reported as having been boarded by pirates on 5 July 1838 who robbed her of her spare sails and other similar stores.


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