Sister Ship to the Thermopylae
Built as an iron clipper
by Walter Hood & Co. Aberdeen for the Aberdeen White Star Line (George Thompson
& Co., Aberdeen, Scotland.)
May 1875 launched as
Tonnage 1130 gross,
1079 ton net, dim. 221.6 x 36 x 21,7ft.
Not fitted out to
carry passengers. Ship rigged.
She was of iron, 1079 tons and built on the
lines of the
Thermopylae with a few minor alterations.
No expense was spared in her construction. The yellow stripe
round her green hull was not painted but gilded. George Thompson had a fleet of
clippers and when
was pleading his bill in parliament for a loading line, he named Thompson's as
one firm that never loaded their ships deeply; he returned the compliment by
calling his next ship Samuel Plimsoll. Thompson thought of calling his next ship
Sarah Plimsoll (a bit of Victorian brown nosing) but she was built as a sister
ship to the Thermopylae so was accordingly named
- the two names commemorating the ancient Greeks' twin land and sea victories
over the Persians.
It was intended that the
would have the same round trips as the
out to Melbourne with general cargo and then across to China and home again with
tea. On 6 July 1875 she left London under command of
bound for Australia. Making only one tea voyage after her second voyage to
Australia when she sailed from Melbourne to China and with a cargo of tea sailed
in 110 days. But by
steamers had got hold of the tea trade and most of the clippers were put into
the Australian wool trade. General cargo out, wool home. As a wool clipper she
set a wonderful record when she made 13 voyages home from pilot to pilot in an
average passage of 75 days, and outward in 77 days.
took over command. She was used mostly in the trade to Melbourne till she was sold.
As a wool
clipper. Salamis set up a wonderful record, averaging 87 days for 18 consecutive
wool passages. She was sold to the Norwegians and in 1905, her 30th year, was
wrecked in the South Pacific. The end of a beautiful ship.
SALAMIS (c1905) Iron Full-rigged ship; Built: 1875. Launched May 1875. Builder,
Walter Hood & Co, Aberdeen.
1130. NET: 1079. NET UNDER DECK: 1021. Dimensions: 221’6” X 36’ X 21’7”.
British Registration No.70443. Wool Clipper – not fitted for passengers.
Owner: George Thompson & Co for the Aberdeen White Star Line.
Capt Holmes on maiden voyage to Melbourne, best passage of 68 days; London -
Port Phillip Heads.
1875-1894 Capts Phillips, Senior & Junior. 1st & 3rd Mates were also sons of
Capt Phillips at one time or another.
1898: Sold to Leif Gundersen of Porsgrunn, Norway and used to run
guano cargoes from the South Pacific.
HISTORY: Named from Greek
with reference to
The Battle of Salamis, 480BC. Iron and extended
version of her sister ship,
Thermopylae, from drawings and design of Bernard Waymouth.
the finest of the iron clippers
was no exception. Equipped with H D.Cunningham patented
lower yard braces developed post
which tighten the luff of the sail, from
WRECKED: 20th May
South Pacific 4 degrees S 155 degrees W. Kiribati Group.
(c1905) Iron Full-rigged ship; Built
Walter Hood & Co, Aberdeen. :
‘SALAMIS’ Built 1875. Iron ship
of 1079 Tons. Length; 221.6 ft. Breadth; 36 ft. Depth. 21.7 ft. Built by Hood of
Aberdeen for George Thompson and Co. Master; Captain Phillips Snr. She was
built on the same design as that most wonderful and fastest of clippers,
‘Thermopylae’. She was about 100 Tons heavier and 10 feet longer but she also
was a very speedy ship. She was sold to the White Star Line for use in the
Australian passenger trade and after very good service, was sold to the
Norwegians. They converted her to a barque and they eventually wrecked her on
the 20th of May 1905
on Malden Island in the South Pacific. [White Star Passenger Liner]
Steamship Salamis ll
steel-hulled barque Alexandra was
built in Aberdeen in 1874 as a wool-clipper. During her last five
years she transported coal from Australia to Panamá. She was abandoned becalmed
in the region of the Galapogos Islands with a full cargo of 2300 tonnes of coal.
She was found wrecked and broken in two.