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Name: JOHN PATERSON
Launched: 09/1882
Completed: 1882
Builder: Hepple & Co, North Shields
Yard Number: 361
Dimensions: 99grt, 12nrt, 92.6 x 18.6 x 9.7ft
Engines: 2cyl, diagonal, 36nhp
Engines By: Hepple & Co
Propulsion: Paddle
Construction: Wood
Reg Number: 48055
History:
1882 Port Elizabeth Harbour Commissioners
07/1883 Registered at Port Elizabeth
1892 W Anderson, Cape Town, registered at Cape Town
by 1895 Alfred L Blackburn, Cape Town
1898 Table Bay Harbour Commissioners
1904 Dudley L Wilbur, Cape Town
11/06/1906 Sank
Comments: 1892: David Reynolds wrote: "Even the proud commissioners of the Port Elizabeth Harbour Board
had to confess that they had bought a 'lemon' in the John Paterson, a cranky, ill-tempered wooden paddle steamer with controls so complicated as to be almost unworkable. Within ten years of her arrival in the bay on December 11, 1882 she was put up for sale, with particular emphasis on the 'no reserve' provision."
1904: Converted for pleasure cruises with promenade deck, unofficially known as CAPE GIRL
10/06/1906: Bullard King steamer UMBILO sighted JOHN PATERSON off Danger Point
She was in a heavy gale and sinking. She was taken in tow but the towrope broke
Next day all crew taken off in 34.40S 18.57E except the captain, who refused
No trace subsequently found and presumed foundered
Thanks to David Asprey for the above details