Fullriggeren Parramatta er antagelig den flotteste skuta som noensinne ble innkjøpt til Mandal.

Sydney - The Blackwall Passenger Ship "Parramatta" Alongside Circular Quay In 1872 by Collectible Nautical & Maritime Artist John Stobart



Parramatta - ref http://www.searlecanada.org/sunderland/sunderland041.html        Her ser vi at skuta fortsatt fører britisk flagg.


Parramatta malt av Bernt Balchen, Mandal.  Og nå med det norske flagget (med "sildesalat")

Bark Parramatta tegnet av O. Jahnsen i 1988


An advance in the method of ship construction, an intermediate step, if you will, between wooden & iron ships.

I read that wrought iron hulled vessels were first built in the 1820s. But such vessels could not be sheathed with copper alloy (due to a chemical reaction between the metals) and the speed of the vessels would accordingly be adversely affected as weeds would grow and festoon the hulls in the tropics. Speed was at that time of the greatest importance. A composite ship, i.e. one with wooden planking over an iron frame, resolved that issue, since copper alloy could be applied to the wooden hull and fast ocean passages under sail were then possible. But the copper often did, in time, have to be replaced. The iron frame strengthened the integrity of the whole vessel. A method of construction made obsolete by the advent of steam ships.


A wooden full-rigged ship built of teak in 1866 by James Laing, Sunderland. Dimensions: 231'0"×38'2"×22'8" and tonnage: 1521 GRT, 1521 NRT and 1298 tons under deck. She also loaded 190 tons under a raised quarter deck. Equipped with iron beams.

1866 May

Launched at the shipyard of James Laing, Sunderland, for Devitt & Moore, London. Assigned the official British Reg. No. 54740 and signal HSFR. Employed in the Australian cargo and passenger trade.


In command of Captain John Williams late of the same owner's ship La Hogue.


In command of Captain J.R. Brown.


In command of Captain William Goddard late of the same owner's ship La Hogue.

1876 February 1 - April 21

Sailed from Sydney to London in 79 days with a cargo of wool.

1877 February 17 - May 10

Sailed from Sydney to London in 82 days.

1879 February 5 - April 26

Sailed from Sydney to Plymouth in 80 days with a cargo of wool.

1881 January 24 - April 30

Sailed from Sydney to London in 96 days with a cargo of wool.

1883 March 6 - July 7

Sailed from Sydney to London in 123 days with a cargo of wool.


Sold to J. Simonsen, Mandal, Norway.

1898 January 12

Sailed from Sapelo, Galveston, TX, for King's Lynn, Norfolk, with a cargo of pitch-pine and disappeared on the way.

Thus, ended her days within months of La Hogue's demise, in 1898


Square-rigged ships, general references.

Course, A.G.: Painted Ports. The story of the ships of Messrs Devitt and Moore.

Hollis & Carter, London, 1961. 8vo, x, 230 pp, 6 plates.

Lubbock, Basil: The Colonial Clippers.

Brown, Ferguson & Son, Glasgow, 1948 (2nd).

Lubbock, Basil: The Blackwall Frigates.


Bok: THE BLACKWALL FRIGATES, Lubbock, Basil, 1876-1944:


Devitt & Moore's '*Parramatta."

The fastest of all the Blackwall frigates, with the exception of The Tweed, which was in a class

by herself, was probably the splendid old Parramatta. She was also one of the largest, measuring

1521 tons, 231 ft.length, 38.2 ft. beam and 22.8 ft. depth. She had the usual passenger ship's

length of poop, but in her case it was so low that it was called a raised quarter-deck, and

it extended as far forward as the mainmast.

Under Captain J. Swanson, who had her until 1874, and Captain Goddard, who commanded her for the rest

of her existence under the British flag, she was a very favourite passenger ship to Australia and the La

Hogue's great rival in the Sydney trade.

She usually left London about the beginning of September, calling at Plymouth for her passengers, and

was seldom much over the 80 days to Port Jackson. In her earlier days, before she took to coming home

round the Cape and calling at St. Helena, which was by far the most popular route with passengers, she

made some very fine homeward passages round the Horn.

In 1876 she left Sydney on 1st February, and arrived home 79 days out. This fine passage she equalled in

1879, when she left Sydney on 5th February and arrived at Plymouth on 26th April, only 21 days from the


Parramatta was sold to J. Simonsen in 1888, and was still afloat ten years later under Norwegian colours.



Bjørn Slettan: Mandal bys historie III side 247

Fullriggeren ”Paramatta” var kjent som skarpseiler. I 1898 ble skip og mannskap borte i Atlanterhavet, på reise fra Amerika til King’s Lynn med pitchpine-bjelker.

Kaptein var da Olaus Jahnsen. (fra Mandal)


Dag Hundstad: Halse og Harkmark , gården Røyseland - side 305

Petrea mistet sin mor som liten, og ble oppfostret i Grimstad. Her traff hun Syvert, som arbeidet som blokkmaker på skipsverftene i Vikkilen. Senere dro han til sjøs. Sjøfartsrullen opplyser at han i 1876-1877 hadde hyre med "Kronos" og i 1887 med "Paramatta". Fra denne siste sjøreisen kom Syvert ikke tilbake; han døde på marinehospitalet i Quebec i august 1888.



Min oldefar, Syvert Olsen (1855 - 1888)                                                                                      Mine oldeforeldre, Syvert og Petrea


Fra Statsarkivet i Kristiansand, Søfarts Hovedrulle for Mandals Indrullerings-Kreds, Hovedrulle nr 1513 - 2278. Syvert er altså registrert på nr 2105.

Jeg fant Syverts dødsattest via ancestry.com. En trist historie.


1855                Syvert ble født på Røyseland i Harkmark 24.12.

1876 - 77         Seilte med Kronos av Grimstad.

1878 – 79        Seilte med Gitana av Grimstad. Fra Grimstad til Amerika.

1879 - 80         Seilte med Josva. Fra Mandal – Amerika. Rømte i New York.

1881                Hjem igjen. Fikk 5 kr i mulkt pga rømningen.

1884                Gift med Petrea Jakobsdatter født i Gjerpen.

1885                Oskar, min bestefar, født.

1887                Inga født.

1887 – 88        Seilte med Parramatta av Mandal. Fra Mandal – London og videre.  Påmønstret 30.12.1887 og døde 22.8.1888  i Quebec av dysenteri..



Fra Wikipedia:

Parramatta is a suburb and major urban centre of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia located in Greater Western Sydney 23 kilometres (14 mi)

 west of the  Sydney central business district on the banks of the Parramatta River. It is known colloquially as 'Parra'.