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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
349 kl 1851 at Maine, U.S.A J. Duus, Kragerų, Norway 158ft x 32,7ft x 21ft 
 1866 Captain O. J. Gundersen  from Bergen Apr. 20 to Quebec May 25   
 1868 Captain C. A. Svendsen  from Kragerų Mars 30 to Quebec May 15  Passenger list: Passenger list 
 1869 Captain Steenwig  from Kragerų Apr. 3 to Quebec May 14  Passenger list: Passenger list 
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges
The ship Monsoon was built in 1851 by Trufant & Drummon at Bath, Maine, USA, for George Hussey of New Bedford. Her details were: 158 feet long, 32,7 feet beam and 21 feet depth. Her burden was 349 Norwegian Commercial lasts, or 734 net tons. The Monsoon had a 45-feet long poop, the entire length of which was taken up by the cabin. Forward there was a spacious topgallant forecastle but the seamen were berthed in a 25-feet long house located just forward of the main hatch. According to "American Clipper Ships" 1833 - 1858 by Octavius T. Howe, M.D. and Fredrick C. Matthews Volume II, she was a clipper ship of sharp model and gained the name of being a fast sailer. She was built for the East India trade, coppered on the stocks. She was launched Aug. 28, 1851, and cleared from Bath on Sept. 30 for Calcutta.

    In August 1852, after returning to Boston from her first voyage, it was advertised that for eight consecutive days she had averaged 293 miles and on one day had logged 346 miles.

    On her first passage to San Francisco, the Monsoon reached port Jan. 6, 1853, in 130 days from Boston. Captain Winsor reported having had succession of light winds throughout and being four days off the Heads in thick fog. She went to Singapore in 50 days from the Golden Gate; thence 35 days to Calcutta and 102 days from there to New Bedford. Captain Baker assumed command and leaving Boston, Jan 4, 1854, was 19 days to the line; 60 days to Cape Horn, crossing the equator on the 97th day; then had the very fast run of 16 days to sighting land but was blown off and did not pass through the Golden Gate until May 4th, seven days later, in 120 days from Boston. Went to Callao in 48 days; thence 85 days to Baltimore. On her last Cape Horn passage to San Francisco she left New York, Feb. 27, 1855; was 30 days to the line; thence all light winds to destination except for the 30 days rounding Cape Horn; reached destination Aug. 2nd, 154 days out. Completing the voyage she crossed to China and reached New York, Apr. 7, 1856, in 109 days from Foo Chow and 94 days from Anjer. Sailed from New York, July 26, 1856, and arrived in Hudson's Bay, Nov. 11th. It was reported that she hove to off Sydney and was driven into a cove where she lost her anchors and was obliged to substitute a canon. From Melbourne she went to Singapore, Calcutta, China and home.

    Under Captain Loring she left New York, Aug. 1, 1861; passed Anjer, Nov. 19th, and arrived at Hong Kong, Dec. 31st. Went to Bangkok and Singapore, sailing from the latter port, Mar. 21, 1862; passed Anjer, Mar. 30th; the Cape; May 11th; had light winds to line, June 9th, and arrived at New York, July 6th. Loaded for Australia, arriving at Newcastle, Jan 19, 1863; thence to Shanghai and Manila. On Dec. 30, 1864, she arrived at San Francisco, Feb. 9, 1865; was 19 days to line; 40 days thence to Cape Horn; crossed the equator May 17th and was thence 21 days to New York, arriving June 7th, in a passage of 117 days.

    In 1865 the Monsoon, which up to that time had been owned by George Hussy, was reported sold for $23,000 and the register of 1866 gives her owners as Ruger Brothers of Geestmünde, and Captain Closson as her commander. [American Clipper Ships" 1833 - 1858 by Octavius T. Howe, M.D. and Fredrick C. Matthews Volume II, Salem, Mass., Marine Research Society 1927]

However, the Ruger Bros. could not have owned the Monsoon for very long, as she was bought abroad by Capt. Hvistendal for the new owner J. Duus of Kragerų. This was in the fall of 1865. She arrived at Kragerų for the first time in December 1865.

In the spring of 1866 she sailed to Bergen to pick up 366 emigrants for Quebec. On that voyage she was mastered by Captain O. J. Gundersen. The Monsoon departed from Bergen on April 20th and arrived at Quebec on May 25th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 352 steerage passengers and 14 cabin passengers. There was one death on the voyage, and an infant that was born on on board died shortly after. 3 people were sick with cold and debility when the ship arrived at the quarantine station on Grosse Īle. The Monsoon was mastered by Capt. O.J. Gundersen and had a crew of 16. Her tonnage was given to be 773 tons. The passenger list was archived by the National Archives of Canada [NAC].

On May 27th she departed Quebec for London, On July 29th she was off the Start on voyage from Quebec to London. On Aug. 2nd she arrived to London from Quebec. Thence she sailed to Liverpool.

On February 13th of 1867 she departed from Liverpool for Philadelphia. Arrived at Quebec from Philadelphia on June 8th. On July 31st departed Quebec for Dublin (Must be London). Aug. 30, Gravesend from Quebec, Aug. 31, arrived London from Quebec. Sept. 19 departed London for Kragerų.

In 1868 the ship Monsoon departed from Kragerų on March 30th, and arrived at Quebec on May 15th. She was carrying 71 passengers. Master was Capt. C. A. Svendsen. The 71 - 72 passengers must have had quite a lot of space on board, it must have been a luxury journey compared to the one in 1866. We have transcribed the 1868 passenger list, and can only find the names of 69 passengers. The original passenger list was archived by the National Archives of Canada [NAC].

On June 1 she departed Quebec for Liverpool. On July 2 arrived Liverpool from Quebec. Aug. 1 departed Liverpool for Quebec.

In 1869 the ship Monsoon departed from Kragerų on April 3rd, and arrived at Quebec on May 14th. She was sailing in ballast, and was carrying 87 steerage passengers. All well at arrival. The Monsoon was mastered by Capt. H. Steenwig and had a crew of 18. The passenger list was archived by the National Archives of Canada [NAC].

She stranded off Newry in 1877.

picture of the Monsoon
Picture of the Monsoon
, submitted by Scott Thompson.
The original is hanging in a bank in Kragerų


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