written by Midshipman F.B. Copland on a passage from Glasgow to Sydney, Australia

on board the Sailing Ship “DERWENT


The following links take you to topics and legs of the voyage





The ship was built at A. MacMillan & Son Ltd., Dumbarton, as yard number 258 and was launched in 1884 as the Derwent for Devitt & Moore, London.



Length 275' 0"

Beam 40' 2”

Draught 23' 7"

1970 GRT

1890 NRT

1805 tons (under deck).

Official British Reg. No. 89640

Signal letters JRQB


Rigged with royal sails over double topgallant sails.

One of the first sailing ships equipped with a steam donkey engine.

Employed in the Australian wool trade and was credited with the following passages:

Sydney to Lizard Point 77 days

Sydney to Penzance 74 days


A painting of the vessel is at:


A chronological list of Devitt and Moore sailing ships is at:


A chronological history of the “Derwent” is at:


The company’s flag is at:


Information on Devitt & Moore and the Nautical College, Panbourne is at: