Falls of Dee

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Date: 1882 to 1917
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Falls Line

Falls Line

The Falls Line was a shipping line in the late C19th and early C20th.

The line operated ships of two companies; Wright, Breakenridge & Co. (from 1878 up to 1892) and Wright and Graham & Co. (from 1892).

Both companies' ships used the same flag. The Falls Line's offices were at 111 Union Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

The Falls Line does not appear to have operated ships after 1914, although some of the company's ships continued in operation for other owners.

- Falls Line ships were all built by Russell & Co Port Glasgow, Scotland: 4 masted ships - Falls of Clyde – 1878, Falls of Bruar – 1879, Falls of Afton – 1882, Falls of Dee – 1882, Falls of Foyers – 1883, Falls of Earn – 1884. 4 master barques – Falls of Garry – 1886, Falls of Halladale – 1886, Falls of Ettrick – 1894. (from “Falls Of The Clyde”; Category: Letters to the Editor; Published: 09 June 2017, Seabreezes)

Falls of Dee

The Falls Line's ships were distinguished by all being named after Scottish river falls. Falls of Dee is a waterfall on Braeriach in the Cairngorms, Scotland.


- Falls of Dee,

- Official No 85935,

- Port of registry Glasgow,

- built in Greenock in 1882 by Russell & Co,

- Signal Code WJSG.

- Year built: 1882;

- Date launched: 19/04/1882;

- Vessel type: Cargo General;

- Vessel description: Iron Sailing Vessel 4 Masted Ship; Tonnage: 1974 grt / 1916 nrt; Length: 276.7 ft; Breadth: 41.0 ft; Depth: 23.7 ft;

- Builder: Russell & Co, Greenock; Yard: Cartsdyke West; Yard no: 47;

- Managing owner The Ship "Falls of Dee" Co. Ltd. 69 St George's Place, Glasgow

- Subsequent owner and registration history: 1901 John Herron & Co Liverpool, 1910 A/S Tonsberg Hvalfangerie. (O. Hytten), Tonsberg. Norway. renamed TEIEl

- Vessel history: 1897 serious fire damage; End year: 1917; Fate / Status: Scuttled 24/05/1917; Disposal Detail: 05/1917 while carrying whale oil from South Georgia to Liverpool, sunk with explosives by UC-45.


Falls of Dee “Falls of Dee.—On April 20th, Messrs. Russell & Co., shipbuilders, Greenock, launched from their shipbuilding-yard a four-masted iron sailing ship of the following dimensions:—Length, 275 ft.; breadth, 41 ft.; depth, 23 ft. 9 in.; and of 1,900 tons registered. She is fitted up with all the latest improvements for facilitating the loading and discharging of cargo, and nothing has been neglected by her builders to make her complete in every respect for the East India trade. The vessel, which is owned by Messrs. Wright & Breakenridge, Glasgow, was, on leaving the ways, named the Falls of Dee, and is a sister ship to the Falls of Afton, recently launched and fitted out for sea by the same firm.” [https://weeboopiper.wordpress.com/tag/wright-and-breakenridge/ From Vol. III of The Marine Engineer (1 May 1882)]


She was a "Windjammer", a collective name for a general class of large sailing ship built to carry bulk cargo for long distances in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Windjammers were the largest of merchant sailing ships, with three to five tall masts and square sails, giving them a characteristic profile. They usually carried lumber, guano, grain or ore from one continent to another, typically following the prevailing winds and circumnavigating the globe during their voyages. Several survive, variously operating as school ships, museum ships, restaurant ships, and cruise ships.


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