Another facinating glimpse in to Abernyte's past has been unearthed.
In 1875 the Gordon Steam Shipping Company commisioned a three masted sailing barque of 728 tonnes built on the Clyde at Dumbarton by McKellar, McMillan and Company.
The ship was called Abernyte
Another item to add to what we know of the SS Abernyte comes from no less a publication than the Shetland Times of 1880. On Saturday 21st February it carried an advertisement for the imminent sailing of the SS Abernyte from the Clyde bound for New Zealand.
It was also captured in oils in full sail.
It traded as a general cargo vessel until it was wrecked in fog off Lizard Point in 1898 carrying a cargo of Nitrate of Soda.
The Board of Trade enquiry found:
"On 29th December, 1897, the "Abernyte" left Caleta Buena, Chili, with a cargo of about 1,150 tons of nitrate of soda bound for Falmouth for orders. The freight payable for this cargo was stated to be £1,800, and it was fully covered by insurance. Her mean draught of water was about 17 ft. 6 ins., and she was about 3 ins. by the stern. She had a crew of sixteen hands all told, only three of whom formed part of the original crew which had left the United Kingdom. During an intermediate voyage she had lost two boats, but when she left Caleta Buena she still had one life-boat, one jolly-boat, and a dinghy, more than sufficient to comply with the requirements of the Act in that respect. She had a complete outfit of compasses, viz., a standard compass on the mizen-mast, a steering compass before the wheel aft, a tell-tale in the skylight, and a spare one below, besides five spare cards and a boat compass. Owing to the inconvenient position of the standard compass, the vessel was navigated entirely by the steering compass. These compasses had been overhauled by Messrs. Dobbie, Son, and Hutton, of Fenchurch Street, London, in September, 1895, but there was no evidence to show when they were last adjusted, certainly not for several years. This omission, however, does not appear to have caused any practical inconvenience in the navigation of the ship beyond a certain degree of sluggishness experienced when entering the English Channel, the master stating that the deviations were moderate in amount, and that, with the exception just mentioned, he had no complaint whatever to make regarding them.
After a tedious but otherwise uneventful passage, the "Abernyte" made the Bishop Lighthouse, Scilly Islands, about 10 a.m. on the 7th May last, and a course was set and steered to pass five or six miles south of the Lizard. Between five o'clock and six o'clock p.m. the "Wolf" was sighted, and when abeam was estimated to be five or six miles distant, but no cast of the lead was taken nor other means used to verify the position of the ship; and it may here be noted that the lead was never used after the Bishop Lighthouse was made on the morning of the 7th May. She still continued on her course towards the Lizard, the weather being fine and clear, with a moderate breeze from the S.W., the ship making about three knots. The Lizard lights were made between eight and nine o'clock, and it is at this point that the master seems to have made the fatal mistake which eventually led to the loss of the ship. For three hours, or until 11.30 p.m., the lights were continually in sight and in line, which, had the master consulted his chart with ordinary intelligence, was a sufficient indication that he had not the offing he was reckoning upon, and that he had passed the "Wolf" much closer than he estimated, and that also if he continued his course he must inevitably strike on the Lizard Point. At 11.30 p.m. the weather became foggy and the lights were obscured and not again seen. The same course was continued until about 1.30 a.m. on the 8th, when it was altered one point towards the land. At midnight sail had been shortened to topsails and foresail.
Shortly after the course had been altered, the noise of the surf was heard, and directly afterwards breakers were seen on the starboard side. it being evidently impossible to stay the ship owing to the vicinity of the rocks, the master attempted to wear her, calling all hands and making sail. She appears to have reached along the shore for some little distance on the port tack, but owing to the lightness of the wind and a heavy ground swell she had got into, she gradually drifted on the rocks off Rill Head and became a total wreck. The crew, who did not save any of their effects, got into the life-boat and pulled seawards. While in the boat the crew heard the siren on the Lizard, which had not been previously heard.
About daylight they were picked up by a pilot cutter and ultimately landed at Falmouth.
No lives were lost.
The Court having carefully inquired into the circum stances attending the above-mentioned shipping casualty, finds for the reasons stated in the Annex hereto, that the casualty was caused by the master, Mr. Edwin Cardwell, neglecting to use the lead and ignoring the fact that he had brought the two lights of the Lizard in a direct line.
The Court finds the master in default, and suspends his certificate for six months."
The prize will go to who ever can unearth the local connection which caused the ship to be named Abernyte. None of the other vessels owned by the company were called after Scottish places.
While this article accurately reflects the current protection for UK consumers in November 2014, it is not and does not purport to be legal advice.
With Christmas starting to hove into view it is time to look at some of the protections that you as consumers have when buying stuff this year. With the above caveat in mind, here we go:
The best way for UK shoppers to get protection for large purchases is to use a credit card, as long as what you're buying costs over £100 and less than £30,000. Thanks to Section 75 of the 1974 Consumer Credit Act, the card issuer is jointly liable, and the protection includes items where you've paid a deposit of over £100 on the card, but settled the balance in another way.
Hunting Ancient Trees in Perth & Kinross
A band of keen Tree Wardens welcomed Judy Dowling to the North Inch, Perth. As Scotland’s Lead Volunteer Verifier for the Ancient Tree Inventory, she started by giving a fascinating talk about the idea behind the Ancient Tree Inventory. Now ten years old, it is a joint venture between the Tree Register of the British Isles and the Ancient Tree Forum. In the past decade well over 100,000 trees have been recorded by volunteers.
Judy has been recording trees all over Scotland since 2007 and went on to explain how to record them and how we can play our part in Perth & Kinross. The wide variety of mature trees on the North Inch gave the group plenty of scope to try their hand at recording trees with Judy demonstrating how to record multi-stemmed trees, knobbly ones, pollarded or coppiced trees, and – importantly – allowing plenty of time for everyone to practice their new-found skills.
The Perth & Kinross Tree Wardens Network will now draw up a list of areas to record, check them against the web-based Register as to which trees have already been recorded, and then arrange small groups to meet and record the trees.
Details will be publicised via www.perthandkinrosstreewardens.co.uk and anyone with an interest in trees, even if they are not Tree Wardens, will be very welcome to join these recording days.
The Chair of the Perth & Kinross Tree Wardens Network, Catherine Lloyd, says “the opportunity for volunteers to record veteran, ancient and notable trees in “Big Tree Country” is a bit daunting, but Judy showed how easy it is to complete the form and send in a photograph. Knowing that local people can contribute directly to a UK-wide database of trees will spur us on, as well as the knowledge that visitors and local communities alike can check the web-based maps to see where these trees are.”
Anyone wishing to take part in the Ancient Tree Hunt can find out more via http://www.ancient-tree-hunt.org.uk/project/getinvolved/takepart.htm.
After nearly 7 years of inactivity since it was sold last, Abernyte Steading is back on sale as a development opportunity with the current planning consent for four houses.
The Shedule and Particulars can be viewed here.
Careful examination of the Shedule reveals that Claudia and Phil's house is also included. I hope someone has told them!
Do you value flowery road verges? Are there good ones you know of that you could pinpoint on the map? Could you photograph them in full flower?
Road verge flowers and other plants need our help.
As we all know, some verges around our local area are covered with flowering plants, ferns and shrubs while others have lost all but a few species of grasses. The more plant species that there are in the verge, the more valuable it is for wildlife.
Loss of flowering plants is one cause of decline of bees and butterflies in the wider countryside. And at the moment roadside cutting in Perthshire is not timed to benefit the plants – so they may be cut down before they have the chance to set seed.
As part of the Braes of the Carse future involvement in the Tay Landscape Partnership “Tay to Braes Wildlife Ways” project, we hope to identify stretches of road verge which would benefit from more sensitive management.
This is a big task as there are hundreds of miles of roads around the Carse and Braes. That is why we need the help of as many volunteers as possible. The project is at an early stage but the first step is to find out what types of road verges need management.
HOW TO TAKE PART
Send in a photograph and/or the location, for example “the south side of the road between Craigdallie and Ballindean”.
It would be even better if you can include a grid reference e.g. “NO254290”. If you have access to GPS you could use that.
It would be helpful if you could say why you chose your particular sites.
Any information is welcome even if you don’t have photos or grid references.
Or leave your information at
· the Cairn O’ Mohr Winery, or
· Inchture Post Office
Thanks for your help!