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Barque Lawhill
Title : Barque Lawhill Barque Lawhill
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Source : B 21598 The "Lawhill"
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

The four-masted barque "Lawhill" standing off Port Victoria.

The Lawhill was one of the many ships involved in the Australian grain trade. Before that she had carried jute and then case oil for the Anglo-American Oil Company before being bought by Gustaf Erikson in 1917. After her first voyage for Erikson to South America he placed the ship in the South Australian grain trade and she continued in this right through the Second World War. However in 1941 she was taken over by the South African government and ended her career in 1947 under the South African Blue Ensign. From this we may assume that the date on the photograph is incorrect.
Lawhill was a steel four masted, bald-headed, stump-topgallant barque, a consistent sailer which earned the name the 'Lucky Lawhill'; between 1921-39 Lawhill made 14 voyages to the Spencer Gulf with an average sailing time of 121 days.
Related names :

Gustaf Erikson (Firm)

Coverage year : 1948
Place : Port Victoria
Further reading :

Kahre, Georg, The last tall ships: Gustaf Erikson and the Aland sailing fleets, 1872-1947 London: Conway Maritime Press, 1978

Cormack, Neil W Herzogin Cecilie: the flagship of the Gustaf Erikson fleet of Mariehamn, 1921-1936 [Largs North, S. Aust.: N.W. Cormack], 1996

Cormack, Neil W Sagas of steam and sail [Largs North, S. Aust.]: N.W. Cormack, 2002 (Yorketown, S. Aust.: Pioneer Printing Office) pp. 90-91 Lawhill

Greenhill, Basil, The grain races: the Baltic background London: Conway Maritime, 1986

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State Library of South Australia: Mortlock Wing exhibitions. Wooden Walls and Iron Sides August 2004-



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