Bound for the West - East India Clipper Ship Waimate indistinctly signed lower left "Montague Dawson" oil on canvas 24 x 36 in. (60.9 x 91.4 cm.)
Waimate was built by J. Blumer and Company at Sunderland in 1870, she had a gross tonnage of 1123 tons. During her voyages to New Zealand, she held the record for the fastest passage from London to Lyttleton of 74 days. On one run home to London, the Waimate narrowly avoided disaster when she suddenly found herself land locked off the Patagonian coast. Like all vessels making the run home, her anchors had been unshackled and stowed along with her large chains which were run down into the chain lockers. The Waimate found herself off a rocky rugged coast full of indentations with very deep water right up to the cliffs on a dark and dirty night, being pushed towards the shore so the crew had no choice but to round the vessel by canvas, and bring up and put out the anchors. Fortunately the anchors held and the ship and her compliment were saved. During her many runs to Lyttleton, Wellington, Port Chalmers and Auckland the Waimate never met with any other serious situations. She was sold to the Russians in 1896 she was renamed the Valkyrian and lost without trace between Newcastle, NSW and Chile in 1899, while bound for Iquique.
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