Otago Witness Saturday April 24 1880 page 16
Ship Calypso run down and sunk off Margate. All hands saved. The Calypso was commandeered by Captain Hird, and left Port Chalmers for London on January 19th with the following passengers:-
Benniwith Mr H Callaghor Mr Closs Mr J Gibbs Mrs Grant Mr and Mrs Imrie and family (5) McConnell Mr A D Miller Mr T A Montgomery Mr G Nicol Mrs Thomas Miss Will Mr W
Her cargo consisted of 4376 bales of wool and sundries, of a total value of �87,896. She was owned by Captain Leslie and others, and was fully insured, all the Colonial offices having full lines upon her. Messrs Dalgety and Co.
Calypso, a clipper ship of 1,061 tons, built by Alexander Hall and Son of Aberdeen in 1874. Length x breath x depth 205.4 x 34.6 x 20.4 ft. She made five voyages out to Port Chalmers under Captain James Leslie and the her last two under Captain Herd with the average being under 90 days. In 1880 just as she was completing a voyage from Dunedin to London, was anchored off the mouth of the Thames when rammed by the small steamer Hawk, on the night of 14 April 1880, foundering soon after. No loss of life.
Otago Witness Saturday June 12 1880 page 15
London, May 22
The Calypso arrived all well, after a good passage, at the mouth of the Thames on the 13th inst., but anchored in the Prince's Channel, and early on the 14th was run into and sunk by an inward-bound steamer, the Hawk. All hands and passengers were saved. Some of the cargo has been recovered by divers, but it is doubtful if the ship herself can be saved.
It was a fine clear night, and both the ship and her light were plainly seen. The Calypso lies in 50 feet of water, and divers are at present at work saving what they can of the cargo, but as yet they have made very little progress. Part of the cargo has been settled at a total loss. Messrs Murray, Robert, and Co., will probably take 75 per cent. from the insurance companies. Both the crew and passengers lost their effects. The Hawk was valued at about �5000.
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