|Basil Lubbock 1876-1944|
|Mr. Lubbock has written many books
focusing on the glorious sailing ships. He wanted to preserve in written form their
memory. Colonial Clippers with illustrations and plans was published by
James Brown & Son, 52 to
58 Darnely St, Glasgow 1921. 433pp. Search NMM manuscript collection, under
for his bio. (First
published 1921) Third Edition 1924 with 91 illustrations oil paintings,
lithographs and photographs. online
This book is divided into four parts:
1. The Black Ball Line, White Star Line, Eagle and other Lines that carried emigrants from Liverpool to Australia.
2. The wool clippers that traded between Melbourne Sydney and South Australia also dealing with the Tasmanian clipper barques.
3. The Iron Sailing Ships 1860 - 1900 to Australia with general cargo and back home with wool.
4. The New Zealand Trade and the Shaw Saville, New Zealand Shipping Company
|Illustrations in Colonial Clippers|
|Illustrations with a NZ connection.
Photographs related to the UK-Australia clippers are not mentioned.
City of Adelaide
Invercargill, off Tairo Heads
Turarkino, ex City of Perth
Wellington, at Picton, Queen Charlotte Sound
|Dedicated to all those who learnt the art of
the sea so thoroughly and practised it so skillfully aboard the Colonial Clippers.
To the sail and the sail-trained seamen more than to any other cause do we owe our nation's greatness. By sail were our homesteads kept safe from the enemy; by sail were our coasts charted; sail took the adventurous pioneers to the new land, and sail brought home the products of these new lands to the Old Country and made her the Market of the World.
|The New Zealand Trade|
|The "Mayflowers" of New Zealand -
the beautiful sailing ships which brought the settlers from the Old County to the
wonderful New County - Maoriland. In addition to the vessels mentioned above,
under illustrations Lubbock in the New Zealand Trade chapter of The Colonial Clippers
has details on the following vessels as well as a list of Shaw, Savill & Co. vessels.
Chariot of Fame
Robert Duncan's six sister ships:
"To sail and the sail-trained seaman more than to any other cause do we our nation's greatness. By sail were our homesteads kept safe from the enemy; by sail were our coasts charted; sail took adventurous pioneers to the new land, and sail brought home the products of these new lands to the Old Country and made her the Market of the World. This book is an attempt to preserve in written form what the fading memory is fast forgetting - the Glorious History of the Sailing Ship." Basil Lubbock.
As o'ver the moon, fast fly the amber
They're gone, the Clyde-built darlings, like a dream,
Alfred Basil Lubbock was b. in England on 9th September 1876. He was educated at Eton College and was a member of the First XI cricket team, 1894-95. In 1897 Lubbock went to Canada and traveled over the infamous Chilkoot Trail to the Klondike in the second year of the gold rush. On 12th July 1899 he joined the crew of the four-masted barque "Royalshire" as an ordinary seaman. He describes the voyage from San Francisco to Liverpool in his "Round the Horn before the Mast". During the Boer war Lubbock held a commission in Menne's Scouts, a South African Force, and was mentioned in dispatches for helping save a life under fire. He was an officer of the 1/3 Wessex Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, 1914-1919, served in India and France and was awarded the Military Cross. He then devoted the remainder of his life to recording the history of the sailing ship and of those who manned them, between 1850 and 1930 which are recorded in his famous books. He died on 3rd September 1946.
His encyclopaedic knowledge of ships, ship models and seamen was gained with so much labour was ungrudgingly available to inquiriers.
Obituary The Times, Sep. 5 1944 pg. 7
Mr Alfred Basil Lubbock died at Monk's Orchard, Blatchington, Seaford, Sussex, Sep. 4 1944. He was born on Sep. 9 1876, s/o Alfred Lubbock (seventh s/o Sir John Lubbock, second baronet, and a brother of the first Lord Avebury). He was educated at Eton. In 1897 he left for Canada and in the second year of the gold rush went into Klondyke over the Chilcoot trail. When he left Klondyke he shipped on a four-masted barque as an ordinary seaman and came around Cape Horn. On the outbreak of the South African War he volunteered for active service and received a commission on Menne's Scouts. No one writes on the subject with authority. During the Boer War Mr Lubbock saw what was probably the largest fleet of sailing-ships ever gathered together in modern days. This was in Table Bay. In addition to the vessels discharging in the docks, he counted over 150 ships waiting their turn at anchor, and he observed that the greater number were foreigners, many of them Frenchmen. During WW1 he served as an officer in the R.F.A. in India and France and was awarded the M.C. Lubbocks's early experiences as a sailor before the mast aroused in him a love for sailing ships which decided him to devote himself to setting down their technical details and history of their achievements before the records were ever forgotten. In 1921 "The Colonial Clippers" appeared. In 1912 he married Dorothy Mary, widow of Commander T.U. Thynne, R.N. and daughter of the late Mr. C. Warner, C.B.