Oil painting by Oltmann Jaburg, 1863. Source: Peter-Michael Pawlik, Von der Weser in die Welt; Die Geschichte der Segelschiffe von Weser und Lesum und ihrer Bauwerften 1770 bis 1893, Schriften des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums, Bd. 33 (Hamburg: Kabel, c1993), p. 218. To request a larger copy of this scan, click on the picture.
The Bremen ship OCEAN was built at Vegesack/Grohn by Johann Lange, for the Bremen firm of J. D. Köncke Hermanns Sohn, and was launched on 23 April 1850. 293 Commerzlasten / 697 tons register; 37,9 x 9,6 x 5,9 meters (length x breadth x depth of hold). In 1867, the OCEAN was registered in the name of J.D. Köncke, Bremerhaven; from 1879, she was owned by the Bremen shipping firm of D. Cordes & Co. Captains of the OCEAN under the Bremen flag were, in turn, Johann Elias Janssen, Simon August Klöpper, Johann Hinrich Gätjen, Berend Gärdes, H. Riefe, A.Schütte, and H. D. Vagt.
In 1885, the OCEAN was sold to Westergaard & Hannevig, Christiania, Norway; Captain Andersen. 1888, registered to C. Hannevig, Christiania; Captain A. Moe. 1891, registered to C. Möller, Christiania; Captain A. Moe. In the mid 1890's, sold to A/S Ocean (A. L. Wetlesen) in Fredrikstad; Captain P. J. Andersen. 1897, wrecked.
Source: Peter-Michael Pawlik, Von der Weser in die Welt; Die Geschichte der Segelschiffe von Weser und Lesum und ihrer Bauwerften 1770 bis 1893, Schriften des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums, Bd. 33 (Hamburg: Kabel, c1993), pp. 217-218, no. 207.
[13 Aug 1998]
OCEAN QUEEN (1850)
Painting by Samuel Walters in the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut. For a larger copy of this scan, click on the picture.
The U.S. ship OCEAN QUEEN was built at New York by Jacob A. Westervelt & William Mackey, and was launched in 1850. 1182 tons; 175 feet 3 inches x 38 feet 5 inches x 22 feet 2 inches (length x beam x depth of hold). She sailed in Griswold's Black X Line of sailing packets between New York and London, her westbound passages averaging 33 days, her shortest passage being 23 days, her longest 52 days. In February 1856, W. B. Smith, master, she sailed from London for New York with 90 passengers and a crew of 33, and went missing.
Sources: Robert Greenhalgh Albion, Square-riggers on Schedule; The New York Sailing Packets to England, France, and the Cotton Ports (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1938), pp. 282-283; Carl C. Cutler, Queens of the Western Ocean; The Story of America's Mail and Passenger Sailing Lines (Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1961), pp. 330 and 390.
[16 Jun 1999]
U.S. steamship OCEAN QUEEN  - See: QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC (1857)