Welcome to the list....I remember you from another mailing list..
I found the following posting by googling ss ship avoca
>The AVOCA was a 1,480 gross ton ship, length 257ft x beam 32.1ft,
hull, clipper bows, one funnel, two masts (rigged for sail), single screw
and a speed of 11 knots.
Built in 1866 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton, she was placed on the P&O
Line's Ceylon to Australia service in Nov.1866. In 1876 she transferred to
the Melbourne - Sydney feeder service and in Oct.1882 was sold to agent of
the Sultan of Zanzibar. Later purchased by Hajee Cassum Joosub, Bombay and
scrapped in 1900.[Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.1, P&O Line]
For photos try the National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
+44-20-8858-4422 (020-8858-4422 in UK)
or World Ship Society photo library .
Many ships on the Far East services were armed against pirates and
presumably carried gunners.<<
I'll keep looking for you.
What was your Ancestors name ?
BTW since you are new to the list you may not be aware of this very helpful
but OH!! so time wasting website where there are all sorts of lists of
names etc...make sure you have plenty of time to scour the pages and the
lists....or else remember to go back there often and often..
good Luck in your search.....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Goldstraw" <goldies(a)westvic.com.au>
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 3:57 PM
Subject: [SRILANKA] 1868 boats to Galle
I am trying to trace and ancestor who was on the AVOCA sailing from
Melbourne Australia to Galle in 1868. I wondered how I would be able to
any information as to whether the boat sank in the Harbor or why he should
be going to Galle.
His name was John McKinnon. The Suez Canal didn't open till 1869. Maybe he
died in Galle,I have no information.
To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to
SRILANKA-request(a)rootsweb.com with the word 'unsubscribe' without the
quotes in the subject and the body of the message