Notes:-Whaler versus Steamer: The pursuit of the Ville de Bordeaux, 1841

By Ian Rodger, published March 2021

Abstract

The Ville de Bordeaux  was built in Bordeaux in 1836–7 as a man of war for the Brazilian navy. When payment was not forth- coming, it was bought by a group of business- men headed by a M. David and fitted out as a whaler. On 21 February 1837 it embarked on a whaling trip with a crew of 50 led by Captain Pierre Largeteau. The ship was built of oak, was copper fastened, and had a displacement of 826 tons. It is reported to have cost £30,000 to build.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Whaling & Fishing

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