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Derek Gardner: Moshulu

Derek G M Gardner, RSMA

The Four Masted Barque "Moshulu"

7 x 9¾ inches

The four-masted barque Moshulu built on the Clyde at Port Glasgow by Wm Hamilton for Siemens of Hamburg. Launched in 1904 and originally named Kurt for German owners, she usually brought back nitrate cargoes from Chile to Germany.  After internment at Astoria in 1914, she passed into American hands when the United States entered the war and is better remembered under the euphonious Native American name Moshulu by which she was renamed after being taken over by US Shipping Board.

She was acquired by Gustav Erikson in 1935 when she became one of his fleet of windjammers under the flag of Finland in the grain trade from Australia, but was taken by Germans off Norway in 1940 and hulked.

There were later failed efforts to raise and restore the vessel before she ended her career as a floating restaurant.

Derek Gardner: Moshulu

Derek Gardner: Moshulu

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