Research collection re vessel Jhelum.



The Jhelum was a wooden 3 masted ship of 427 tons built in Liverpool by Joseph Steel and Sons in 1849 and hulked in the Falklands in 1871. The wreck was investigated by the staff of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, including Mike Stammers and John Kearon, between 1987-2000. A book, 'The Jhelum, A Victorian Merchant Vessel' by Michael Stammers and John Kearon was produced from the research, published in 1992. A copy is in The Archives Centre library collection, reference 312.STA. This archive collection contains records relating to the survey and investigation plus a draft of the book. The book contains a history of the vessel, its construction, management, captains and crew, and its last voyage. The story of the vessel is summarised in this quote from the Introduction to 'The Jhelum, A Victorian Merchant Vessel', taken from the Introduction 'Her shipbuilder-merchant owners ran her mainly to the west coast of South America, carrying general cargo out and copper, nitrates and wool homeward until 1863. She was then sold and continued training mainly with coal cargoes outwards and guano homewards on the same route. She had made eighteen round voyages and was on her nineteenth when she put into Stanley into the Falkland Islands in a sinking condition in August 1870. After a long delay she was formally abandoned in 1871 and converted into a storage hulk'. The attached list is only of part of the collection, paper lists of photographs and video shots are available at The Archives Centre.