THORPE, Ashley; McCOLLIN, W.H.
Log book of the barque “Hippalos” (Sydney), for voyages between New South Wales and New Zealand, including her final voyage on which she was shipwrecked on November 20 1909.
Unique manuscript record of Australian-New Zealand maritime commerce prior to World War One – with an unexpected and dramatic conclusion!
[Sydney : Turner & Henderson, … Nautical Stationers …, 1909]. Large quarto log book, original cloth backed papered boards with Turner & Henderson label to upper board (heavily rubbed and stained), containing the trans-Tasman voyage logs of the barque Hippalos (Sydney), a cargo vessel carrying coal, steel and timber between Clarence River, Newcastle and Sydney, and Napier and Timaru, May-November 1909;  pages with manuscript entries; the final two logs are for the ship’s penultimate voyage outward from Clarence River to Timaru, and her fateful homeward voyage, on which she struck Walrus Rock en route from Timaru to Havelock in the early hours of November 20; the final entries in the log, written by first mate Ashley H. Thorpe, contain his firsthand account of the incident, in which the Hippalos foundered and was lost, but her crew were saved: all hands took to the lifeboats, and managed to reach the shore at Titirangi where they were picked up by the steamer Elsie the following day; Thorpe’s poignant final entry reads: ‘Thus endeth the life of the Hippalos’; outermost leaves with browning and mild foxing, else a remarkably well preserved document; accompanied by an envelope with a substantial number of old newspaper cuttings relating to the wreck of the Hippalos, and to the Sydney suburb of Mosman, all collected by Thorpe, as well as later newspaper obituaries for Thorpe (1932) kept by a family member.