The Inca: Five–masted Schooner

by John MacFarlane 2017


The Inca (Photo courtesy of the MMBC. )

The Inca was built in 1896 by Hall Brothers Marine Railway & Shipbuilding Co. at Port Blakely WA. 65.7m x 12.6m x 5m wooden hull 901.8gt 1014 tons displacement.


The Inca (Photo courtesy of the MMBC. )

Miss Melusina Thornton, the nine–year–old daughter of Chief Engineer Thornton of the steamer Sarah Renton, christened the new boat as it slipped into the water a few minutes before 11 o’clock on the morning of November 11, 1896. On December 7th, 1913 Captain Rasmussen carried 1,250,000 board feet of lumber from Victoria BC to South Africa. She was registered at San Francisco CA USA.

On October 10, 1920 she left Eureka CA with a cargo of redwood timber bound for Sydney Australia. During the voyage she was dismasted in Sydney Australia. On December 7, 1920 she was abandoned by all hands except for two volunteers who stayed behind. The Captain, his wife and the other 10 members of the crew set out in boats and were rescued by the steamship Cosmos which towed the Inca to Sydney where she arrived on December 18th. She discharged her cargo and was subsequently hulked.

On December 22nd,1926 the Inca was set on fire as a prop for the Hollywood film "For the Term of His Natural Life".


The Inca (Photo courtesy of the MMBC. )

To quote from this article please cite:

MacFarlane, John M. (2017) The Inca: Five–masted Schooner. 2017.

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