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Birkdale, a steel, steam-powered barque built in 1892, is best known for being the inspiration behind many paintings by John Everett. Everett joined the barque Birkdale (as third mate) in 1920 and on a short voyage drew and painted many drawings and paintings, most of which are hung in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. She was the last barque to fly the red ensign, and she spent almost all her working life carrying nitrate from Chile. In June 1927, Birkdale ran aground and wrecked after catching fire in the Nelson Strait while en route to Peru.

Possibly named for an area of that name in Southport, Merseyside, Lancs.

Visited Fremantle, and the house in Solomon Street was named after her, according to informant Peter Dedman.

References and Links

Wikipedia article, from which the first two images come. The third is from a painting by Everett.

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