Hallowe'en (clipper)

Hallowe’en was a 920-ton iron clipper ship. She was built in 1870 by Maudslay, Son & Field at Greenwich, England, for Jock Willis & Sons (commissioned by John Willis, junior), and was a sister ship to the clipper ship Blackadder.

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 United KingdomUnited Kingdom
OwnerJock Willis & Sons
BuilderMaudslay, Son & Field, Greenwich, England
Launched4 June 1870
FateWrecked 1887
General characteristics
Class and typeIron clipper ship
Tons burthen970,99 GRT
Length216 ft 6 in (65.99 m)
Beam35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draught20 ft 5 in (6.22 m)
Sail planFull-rigged ship[1]

Due to faults in Blackadder, which caused dismasting on her maiden voyage, Hallowe’en was not handed over to Willis for nearly 18 months after her launch due to protracted legal action.

Record passage from China to LondonEdit

In 1874–1875, Hallowe’en sailed from Shanghai China, to London with a cargo of tea in 91 days, a record time, arriving 20 January 1875. She was fast in light airs and recorded many fast passages between China and the United Kingdom.

In 1887, Hallowe’en was on passage from Fuzhou, China, loaded with tea when she was wrecked in the English Channel at Soar Mill Cove off Salcombe, South Devon, England.[1]


  1. ^ a b Bruzelius, Lars (24 August 1996). "Sailing Ships "Hallowe'en"". Hallowe'en. The Maritime History Virtual Archives. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
The ship Hallowe'en

Coordinates: 50°14′16″N 3°45′51″W / 50.2377°N 3.7642°W / 50.2377; -3.7642