T. & J. Brocklebank provided shipping services to India amongst other destinations so it is not surprising that they would name ships after places in India. Khyber is now part of Pakistan and borders on Afghanistan which can be reached by way of the Khyber Pass. The latter place which had became well-known in 1878 as a result of the Battle of Ali Masjid - the opening battle of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Brocklebank, unlike many shipping companies, tended not to re-use the names of their ships and this was their only vessel of this name and delivered in 1880.
I have been unable to locate a photo of this vessel.
|Registered owners,managers and operators||T. & J. Brocklebank Ltd|
|Builders||W. H. Potter & Son(s),|
- She was an iron-built sailing vessel
- From the wreck report (see below) she had three masts
|21 Aug 1880||Launched|
|Service History Information||Sold to John Joyce of Liverpool by 1899. Sold to Galgate Shipping Co. Ltd., (John Joyce, manager), Liverpool by 1900. On 15 March 1905 the vessel encountered a violent gale whilst en route from Port Phillip, Australia for Queenstown Ireland (now known as Cobh) with a cargo of bagged wheat and was driven ashore wrecked at Porthloe Cove near Porthgwarra, Cornwall with the loss of 23 lives.|
The following account is from the Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette 16 March 1905. It notes that only three of the crew survived. The same edition reports several other wrecks, damage property and someone being blown over a cliff at Brighton.
Furthe information about the wreck and some photos of the scene can be found on Jonathan Edgar's website . His great-grandfather was one of the survivors.