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.

Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo
Registered owners,managers and operators T. & J. Brocklebank Ltd
Builders W. H. Potter & Son(s),
Yard Liverpool
Country UK
Yard number 93
Registry Liverpool
Official number 81396
Call sign N/A
Classification society N/K
Gross tonnage 2,026
Net tonnage 1,967
Deadweight N/K
Length 276.6 ft
Overall Length N/K
Breadth 40.1 ft
Depth 24.2 ft
Draught N/K
Engines N/A
Engine builders N/A
Works N/A
Country N/A
Power: N/A
Boiler N/A
Propulsion Sail
Speed N/K
Cargo capacity N/K
Crew N/K

Additional Construction Information

  • She was an iron-built sailing vessel
  • From the wreck report (see below) she had three masts

Career Highlights

Date Event
21 Aug 1880 Launched
October 1880 Completed

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Wrecked
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 [197]. His great-grandfather was one of the survivors.

Report of the wreck 16 March 1905 [154]