I REFER TO MR CLEMENTS ENQUIRY which appeared in the April 2010 issue of Sea Breezes regarding the sailing vessels Queen Elizabeth and Queen Margaret. I have in my possession a number of Basil Lubbock’s most authoritative books on square rigged sailing vessels.
One such publication The Last of the Windjammers, Volume II which is a first edition, published during 1929, makes reference to the four masted barque Queen Margaret owned by John Black & Co. This vessel is described as “one of the fastest and most beautiful of the carriers of the 1890’s”. A description of her, several illustrations and a record of some of her voyages, together with an account of her stranding (and loss) at the Lizard are contained within the book. One illustration - a photograph - would indicate that she shares the same paint scheme as that of the photograph of Queen Elizabeth as contained within your letter, and there is good reason to suggest some form of ownership link between them.
Regrettably I can find no record whatsoever of Queen Elizabeth in the four out of a total of 13 Basil Lubbock authored publications covering sailing vessels over the 18th to (early) 20th Centuries. In spite of their vintage, and if you are interested, Basil Lubbock’s books are still available from their original publishers – Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd of Glasgow, and a full listing of them, plus many other maritime subjects, is available on their website www.skipper.co.uk.
ALAN W BLACKWOOD
6 Welbeck Mews
Troon, Ayrshire, KA10 6BG
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