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Sailing Ship Model - Garthpool, (Juteopolis) Object Reg. No: ST 017940

The four-masted steel-hulled barque 'Garthpool' (2842 GRT) was built by W.B. Thompson & Co. Ltd at Dundee, Scotland in 1891. This ship was originally named 'Juteopolis' owned by Captain C. Barrie after the nickname given to Dundee as a centre of textile production. Between 1901 and 1912 she carried cased oil between the USA and Asia for the Anglo-American Oil Company. Soon after she was sold to G. Windram & Co. of Liverpool. John Williams was Second Mate of 'Juteopolis' between 1917 and 1919, later residing in Melbourne he later gained international recognition for directing the salvage of gold bars from the wreck of the RMS Niagara off the coast of New Zealand in 1940-41 and eventually became Chairman of the Australian National Line. 'Juteopolis' was sold after the First World War to the Marine Navigation Co. of Canada Ltd and renamed 'Garthpool'. Sir William Garthwaite was the president of the Company and the prefix 'Garth' was given to their ships. Garthpool was used on the Australian trade for wheat transport. The vessel was wrecked at Boa Vista in the Cape Verde Islands in 1929 on a voyage from Hull to South Australia and was the last large square rigged sailing ship in British merchant marine service.

This model was built by Swedish-born shipwright Frans August Soderberg (1859-1935). The case was made by his brother Wilhelm Thure Soderberg. Frans Soderberg arrived in Victoria as a ship's carpenter on the 'SS Protos'. He jumped ship and settled in Williamstown, Victoria, later moving to various places in Victoria and New South Wales. He worked on the Wimmera Railway repairing timber bridges and was later employed by Dorman Long & Co. in South Melbourne as a foreman while living in Box Hill. His brother Wilhelm was a member af the Ship Lover's Society of Victoria and he may have suggested to Frans that he donate this 1:168 scale model of the 'Garthpool' to the Museum in 1930 following the loss of the ship in the previous year..
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Frans Soderberg, 1930
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 300 mm (Height), 750 mm (Width), 650 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: barques, modelmaking, sailing vessels, scale models, ship models, world war i 1914-1918, almaarboleya
Themes this item is part of: Transport Collection
Primary Classification: WATER TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Wind Power - Sailing Vessels
Tertiary Classification: model barques
Model Scale: 1:13.9
Maker: W.B. Thomson & Co Ltd, Dundee, Scotland, Great Britain, 1891
Modelmaker: Mr Frans Soderberg, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
Modelmaker: Mr Wilhelm Soderberg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


angus Elliott Posted on 08 Feb 2010 3:53 PM
In 1921 Sir william Garthwaite perchased the Garthpool as part of a cargo fleet.He purchased others, such as the Alstron.WHY did he not rename the Alstron to Garthalstron?.Unable to locate data on the trip the Alstron took to France 1919 1920.Can you help?.
Discovery Centre Posted on 09 Feb 2010 10:30 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Interesting questions, Angus! We'll pass them on to our maritime transport expert, and see what we can come up with.
Jessica S. Fox Posted on 05 Mar 2010 10:22 AM
Dear Sir/Madam,

I am researching the story of the Garthpool's last voyage and wonder if you or colleagues have any further knowledge of the full story? (Other than the nice blurb above with pictures of the model; I know these details so any additional details would be most appreciated)

Also any details about it's last crew, headed by Captain David Thomson, as I am working on learning about their origin's and ultimate fates.

You see, my great grsndfather, Christopher Bedford Steel (1907-1943) was a passenger/apprentice aboard the Garthpool for the experience, on what turned out to be it's last voyage in late 1929!

Any help or information would be most appreciated,

Yours sincerely,

Jessica S. Fox
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Mar 2010 3:48 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jessica - One of our Museum Curators has advised there is an extensive description of the ship in Captain John Williams’ autobiography ‘So Ends This Day’ published in 1981. However this deals mostly with the period of the First World War. There are a number of excellent photographs in the State Library of Victoria website as well: http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/collections/pictures/index.html. Good luck with your research!
andrew garthwaite Posted on 02 May 2010 6:30 AM
In reply to comment above
my father (the owners son) went on the garthpool in 1927. we have pictures and a letter.

You can the obitury (which I wrote) in the times obitary pages Dec 93/Jan 94.

the story of the last voyage is simple.
1) the captain saw a boat in foggy conditions and believed it represented a shorte cut through the reef. The boat however was on the reef.

2) to save face in the injury , the iron ore content of the the cape verde islands was used as an excuse (as it would apperently have altered the compass bearing).
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 May 2010 2:47 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Further, Jessica, you may be interested in the National Library of Australia's search page on trove, where a search for relevant phrases will find a number of interesting historical articles: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper
Robert Carter Posted on 24 Aug 2011 9:26 AM
I have researched much of this ships History and interviewed several of her crew. see my book 'Windjammers The Final Story' page 88 and PL VI

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