1. Extract from "Last of the Windjammers" by Basil Lubbock. Vol. 1 The case of the Ada Iredale was even more extraordinary. This iron ship of 997 tons, with her coal cargo alight, was abandoned in the South Pacific on October 15, 1876, when about 2000 miles east of the Marquesas Islands. After drifting westward in the equatorial current for eight months, she was picked up by a French cruiser and towed into Papeete with her cargo still burning. This, apparently, was not extinguished until May, 1878, when the ship was bought by San Franciscans, repaired and given a new outfit of sails and rigging. She was renamed the Annie Johnson, and like the Pyrenees sailed the seas for many a long day.
2. Other references for Ada Iredale: "Downeasters" written by B. Lubbock. "Bounty Ships of France" written by Villiers and Picard.
3. The Ada Iredale "One of the more interesting ships to come out of Harrington was the ADA IREDALE, an iron barque of 825 tons, built by R. Williamson in 1872 for Iredale and Porter (actually P. Iredale & Co - Author's note) of Liverpool. Early in 1876 the ADA IREDALE was abandoned with her coal cargo on fire, and she drifted for eight months before being salvaged and rebuilt in 1878. She later came into the hands of the Americans, who re-named her ANNIE JOHNSON and registered her at Frisco. where a diesel engine was fitted into her as late as 1923. In 1927 the vessel passed into the hands of a French firm , who registered her at Tahiti. changing her name once again, this time to BRETAGNE. She then figured in Lloyds register as an iron screw four-masted schooner 212 ft. long: 31 ft. beam, with a gross tonnage of 1,029 tons. When on passage from Vancouver to Suva in the Fiji Islands. the BRETAGNE was abandoned off the coast of Oregon, on Saturday, October 5th 1929. Her crew, including the captain's wife and daughter, were taken off by the American ship Whitney Olson."
From: "Ships of West Cumberland" by Desmond G. Sythes
4. Contribution from Charles Lee
Date: 27.01.00 22:16:22 (MEZ)
5. From the Roseburg News Review, October 5, 1929, page 1:
The Bretagne was a four-masted schooner with auxiliary oil engines.