The wooden barque 'Heather Bell', 479 tons, docked in Newcastle, with the Coutts Sailor's Home in view to the furthest right. [wooden ship, later barque rigged, 472 tons, later 575 and then 479 tons (due to minor alterations and remeasurements) 155.0 x 28.5 x 17.5. Built 1855 Hall, Aberdeen. ON32005. Owners: built for Thomas Brown and Co., registered Hobart: sold to Samuel Tullock and registered Launceston: acquired in early 1870s by Anderson, Anderson and Co., and registered London (reversing a more common trend of Australian owners buying from English proprietors) returned to Australian owners at Melbourne in 1881. In October 1882 owned by George Bailey and registered Port Adelaide. In August 1888 sold to owners in Newcastle, NSW and believed to have been allowed to rot on the bank, however Lubbock states she was broken up in Sydney in 1894. Until her sale toward the end of the 1870s this vessel was regularly employed in the UK-Australian trade and initially was employed sailing to Tasmania, upon sale to Anderson she commenced to trade more frequently to Sydney and Melbourne. The ship was famous for an exceptionally fast run to England of 67 days in 1856 that was seldom bettered ('Vanished Fleets', by Villiers, page 220 gives full details and also 'Colonial Clippers' page 127 and 128. Australian owners available from AMHS on request).