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Volume Eight - Pre-Victorian to the present day - more aspects - Pamir and Passat - the end of an era . . .

1949 - Passat Wins Grain Race - After Calm - Slow Finish - London, Mon (AAP): 'Four-masted. Finnish barque Passat won the grain race from Australia by several hours. She anchored yesterday afternoon at Barry Roads, South Wales, while her four-masted Finnish rival Pamir was still seaward of Falmouth lighthouse with about three miles to go to Falmouth Harbour. The Passat will dock at Penarth, Glamorgan, today. She will be used by the Food Ministry for grain storage. Captain Iver Hagarstrand said that the voyage had been uneventful. There was a good following wind from Australia to the Equator, but off the Azores the barque struck heavy weather. The decks were awash constantly. Then the weather quietened and the Passat was becalmed. The Pamir was becalmed at the same time. The Passat took 122 days for the voyage. The Pamir took 127 days, having left Australia five days ahead of the Passat. Crew of 31 manning the Passat includes 16 Australians. There are also Australians in the Pamir's crew.' - Daily News [903] Monday 3rd October 1949.

1949 - Windjammers' Grain Race - Passat Berths A Few Hours Before Pamir - London, October 5. — 'The four-masted Finnish barque Passat, which anchored yesterday at Barry Roads, South Wales, won the grain race from Australia by some hours from her rival, the four-master Pamir. As Passat dropped anchor Pamir was still to seaward of Falmouth lighthouse, with, about three miles to go. Passat will dock at Penarth, Glamorgan, tomorrow. She will be used by the Ministry of Food for grain storage. Her skipper, Captain Iver Hagarstrand, said the voyage had been uneventful. There was a good following wind from Australia to the equator, but off the Azores Passat struck heavy weather, and the decks were constantly awash. The worst part was from Queenstown Island to the Bristol Channel, which took 8 days because the ship was becalmed. Passat sailed 17,000 miles on the trip. Passat has a crew of 31, and carried three passengers, one Australian, Miss Betty Northmore, who has now made three trips in a windjammer. There are 16 Australians in the crew. Passat took 121 days for the voyage. Pamir dropped anchor In Falmouth Bay early this evening after a voyage of 127 days. For 38 hours she had been within sight of the port, but was unable to get in because of lack of wind. Aboard her were two New Zealand women, Mrs. Molly Liewendalh, of New Plymouth, wife of the first officer, and Mrs, May Smythe, of Auckland, wife of the second officer. They signed on as stewardesses at a nominal pay of 1/ a month. Pamir battled through two hurricanes and idled through 57 days of flat calm. The worst storm was off Cape Verde, where some of her sails were blown away.' - Daily Mercury [904] Tuesday 4th October 1949.

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