Launched from the same Belfast shipyards some 25 years before the Titanic, the Polly Woodside was a three-masted, iron-hulled barque designed not for luxury but as a global workhorse, and it ended its days as an ignominious coal lighter in Melbourne.
With only maps, compass, and a sextant to rely on, some ships left on a voyage and were never seen again, though the Polly had an exceptional safety record: Only eight sailors met their end on her watch.
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