This is a picture of the ship Falco, depicted with the Hong Kong mountains in the background. It carries the flag for the Swedish union with Norway and was in an auction house in Stockholm last year.
The brig Falco
Submitted by Sean
According to information given with the sale the brig Falco was built in 1860 for Winberg & Meyers of Karlshamn. Winberg & Meyers was one of the largest Wholesale Trade and shipping companies. Falco was wrecked in a storm in 1879 in the Irish Sea.
My interest in this ship stems from the fact that my great grandfather, Jons Jakobsson, who was a ship's cook, first left Karlshamn sometime in 1858 and later made a life for himself in Hong Kong. He also brought his two brothers out to join him.
I have always had difficulty in working out how he and his brothers got to Hong Kong because most emigration from Sweden was to America. Now another researcher has found that two sailors from the Karlshamn area died on the ship Falco on a passage to the Far East. The first died in Hong Kong in 1864 and the second in Singapore in 1865. This makes it possible for either my great grandfather or one of his brothers to have sailed on this ship.
I wonder if anyone can give me any information regarding this ship and her arrival in HK.
Date picture taken (may be approximate):
Friday, January 1, 1864