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The ship belonged to the citizen of Rijeka and municipal representative Eugen Ciotta, the brother of the famous long-time mayor of Rijeka Giovanni Ciotta, in 12 shares. The other twelve shares belonged to Francesca (Franki) Terza, nee Kranjec, and to the Kostrena seafarer Ivan Krst. Randić. Eugen Ciotta and the respected old Rijeka family de Terzi owned the barque Reka until 1861, when the Bakar seafarer Captain Ivan Šepić became a co-owner with six shares. Since 1868, Ivan Šepić was the sole owner of the ship. She was launched at the beginning of 1846, and by the end of April she was ready for the voyage. After receiving the ocean-going certificate, the Rijeka Port Authority issued a crew list on 29 May 1846, which showed that the ship's crew was composed mainly of sailors from Rijeka, Volosko, Kraj and Kostrena. Along with the Captain Ivan Randić, Vinko Katalinić from Volosko was the clerk, bosun Toma Medanić from Kostrena, Sv. Barbara, cook Ignac Krnetić from Kraj, carpenter Juraj Suzanić from Kostrena, Sv. Lucija, helmsmen Martin Pezelj from Kostrena, Sv. Barbara, Petar Krnetić from Kraj, Franko Velčić from Martina, deck hands Higin Jeglić from Volosko, Anton Brnečić from Bernardova, steward Ivan Ćiković from Rijeka, and Frane Ramić from Rijeka and the thirteen-year-old son of helmsman Pezelj, also Martin were the galley boys. She set sail from Swansea on 14 December 1874, with a cargo of coal for Alexandria. But the barque Reka did not return from that last voyage to the port of destination. The ship sank on 17 December 1874, a hundred miles from Cape Clear. It was not until the end of January 1875 that the Rijeka Maritime Administration (Governo marittimo) delivered a brief letter to the Bakar Port Authority stating that the ship, after sailing from Cardiff, was hit by a severe storm at the height of Sonda Bay and that, despite all attempts, she could not be saved. Captain Car and nine crew members were rescued by another ship, and the 34-year-old helmsman Stjepan Potočnjak from Novi Vinodolski was killed.