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Built by:Mr. John Laird.
Yard No.:
Launched:18th March 1854
Tonnage:520 tons
Length:165 feet
Breadth:15' 6"
Depth:13 feet in hold
Machinery:Built by Humphreys, Tennant, and Dyke, London. 150 hp
Built of:Iron.
Type:Screw Steamer
Registered:20th April 1854 to MecGregor Laird.
Official No.:1854
Other info:Launched at haft-past one o'clock by Miss Jane M'Gregor, a girl about four years of age, christened the vessel.
History:27th March/3rd April 1853. Had her engines fitted.
19th April 1854. Entered outwards from the Custom House, London.
3rd May 1854. Arrived at Tenerife.
14th May 1854. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
17th May 1854. Sailed from Sierra Leone for the coast. Being several days behind her time.
10th May 1854. Arrived at Bathurst.
30th May 1854. At Bathurst. A case containing £2,000 specie was lost overboard in 11 fathoms of water, while being transferred from ship to a boat, for the purpose of being landed. All attempts to recover it have been, as yet, without success.
26th April 1854. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain Dring.
14th May 1854. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
2nd June 1854. Arrived at Fernando Po.
5th June 1854. Sailed from Fernando Po.
10th June 1854. Sailed from Cameroons.
12th June 1854. Sailed from Old Calabar.
13th June 1854. Sailed from Bonny.
16th June 1854. Sailed from Lagos.
18th June 1854. Sailed from Accra.
19th June 1854. Sailed from Cape Coast Castle.
22nd June 1854. Off Cape Palmas, lost her propeller, and proceeded to Sierra Leone under canvas.
30th June 1854. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
10th July 1854. She was supplied with a small spare propeller belonging to the ‘Forerunner’.
22nd July 1854. Sailed from Sierra Leone.
27th July 1854. Arrived at Bathurst.
28th July 1854. Arrived at Goree.
6th August 1854. Arrived at Tenerife.
8th August 1854. Arrived at Madeira.
17th August 1854. Arrived at Plymouth, being more than a month overdue, with a general cargo of palm oil, gold dust, gun, and ivory.
26th September 1854. Refitting in the Thames, previous to starting as the first ship on a new line to Mogador, projected by her spirited proprietors.
7th October 1854. John Vivash died will the ship was in Cripps Way, River Thames, having the propeller fitted.
20th October 1854. Cleared out with cargo by the Custom-House, London.
24th October 1854. Arrived at Plymouth.
25th October 1854. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain H. Dring, for the West Coast of Africa.
4th November 1854. At Tenerife.
29th November 1854. Sailed from Fernando Po.
30th November 1854. Sailed from Cameroons.
2nd December 1854. Sailed from Old Calabar.
6th December 1854. Sailed from Bonny. Trade very slack, though the news of a further rise in the price of palm oil has set all hands hard at work.
9th December 1854. Sailed from Lagos.
11th December 1854. Sailed from Accra, arrived at Cape Coast and sailed.
23rd December 1854. Sailed from Moarouia and calling at Cape Palmas and Sestos River.
24th December 1854. Bishop Vidal, who embarked at Lagos, died at sea of fever contracted during his visitation at Abbeokuta.
6th January 1855. Sailed from Sierra Leone.
11th January 1855. Sailed from Bathurst.
12th January 1855. Sailed from Goree.
20th January 1855. Sailed from Tenerife.
24th January 1855. Sailed from Madeira.
3rd February 1855. Arrived in Plymouth, from the West Coast of Africa with a full cargo, comprising palm oil, ivory, gum, pepper, camwood, wax guinea grains, palm fibre, cochineal, with 3000 ounces of gold dust, and some specie. She had a slow and unpleasant passage home.
11th February 1855. Arrived at Gravesend from the Coast of Africa.
3rd April 1855. Sailed from Gravesend for the Crimea.
9th May 1855. Sailed from Constantinople.
14th May 1855. Arrived at Malta.
3rd June 1855. Arrived at Portsmouth, after discharged military invalids, sailed for Deptford.
4th June 1855. Passed through the Downs.
5th July 1855. Passed Deal for the Crimea.
19th July 1855. Arrived at Portsmouth with hospital stores for Kenikios, at the Dardanelles.
19th September 1855. Arrived at Constantinople from Balaklava.
7th December 1855. Arrived at Balaklava.
28th December 1855. Sailed from Balaklava.
11th February 1856. Passed Deal from the Black Sea.
20th March 1856. Assistant-Surgeon John O’Neal, 91st Regiment, will proceed to Deptford, where he will embark on board for Greece.
22nd March 1856. Screw Transport ? 12 taking in the greatest portion of her freight at Deptford, consisting of naval stores for the Crimea.
23rd March 1856. Received orders to proceed to Woolwich, to fill up with 131½ tons of war materials. Having taken up her moorings off the Royal Arsenal, she received a counter order per telegraph to get up steam and return to Deptford. This and other circumstances lead to the conclusion that a peaceful termination to present hostilities in the Crimea is not far distant.
30th March 1856. Passed Deal for Balaklava.
8th May 1856. Arrived at Malt from Gibraltar.
5th June 1856. Sailed from Malta for England.
21st July 1856. Sailed from Constantinople for England.
21st August 1856. Arrived at Portsmouth with stores from the Crimea.
23rd August 1856. Passed Deal as a Government transport from Cadiz.
9th October 1856. Entered outwards from the Custom House for Oporto.
18th October 1856. Sailed from Gravesend and later passed Deal for Oporto.
12th November 1856. Arrived at Gravesend from Oporto.
20th November 1856. Cleared out with cargo from the Custom Mouse for Oporto.
21st November 1856. Passed Deal, from London for Oporto.
16th December 1856. Sailed from Oporto for London.
24th December 1856. Entered outward by the Custom House, for Oporto.
12th January 1857. At Douro sustained damage due to a heavy gale.
17th January 1857. Sailed from Oporto with 124 oxen.
21st January 1857. Encountered a furious gale, and lost her main and mizzen topmasts and suffered other damage.
22nd January 1857. 72 oxen died and were thrown overboard in the Bay of Biscay.
24th January 1857. Arrived at Southampton from Oporto with 10 casks of tallow, 87 pipes, 29 hogs-heads, 103 quarter casks, and 82 cases of wine, 67 chests of oranges, 9 cases of specie, of the value of £7406., and 6 cases of the value of 55,309 oitavos, when it came to unload the oxen it was found several more died and many others in a dying state. Some were severely gored and had their horns broken, and the remainder when disembarked presented a deplorable spectacle.
28th February 1857. Sailed from Gravesend for Oporto.
29th March 1857. Went over the reef, Falgueira Rock, Oporto, broke in two and was a total loss.
8th April 1857. Nothing has come in or gone out of Oporto. Latterly there has been a heavy sea rolling in upon the Bar from the westward, and there is a smart current in the river, which prevents the Bar being sounded, and, until it has been, nothing will come in or go out. It is feared that the wreck will be rather in the way of vessels crossing the Bar; but her exact position cannot be ascertained until it be sounded. Various articles from the wreck have been washed on shore, and sold at auction. The wreck of the vessel, under water, was sold at public auction.>br> 18th April 1857. Arrived at Liverpool the ship ‘Minho’ which brought three cabin passengers and Captain Younghusband and four seamen of the screw steamer ‘Bacchante’ from London.
20th April 1857. The bar at Oporto is now clear of the wreck of the ‘Bacchante’. About 90 vessels are at anchor, waiting to come in.

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