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|Built by:||John Scott & Sons, Greenock.|
|Launched:||10th July 1841|
|Machinery:||400hp. 2 cyls. Steam pressure 6 lbs. 9 knots. Side-liver steam engine built by Scott, Sinclair & Co.|
|Decks:||The paddle wheels did have a diameter of 28' 6".|
|Built of:||British and African oak, copper sheated.|
|Type:||Wooden Paddle, Passenger Cargo Vessel.|
Rigged as three-mast barquentine, square rigged on the foremast, after about ten years brig rigged.
|Registered:||21st September 1846 in London - Royal Mail S. P. Co.|
28th September 1849 in London - Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.
11th March 1852 in London - Royal Mail S. P. Co.
|Other info:||Built for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co|
Cost around £60,000.
Purchased by A.S.S.Co. for use as a hulk.
|History:||14th January 1841. Sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to the West Indies . Captain C. Oman.|
1st February 1849. When she was at Mobile, they got reports that a british steamer was well aground on the Nigrellos Rocks, one of the Alacranes Reefs, that had already taken one of her sisters the ‘Tweed’ in 1847. She left Mobile at once and on arrival off the Nigrellos Rocks she found that her sistership the ‘Forth’ had run aground. The ‘Forth’ was underway from Havans to Vera Cruz under command of Captain Sturdee, all were saved but the ‘Forth’ was lost.
1849. Registered by the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.
1851. Back with the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.
9th November 1855. Arrived at Woolwich, from Portsmouth, to be laden with machinery. Master Commander Pullen.
October 1860. After the Civil War in Italy the Kingdom of Italy was founded. She repatriated the Irish Brigade back to home to Queenstown, Ireland.
1862. Dry rot was found and repair to costly, she was sold for demolition.
30th January 1862. Sold to Mr. John Smith, of Aberdeen, for £5,000.
18th February 1862. Arrived at Aberdeen. Had her engines and paddles removed and converted to a sailing ship.
3rd August 1862. Sent to Dundee to be docked there in consequence of no dock at Aberdeen. To have her hull re-coppered.
12th August 1862. Entered the Graving Dock at Dundee.
1862. Purchased by The African Steam Ship Company and fitted out as a hulk and despatched by the company to take up her station at Sierra Leone as a floating depot. The vessel was carefully surveyed, and reported favourably before she was sent out, but she met with a violent tempest north of Madeira, and the crew having fallen in with another vessel, refused to stand by and abandoned her.
2nd September 1863. Lost 400 miles from Sierra Leone. She was insured to three-fourths of her value.
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