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Built by:John Laird
Yard No.:89
Launched:29th January 1853
Length:204' 9"
Breadth:30' 0"
Depth:15' 0"
Machinery:Built by George Forrester & Co., and Fawcett, Preston, & Co, Liverpool. 100hp. 9 knots.
Built of:Iron.
Type:Screw Steamship.
Registered:15th January 1853 in London.
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History:27th January 1853. Sailed from London for Plymouth.
29th January 1853. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain James Parsons.
30th January 1853. Broke air pump and cap of larboard engine and put into Falmouth for repairs.
1st February 1853. Weighed anchor and stood out at sea, then sailed for Madeira.
7th February 1853. Arrived at Madeira.
8th February 1853. Arrived at Tenerife.
13th February 1853. Arrived at Goree.
14th February 1853. Arrived at Bathurst.
17th February 1853. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
21st February 1853. Arrived at Liberia.
25th February 1853. Arrived at Cape Coast.
26th February 1853. Arrived at Accra.
27th February 1853. Arrived at Whydam, Badagry and Lagos.
2nd March 1853. Arrived at Fernando Po.
5th March 1853. Sailed from Fernando Po.
6th March 1853. Arrived at Cameroon.
7th March 1853. Arrived at Old Calabar.
9th March 1853. Arrived at Bonny.
11th March 1853. Arrived at Lagos.
12th March 1853. Arrived at Badagry and Whydam.
13th March 1853. Arrived at Accra.
15th March 1853. Arrived at Cape Coast.
18th March 1853. Arrived at Monrovia, Liberia.
23rd March 1853. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
27th March 1853. Arrived at Bathurst.
28th March 1853. Arrived at Goree.
3rd April 1853. Arrived at Tenerife.
5th April 1853. Arrived at Madeira.
13th April 1853. Arrived at Plymouth. She encountered continuous gales and she proved an excellent sea-boat. She had a full cargo of palm oil, ginger, camwwod, pepper, arrowroot, gum, cochineal, wine, ivory, bees wax, and a number of boxes of gold dust. The passengers, of whom there where a considerable number, presented a highly flattering letter of thanks to the Commander in which they express their extreme satisfaction with the arrangements which were made for their comfort, and their thanks for the kindness and liberality displayed towards them, and their appreciation of his talents. They also bore testimony to the good working conditions of the engines and the superior qualities of the ship.
24th May 1853. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain Parson, for the west coast of Africa. She has a full general cargo, and about 20 passengers.
1st June 1853. Sailed from Tenerife.
6th June 1853. Sailed from Goree.
7th June 1853. Sailed from Bathurst.
10th June 1853. Sailed from Sierra Leone.
13th June 1853. Sailed from Liberia.
17th June 1853. Sailed from Cape Coast Castle.
18th June 1853. Sailed from Accra and Arrived and sailed from Lagos.
22nd June 1853. Sailed from Bonny.
23rd June 1853. Sailed from Fernando Po.
26th June 1853. Sailed from Old Calabar.
29th June 1853. Arrived at Lagos. The surf ran so high that the mails could not be landed, and they were placed on board the brig ‘John Bagshaw', lying at anchor off the harbour.
2nd July 1853. The Propeller was unshipped, in consequence of the rottenness of a connecting part of the machinery called the cutter.
3rd July 1853. Sailed from Lagos, then, taken in tow by Her Majesty’s steamer ‘Polyphemus’, which conveyed her to Cape Coast Castle, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, when the propeller was repaired under the inspection of Mr. Williamson, engineer of the ‘Polyphemus’.
6th July 1853. Towed from Cape Coast Castle.
12th July 1853. Towed from Sierra Leone.
27th July 1853. Towed back into Sierra Leone.
31st July 1853. Sailed from Bathurst and arrived and sailed from Goree.
6th August 1853. Sailed from Tenerife.
8th August 1853. Sailed from Madeira.
14th August 1853. Arrived at Plymouth.
23rd August 1853. Sailed from London for Plymouth.
28th August 1853. While travelling from London to Plymouth a gale was uncounted and she was detained at Spithead.
1st September 1853. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain James Parsons, for the west coast of Africa. She has a full general cargo of Manchester good, etc.
3rd September 1853. Spoken to by the 'Forerunner' 80 miles south of Cape Finisterre.
7th September 1853. Sailed from Madeira.
8th September 1853. Sailed from Teneriffe.
13th September 1853. Sailed from Goree.
14th September 1853. Sailed from Gambier.
17th September 1853. Sailed from Sietta Leone.
21st September 1853. Sailed from Monrovia.
24th September 1853. Sailed from Cape Coast.
25th September 1853. Sailed from Accra.
27th September 1853. Sailed from Lagos.
30th September 1853. Sailed from Bonny.
2nd October 1853. Sailed from Fernando Po.
6th October 1853. Sailed from Cameroons.
7th October 1853. Sailed from Old Calabar.
9th October 1853. Sailed from Lagos.
13th October 1853. Sailed from Accra.
15th October 1853. Sailed from Cape Coast.
17th October 1853. Spoke to 'Charity' at Monrovia.
18th October 1853. Sailed from Monrovia.
23rd October 1853. Sailed from Sierra Leone.
25th October 1853. Sailed from Bathurst.
26th October 1853. Sailed from Goree.
1st November 1853. Sailed from Tenerife.
6th November 1853. Arrived at Falmouth, short of coal.
29th December 1853. Arrived and sailed from Madeira.
13th January 1854. Sailed from Liberia, Captain Parsons, outward bound.
24th January 1854. Arrived at Fernando Po , sailed, arrived at Cameroons, and sailed that day.
25th January 1854. Sailed from Calabar.
27th January 1854. Sailed from Bonny.
30th January 1854. Sailed from Lagos.
1st February 1854. Sailed from Accra.
2nd Febraary 1854. Sailed from Cape Coast.
6th February 1854. Sailed from Liberia.
10th February 1854. Sailed from Sierra Leone. The natives had risen against the poll tax.
14th February 1854. Sailed from Bathurst.
15th February 1854. Sailed from Goree.
22nd February 1854. Sailed from Teneriffe.
24th February 1854. Sailed from Madeira.
3rd March 1854. Arrived at Plymouth, Captain James Parsons. She brings eight passengers only, but has a full cargo, consisting of palm oil, bee's-wax, ivory, cochineal, and a small quantity of gold-dust.
24th March 1854. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain James Parsons, for the coast of Africa.
31st March 1854. Sailed from Madeira.
1st April 1854. Sailed from Tenerife.
4th April 1854. Lost her propeller.
6th April 1854. Sailed from Goree.
7th April 1854. Sailed from Bathurst.
17th April 1854. Sailed from Sierra Leone. Had her new propeller fitted. The natives had risen against the poll-tax, pulled down the English flag, and threw it into the fort.
23rd June 1854. Sailed from Sierra Leone for England.
6th July 1854. Sailed from Teneriffe.
8th July 1854. Touched at Madeira.
14th July 1854. Off Cape Finisterre. Delayed for two days in consequence of the bursting of the starboard cylinder-cover, from which time the single engine was worked very efficiently.
21st July 1854. Arrived at Plymouth from the coast of Africa, with a general cargo of 225 puncheons of palm oil, 1,625 bags of ginger, 426 bags of pepper, 8,624 billets of camwood, 60 cases of arrowroot, 6 barrels of wax, 6 elephants’ tusks and 300 ounces of gold. Arrangements had been made for landing her cargo and transporting it by rail to London.
23rd July 1854. Arrived in the Thames.
August 1854. Chartered by the Government as a Crimea transport.
26th September 1854. Loading at Deptford for the forces in the Crimea.
7th October 1854. Arrived at Deal, from London, and sailed for the Black Sea.
September 1855. Arrived in England from the Crimea.
November 1855. Sold for £1,960, to the Turkish Government.
18th December 1855. Sailed from London for Constantinople. Captain Young.
21st December 1855. Came to anchor at Lower Hope Reach due to inefficient working of a piston. Repaired. Stayed over night.
22nd December 1855. Proceeded down the Thames for Constantinople, and passed Dungeness that evening.
23rd December 1855. During a gale she shipped a vast quantity of water and foundered. All the crew saved, but one. The ship wasn’t insured.

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