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|Built by:||C. J. Mare & Co.|
|Launched:||19th November 1849 at 15•30. Mr. Thomas Jeffs named the vessel, and broke a bottle of wine on her bows.|
|Owned by:||The General Screw Steam Shipping Co. Ltd.|
|Breadth:||24 4/10 feet|
|Depth:||17 1/2 feet|
|Machinery:||80h.p. by Maudslay, Sons & Field. 300 ihp. Two engines of 40 horse power.|
|Decks:||One deck and a 1/4 with three masts.|
|Type:||Auxiliary screw steam ship.|
|Registered:||No.388 on 7th December 1849 in London.|
|Other info:||Designed by Mr. T. Waterman, jun.|
Certificate granted 23rd November 1849.
Crew 22 men.
The blades of the screw are capable of being fixed fore and aft, when not in use.
A woman bust figure head.
|History:||12th February 1850. Captain Brenan made a trial excursion down the River Thames. She steamed from Blackwall to Gravesend at the rate of 10•78 knots. Meeting the ‘Hellespont’ homeward bound from her first voyage.|
1st March 1850. Sailed from Liverpool for Constantinople.
8th March 1850. Arrived at Gibraltar from Liverpool, then sailed for Constantinople.
21st April 1850. Arrived in the Thames from Constantinople with a full cargo and about 20 passengers.
18th May 1850. Sailed from Gibraltar for Malta and Constantinople.
10th July 1850. Sailed from Gravesend for Liverpool.
4th August 1850. Sailed from Gibraltar for Constantinople at 4 a.m.
11th August 1850. Arrived at Malta.
7th September 1850. At Smyrna loading fruit, and sailed for Malta.
17th September 1850. Arrived at Gibraltar.
24th September 1850. Arrived in the Thames in the morning with a cargo of new figs, the first that have been brought this season.
12th October 1850. Sailed from Liverpool.
19th October 1850. Arrived at Gibraltar and sailed for Malta and Constantinople.
12th November 1850. Sailed from Smyrna in a race with the ‘Erin’ to reach London first.
25th November 1850. Sailed from Gibraltar.
December/January. The hull was coated with Chanter, Sunley and Co,s., patent composition for the prevention of barnacles and marine deposits, and the preservation of copper, yellow metal, zinc, iron, and single bottom ships.
16th January 1851. Sailed in the afternoon from Plymouth, Captain T. W. Glover.
15th February 1851. Arrived at St. Helena from the Cape of Good Hope for Plymouth.
1st March 1851. Arrived at Cape Town.
7th March 1851. Sailed from Cape Town.
9th March 1851. Made 490 miles under canvas only in two days.
22nd March 1851. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
24th March 1851. Sailed from Sierra Leone.
29th March 1851. Arrived at St. Vincent.
31st March 1851. Sailed from St. Vincent.
16th April 1851. Arrived and sailed from Falmouth. Called in for fuel.
17th April 1851. Arrived at Plymouth with 58 bales of wool, 4 casks of ivory, 2 cases ditto, 80 ditto tusks, guano, 20 bales of goat skins, 30 casks of oil, 1 case of ostrich feathers, 6 cases of wine, 2 boxes of fruit, 34 packages of sundries, and 8 boxes specimens of natural history.
15th May 1851. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain T. W. Glover.
26th June 1851. Arrived at Cape Town.
4th July 1851. Sailed from Cape Town.
20th July 1851. Arrived at Sierra Leone and sailed the same day.
26th July 1851. Arrived at St. Vincent.
28th July 1851. Sailed from St. Vincent.
11th August 1851. Arrived at Plymouth.
16th September 1851. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain T. W. Glover.
2nd October 1851. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
3rd October 1851. Sailed from Sierra Leone.
31st October 1851. Arrived at Cape Town.
5th November 1851. Sailed from Cape Town.
12th December 1851. Touched at Penzance.
12th December 1851. Arrived at Plymouth.
15th January 1852. Sailed at 3.20p.m. from Plymouth, Captain T. W. Glover. She takes out mails weighed two tons, and it was computed that for the Cape along there were 8,000 letters and newspapers. She has a full cargo and was obliged to refuse goods here. She takes a large quantity of British manufactured goods, plate, etc., with Ordinance stores and despatches for the troops, officers, etc.; but the most interesting part of her freight consists of a venture of 450 patent revolving pistols; brought down by Mr. Donnett, agent for Colonel Colt, and sent to the Cape in charge of Mr. Pears, who understands thoroughly the manufacture, construction, management, and use of these formidable weapons. They are exported, under the full cognizance of the Government, for sale, at a limited price, to British officers. These pistols, for cavalry, weigh from 3lb. to 3½lb., killing at 300 yards, and belt or navy pistols weighing less than 2½., carry a ball through a 2-inch plank at 40 yards; they hold six bals, and are said to require less powder than the ordinary pistol. Colonel Colt has thus done that which some may consider is the duty of the Government; the enterprise of an American in the service of England is highly creditable to our Transatlantic brethren.
27th January 1852. Arrived at St. Vincent.
28th January 1852. Sailed from St. Vincent.
2nd February 1852. Arrived at Sierra Leone.
3rd February 1852. Sailed from Sierra Leone at 10.25a.m.
25th February 1852. Anchored in Table Bay at 9.40p.m.
3rd March 1852. Sailed from the Cape of Good Hope with a full cargo and 8 passengers.
19th March 1852. Arrived at Sierra Leone, and sailed the same day.
24th March 1852. Arrived at St. Vincent.
25th March 1852. Sailed from St. Vincent.
4th April 1852. Arrived at Plymouth from the Cape.
6th April 1852. Arrived at Plymouth, Captain Glover. After leaving Plymouth, for London, going up the Channel, she ran down a Dutch brig, the ‘Ann Rebecca’. The crew were saved.
8th April 1852. Arrived at Gravesend from the Cape.
April/May 1852. During Captain Glover’s stay in England he has been before the Lords of the Admiralty in reference to the extraordinary magnetic affection of the needle experienced occasionally at the Cape, and to which the wreck of the ‘Birkenhead’ has been in some measure attributed. Captain Glover had on previous voyages often observed a peculiarity in the compasses in that region, but not to so great an extent as on the 25th February, when the ill-fated ‘Birkenhead’ struck on the rocks, and was sunk off Point Danger.
10th May 1852. Sailed from Gravesend for The Cape of Good Hope.
15th May 1852. Sailed from Plymouth at 3p.m. Captain Thomas W. Glover.
27th May 1852. Arrived at St. Vincent, 7 a.m. Could not take on her full supply of coal.
28th May 1852. Sailed from St. Vincent at 8·30.
3rd June 1852. Arrived at Sierra Leone, 4·30 p.m. Took on more coal. Sailed same day.
26th June 1852. Arrived at Cape Town.
2ndJuly 1852. Sailed from the Cape of Good Hope at 6 p.m. for Plymouth.
18th July 1852. Arrived at Sierra Leone at 1·45 p.m.
19th July 1852. Sailed from Sierra Leone at 10 a.m.
19th July 1852. 20 miles west of Sierra Leone, exchanged colours with Her Majesty’s brig ‘Crane’.
24th July 1852. Arrived at St. Vincent at 4·15 p.m.
26th July 1852. Sailed from St. Vincent at 6 p.m.
9th August 1852. Arrived at Plymouth from the Cape of Good Hope at 7 o’clock. Her cargo consists of 9 packages of specie, 5 casks of wine, 90 bales sheep-skins, 59 bales of wool, 552 rhinoceros horns, 56 tusks of ivory, 373 green hides, 34 dry hides, 19 bales of goat skins, 48 packages sundries, and 5 casks pineapples.
25th August 1852. Sailed from Gravesend for The Cape of Good Hope.
28th August 1852. Sailed from Plymouth, Captain Thomas W. Glover.
9th September 1852. Arrived at St. Vincent . Coaled.
10th September 1852. Sailed from St. Vincent in the evening.
23rd September 1852. Arrived at St. Helena.
24th September 1852. Sailed from St. Helena.
5th October 1852. Arrived at Cape Town with no passengers for this port.
9th October 1852. Sailed from Cape Town at 4 p.m. She was coaled, cargo delivered, and cargo taken in and ready for sea, 72 hours after her arrival, and was detained one day for the frontier mail. She has a cargo consisting of 47 bales of wool, 1,108 green hides, 15 bundles of hides, 184 bags of copper ore, 60½ pipes of wine, 4 cases ditto, 6 boxes of ostrich feathers, 1 package of ivory, and 34 packages of sundries.
17th October 1852. Arrived at St. Helena at 8 p.m.
18th October 1852. Sailed from St. Helena at 10 p.m.
22nd October 1852. Arrived at Ascension at 7·30 a.m. and sailed at 9 a.m.
30th October 1852. Arrived at Cape Verd at 11·40 p.m.
2nd November 1852. Sailed from Cape Verd.
15th November 1852. Arrived at Plymouth at 11 a.m.
17th November 1852. Arrived at Gravesend from Plymouth.
March 1853. Has been chartered by the African Steam Ship Company to carry the mails to Western Africa.
11th June 1853. Sailed from London.
15th June 1853. Sailed from Plymouth for Calcutta. Captain G. Maude.
28th June 1853. Arrived at St. Vincent.
12th July 1853. Arrived and sailed from Ascension.
3rd August 1853. Arrived at the Cape with a good cargo but few passengers. She was sighted from the signal post on the previous day, at about forty miles distance, but not being under steam, it was presumed her machinery had been disordered, and the ‘Sir Robert Peel’ immediately went off, when it was discovered that she had been short of fuel, and had consumed all available timber and spars. She was consequently taken in tow, and brought safely into port by the ‘Sir Robert Peel’.
6th August 1853. Sailed from the Cape of Good Hope for India.
15th November 1853. Sailed from Calcutta after being detained having to undergo repairs due to having lost one of her fans.
20th November 1853. Arrived and sailed from Madras.
24th November 1853. Arrived and sailed from Ceylon.
26th November 1853. Due to arrive at Southampton from Calcutta. She lost time through the sickness of her Captain who returned on the 'Queen of the South'.
7th December 1853. Sailed from Mauritius.
21st December 1853. Arrived at Cape Town.
23rd December 1853. Sailed from the Cape of Good Hope and meet the ‘Sir Robert Peel’ at sea and handed over the mail.
1st January 1854. Sailed from St.Helena.
5th January 1854. Sailed from Ascension.
6th January 1854. Sailed from St.Vincent.
31st January 1854. Arrived at Plymouth.
3rd February 1854. Arrived at Southampton from Calcutta. Captain Maude.
14th March 1854. Sailed to India in place of the 'Queen of the South'. Captain Maynard. She had on board 35 passengers. The last voyage by the company to the Cape and India. She is not intended to return to England as it is intended to put her on the line between Mauritius and Ceylon.
31st March 1854. Spoke to the 'Harbinger' just leaving St.Vincent.
13th April 1854. Sailed from St.Helena for the Cape and Calcutta.
4th May 1854. Arrived at Cape Town.
8th May 1854. Sailed from Cape Town for Mauritius. On charter to the Government of the Mauritius for the monthly service between that island and Point de Galle, an agreement was made for a year for the sum of £10,000.
10th August 1854. Due to start the monthly service between Mauritius and Ceylon.
2nd June 1855. Expected from the Mauritius. Captain Maynard.
23rd September 1855. Arrived at Southampton. She put into Dartmouth in consequence being short of fuel. She had no cargo.
28th October 1855. Sailed from Southampton for London.
13th November 1855. Sailed from Gravesend for Constantinople.
7th April 1856. Arrived at Malta from Alexandria.
8th April 1856. Sailed from Malta for Liverpool.
23rd April 1856. Bound from Liverpool.
2nd June 1856. Sailed from London for St. John’s, with a submarine cable for Canada.
3rd June 1856. Passed Deal for St. John’s, Newfoundland.
10th July 1856. Laid the telegraph cable across the Cabot Strait, from Cape Ray at the south-west corner of Newfoundland to Aspey Bay at Cape North on the north shore of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. It took 15 hours to complete the run across the Strait.
22nd August 1856. Arrived at Plymouth, Captain J. Goodwin, from St. John’s.
16th October 1856. Sold to Russia.
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