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Built by:C. J. Mare & Co. of Blackwall
Yard No.
Launched:October 1852
Tonnage:1,369 22/94
Length:244 5/10 feet
Breadth:38 1/10 feet
Depth:25 4/10 feet
Machinery:Built by James Watt & Co.Two engines. 300h.p.Length of engine room 42 4/10 feet. Irrespective of her machinery she was capable of making good way under canvas.
Built of:Iron.
Type:Auxiliary Screw.Three masts.Two masts in 1869.
Registered:No.392 on 27th October 1852 in London.
Reg. transferred to Glasgow 25th October 1855.
Other info:Certificate granted 19th October 1852.
Official No. 26216.
History:10th November 1852.Due to sail from the East India Docks for Plymouth.
15th November 1852. Due to sail from Plymouth for the Cape of Good Hope and Calcutta. Detained in Plymouth due to machinery was not in perfect order.
29th November 1852. Sailed from Plymouth for Calcutta. Captain B. J. Elder. Near the equator the knuckling gear broke and the screw fell out of steaming position; one of the fans had to be cut out to get it up high enough in the trunk for working.
17th December 1852. Arrived at St.Vincent.
31st December 1852. Sailed from Ascension.
19th January 1853. Arrived at Cape Town. She brought one of the largest mails that has ever arrived at the Cape, and a very large number of passengers.
25th January 1853. Sailed from the Cape of Good Hope.
27th January 1853. Some derangement of the machinery took place, which caused a delay of four days for repairs. A deficiency of coals, combined with the prevalence of light winds and calms after the repair delayed her further. A considerable quantity of spars, hen-coops, gratings, and all the available timber on board, had to be sacrificed and used as fuel.
19th February 1853. Arrived at Mauritius.
6th March 1853. Arrived at Point de Galle, Ceylon.
16th March 1853. Arrived at Calcutta. The cut screw was replaced by a spare one, which was fixed, and just prevented its being pulled up or feathered. This caused an occasional loss of three knots per
22nd April 1853. Sailed from Sandheads, Calcutta for Plymouth. The air pumps are worn out and in addition to this two of the boilers were leaky.
27th April 1853. Sailed from Madras.
28th April 1853. It was reported at the half yearly meeting of the Company that the ‘Mauritius’ was not damaged as stated by some parties.
2nd May 1853. Arrived at Point de Galle.
3rd May 1853. Sailed from Point de Galle.
19th May 1853. Arrived and sailed from Mauritius.
28th May 1853. The eccentric broke and repaired.
5th June 1853. Arrived at Cape Town.
11th June 1853. Sailed from the Cape of Good Hope.
20th June 1853. Sailed from St.Helena.
22nd June 1853. The eccentric broke again.
25th June 1853. Sailed from Ascension.
9th July 1853. Sailed from St.Vincent. The bilge pump, which was often choked, broke and was put aside for a new one.
25th July 1853. Arrived at Plymouth and Southampton. Had a long voyage home due to her machinery having frequently got out of repair. She had a full general cargo of indigo, silk, ivory, etc., 110 passengers, and a heavy mail. The mails were despatched from Plymouth in time to reach Paddington at 5 a.m. 26th
6th December 1853. Went on a trial trip down the Channel as far as Scilly before she resumed her station, due to a lot of engine trouble last trip and having undergone a thorough overhaul.
11th December 1853. Arrived at Plymouth.
13th December 1853. Arrived back at Southampton.
14th January 1854. Sailed from Southampton for Plymouth then on to Calcutta. Captain G. Scales.
15th January 1854. Arrived and sailed from Plymouth for Cape Town.
1st March 1854. Arrived at Cape Town.
5th March 1854. Sailed from Cape Town for India.
9th April 1854. Arrived at Calcutta.
14th May 1854. Sailed from Calcutta.
20th May 1854. Arrived at Madras.
27th May 1854. Arrived at Ceylon.
11th June 1854. Arrived at Mauritius. Cholera and other disorders have been very fatal at this port. The epidemic broke out on the 14th of May in the civil prison and the deaths averaged from 100 to 125 daily. Labourers were paid 15s per day for digging graves, and could not be very readily obtained to carry coal for the ship.
24th June 1854. Arrived at Cape Town.
26th June 1854. Sailed from Cape Town.
9th July 1854. Sailed from Ascension.
20th July 1854. Sailed from St. Vincent’s. Captain Sceales complains of unnecessary detention for pratique.
3rd August 1854. Arrived at Plymouth.
9th August 1854. Under charter by the Government. Making this the sixth ship of this company to be chartered by the government.
12th August 1854. Arrived at Southampton.
16th August 1854. Sailed from Southampton for Portsmouth. Captain Stewart. Captain Stewart. Delayed in Cowes Roads while Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Albert, in the Royal yacht, steamed for a few minutes close alongside. Preparations had been made for a visit of inspection by the Prince.
19th August 1854. Sailed for Cork, then taking troops for the East.
23rd August 1854. Sailed from Portsmouth with the 84th Regiment and a detachment of Sappers and Miners for Corfu, while in Cowes-roads Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Albert, in the Royal yacht, steamed for a few minutes close alongside and were greeted by the cheers of the soldiers, their band playing the National Anthem.
24th August 1854. Landed her pilot at Plymouth.
30th August 1854. Passed through the Straits of Gibraltar bound for Corfu with the 34th Regiment on board.
23rd January 1855. Sailed from Gibraltar with 220 passengers.
30th January 1855. Arrived at Falmouth with passengers from Gibraltar and 127 passengers and sick and wounded from Malta.
2nd February 1855. Arrived at Southampton with sick and wounded. Total 339, from the Crimea. After waiting several hours for orders, she steamed back to Portsmouth for the purpose of landing her sick and wounded.
3rd February 1855. Went alongside Portsmouth dockyard to land her invalided soldiers. The most urgent cases were removed. 10 in number, plus the women and children.
4th February 1855. The men belonging to the Royal Artillery and Royal-Sappers and Miners disembarked.
5th February 1855. Disembarked at Portsmouth, one captain, one staff, eight sergeants, 123 privates, seventy soldiers wives, ninety-three soldiers children, and three horses, all from Scutari. Desertion of about 35 seamen.
14th February 1855. Went into Southampton Graving Dock.
16th February 1855. Caught fire in Southampton Dock and was a total loss.
21st April 1855. Her hull is still in the inner dock, no orders have yet been given as to her disposal.
27th May 1855. Floated from the graving dock into the inner-basin.
15th July 1855. Sold to Messrs. Barkley and Co. of Glasgow by auction at Southampton, for £11,240.
18th July 1855. Left Southampton for the Clyde, in tow of the steam tug ‘Conqueror’.
22nd May 1856. Sailed from Gibraltar
30th June 1856. Arrived at Spithead in the evening. Steam transport ? 16.
1st July 1856. Arrived at Plymouth to disembark troops.
14th July 1856. Sailed from Plymouth for Malta.
30th August 1856. Sailed from Gibraltar with the sailing ship ‘Tudor’.
9th September 1856. Was compelled to cast off the ‘Tudor’ having encountered strong gales which damaged her machinery, but was then taken in tow by the steamship ‘Starling’.
13th September 1856. Arrived at Plymouth, Captain Pinder, in tow of the ‘Starling’, from Corfu, Santa Maura, Cophalonia, Zante, Malta, Gibraltar, and Vigo. The ‘Tudor’ arrived in the afternoon.
29th August 1857. Arrived at Mauritius from Portsmouth with troops.
1859. Repaired. Sold to Captain Cruikshanks and converted to a sailing ship and changed her name to ‘Russia’. 5 bulkheads. 2,135 tons (old) 1,452 tons (new measurements). Owned by Barclay. Registered in Glasgow. Port of survey – Southampton. Steam engine producing 300 horsepower.
1861. Owned by T. S. Begbie.
March 1862. Owned by The London & East India Shipping Company Ltd, and renamed ‘Mauritius’.
5th October 1864. At Calcutta harbour when a cyclone hit the harbour and broke adrift.
22nd September 1867. Inspected at Deptford before being used as a hospital ship for the troops in the Abyssinian expedition.
November 1867. Owned by S. Boult.
December 1868. Owned by Merchant Trading Company Ltd, Brown’s Building, Liverpool.
1869. Elden Stuart Carry, Master.
13th May 1871. Sold to Foreigners. Renamed ‘Russia’ and reg in London ? 815. 13413/100 tons.
1872. Machinery removed.
June 1887. Sold to Dutch.
1889. Sold to Norway.
8th November 1892. Wrecked, Cardiff. Under the Norwegian flag.

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