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Built by:Robert Dunan, Greenock.
Yard:Cartsdyke East.
Yard No.:
Launched:July 1837
Length:169 feet 5 inches
Breadth:23 feet 9 inches
Depth:17feet 6 inches
Machinery:300 hp.Built by Caird & Company, Greenock.
Built of:Wooden.
Type:Paddle-Wheel Steamer.
Registered:26th December 1850 at London by H. J. Hall.
Official No.:18656
Other info:
History:Built for the Post Office as the 'Colonsay'.
27th July 1837 Sold to the Admiralty for £26,000 Renamed ‘Urgent', Used as a packet service, based Holyhead and Liverpool.
1842. Re-engined. Based at Liverpool.
19th June 1846. Commanded by Lieutenant commander Aaron Stark Symis, Liverpool.
20th December 1848. Steam vessel at Portsmouth.
15th December 1850. Sold to Mr Hall and renamed ‘Levant’.
23rd December 1853. Up for sale.
23rd May 1854. For sale lying in the East India import Dock, London.
1854. Registered by Wm. S. Andrews.
13th July 1854. Arrived at Lowestoft, formerly a government steamer, which has been recently been purchased by the North of Europe Steam Navigation Company for their cattle trade.
29th December 1854. Engaged to carry the railway material and workmen to construct a rail, or tramway, at Balaklava, and to perform such other work as may be found necessary for the siege or reduction of Sebastopol, consist of seven steam and two sailing ships – the ‘Levant’, paddle steamer, 694 tons.
15th January 1855. Sailed from Greenhithe for Balaklava with the final party of 100 men and 25 horses for the Crimean railway.
12th October 1855. Sailed from Lowestoft for Balaklava.
23rd October 1855. 11 days from Lowestoft with railway materials for Balaklava arrived at Gibraltar. She was obliged to put into the Tagus from stress of weather.
24th October 1855. Sailed from Rosia Bay, Gibraltar, after coaling for Balaklava, conveying materials for the Crimean Railway.

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