built by Tod & McGregor Glasgow,
Yard No 76 Engines by Shipbuilders
Port of Registry: London
Propulsion: Two cylinder geared trunk steam engine, 1056 ihp, single screw, 12 knots.
Launched: Thursday, 03/05/1855
Ship Type: Passenger Liner, Iron hull
Ship's Role: Southampton/Alexandria and then Suez/Calcutta services.
Tonnage: 1613 gross; 934 net
Length: 267ft 8in
Breadth: 35ft 3in
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Status: Wrecked - 16/02/1858
21/07/1855: Ran trials and delivered.
20/08/1855: Left Southampton on maiden voyage to Alexandria, but broke a
screw blade and towed to Malta by the paddle packet HMS MEDUSA, mails and passengers forwarded to Alexandria aboard Valetta.
01/10/1856: Left Southampton via Tristan da Cunha and Galle to Calcutta
(arrived 16 December).
09/1856: Collided with Teignmouth brig BLANCHE and lost a quarter boat.
03/09/1857: Left Calcutta on Lord Elginís mission to China.
07/12/1857: Returned to Calcutta where apparently unemployed until 10
16/02/1858: Wrecked on Pigeon Island, 15 miles north of Trincomalee while en route from Calcutta to Suez with women and children refugees from the Indian Mutiny. She was to call at Trincomalee to land £250,000 in specie but her Captain failed to take soundings or to heave to in poor weather. There were no
casualties, and most of the specie and (more importantly) a replacement shaft for ALMA, disabled at Aden, were recovered by divers from the steam frigate HMS CHESAPEAKE.
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