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built by Caird & Company Greenock,
Yard No 181
Last Name: MEADE (1898)
Previous Names: BERLIN (1893)
Propulsion: steam, single screw, 15 knots..... New triple expansion engines 1887.
Launched: Tuesday, 27/10/1874
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 5491 grt
Length: 488.6 feet
Breadth: 44.2 feet
William Inman & Co, Liverpool
1888 Inman & Imperial International Steam Ship Co Ltd, Liverpool
1893 International Nav Co Ltd (American Line), Liverpool
1898 US Army
1917 US Shipping Board
Status: Scrapped - 1921
Remarks: Maiden voyage 29th April 1875 Liverpool
New York. Made several record breaking passages. Of which the best was 7 days 15 hours and 28 minutes from Sandy Hook to Queenstown.
She was the first North Atlantic liner to be fitted with internal electric lighting, in 1879 (although there have been claims that the AMERIQUE of Compagnie Generale Transatlantique was the first to be fitted with electric light in 1876, this was only an external searchlight).
Purchased by US Army Quartermaster Corps as a transport in Spanish~American War as USS MEADE.
Damaged by fire in 1/1906 at San Francisco.
US Shipping Board training ship at East Boston from 1917
Photo supplied by Stuart Cameron
Previous update by Bruce Biddulph
Last updated: by David Asprey from the original records by Stuart Cameron
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