Yard No. 181

built by Caird & Company Greenock in 1874



Yard Number 181, was named CITY OF BERLIN when launched on Tuesday, 27/10/1874 by Caird & Company Greenock , for William Inman & Co, Liverpool .

Other names she bore were: BERLIN (1893). Her last recorded name was MEADE (1898)

CITY OF BERLIN was scrapped on 1921

Ship Particulars:
Built: 1874
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 5491 grt
Length: 488.6 feet
Breadth: 44.2 feet
Owner History:
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

Additional Information: 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