Steamships Associated with Family Members

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Built 1859 Caird & Co, Greenock, Tonnage 635 gross tons. 359 net tons, Dimensions 231.6/70.59 x 26.2/7.98 x 13.3/4.5

Engine Pad, 2 cyl simple osc, 250 nhp 12 kts (15 kts on trials). By Builder

Hull Iron. 1 dk. As built had a bow-sprit and female figurehead.

1859 Built as Orion for the Bee Company, Glasgow for service in the Baltic.

1862 Renamed Fannie. Used as a blockade runner during the American Civil War, based at St Georges, Bermuda.

1865 Returned to England and purchased with her sister ship the Alice by the Caledonnian Railway Company. Dec: Placed on the Stranraer - Belfast service.

1869 June: Acquired by the London & South Western Railway Company.

1873 Nov 1: Carrying 125 passengers she sprang a leak which extinguished her boilers. After which she drifted up channel she was brought into Dover, Nov 3, by Eddystone (Glasgow, Greenock & Waterford S.S. Co). Taken to Southampton.

1874 Jan: Reboilered

1890 Aug: Scrapped

Illustration is of sister ship Lizzie.

The above is taken from Merchant Fleets Volume 24 by Duncan Haws Page 103.


1887 - 1888 Lloyds Register

Fannie:-  Paddle Steamer Iron  Registered Tonnage 294 net tons 632 gross tons 557 under deck Dimensions 231.5 x 26.2 x 13.3

Engine Oscilating 2Cylinders 60" - 66" 250 Horse Power Caird & Co, Greenock

Built 1859 Greenock Caird & Co. Owners  London & South Western Railway Company. Port Southampton.


My Great, Great Granndfather William Anderson was a fireman on the Fannie according to the 1881 National Census of Great Britain.


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Built 1882 Aitken and Mansell, Whiteinch, Glasgow. Tonnage 820 grss tons 428 net tons,

Dimensions 235.5/71.78 x 29.1/8.87 x 14.1/4.3

Engine Singl;e screw, 2 cylinder comp inverted, 210 nhp, 80 psi, 13 1/2 knots. By J & J Thompson, Glasgow

Hull Iron 2 decks Fore deck 53/16.15 Quarter deck 127/38.71   Passengers 600.

1882 July: Launched. Cost 33,000. Delivery was delayed by strikes

1883 Jan 13: Trials in Stokes Bay. 14 1/2 knots. Handed over the same day.

1883 Maiden voyage on the Southampton - Jersey - (St Malo) service.

1890 Oct 7: Replaced by the new Stella. They crossed on the latter's maiden voyage. Transferred to the Southampton - St Malo direct service.

1893/94 Reboilered by Day, Summers and electric light fitted. Became a winter service ship; when traffic dropped off the larger vessels were laid up. Summer relief steamer.

1905 Nov 17: Friday. 22.00 hours left Southampton. Her voyage was now delayed by fog and the ship anchored off Hurst Castle, Isle of Wight.  Aboard were 131 passengers and crew, among them were 79 Breton 'onion men' returning from selling in England. The crew numbered 28.

Nov 18: 06.00 hours. Set sail in hazy weather, rising seas and snow squalls. 18.00 hours. The ship reached Chenal de Petite Port, the entrance to St Malo. Here another snow squall blinded her and she put out to sea to wait for it to clear. For five hours she lay clear of the multitude of rocks that mark the entry channel. Then, just before midnight, at high tide and in heavy surf, she struck the Pierres des Portes reef, Czembre Island, near the Jardin Lighthouse. The first boat to be launched was smashed and those in it drowned.

Nov 19: 02.00. Hilda broke in two and the stern slid into deeper water drowning the passengers who had sought safety below deck. Out of the 131 aboard only six - 5 Bretons and one able seaman (James Grinter) - were saved. A number climbed the rigging but died in the icy seas that swept the forepart which lay almost  on its side.

Nov 19: 09.30. L & S.W.R's Ada picked up the six survivors. 123 had drowned. At low tide the wreck could be clearly seen (and photographed); the bottom, forward of the engine room, had been ripped off. This became the worst Channel Islands disaster.


The above is taken from Merchant Fleets Volume 24 by Duncan Haws Pages 107 - 108.



1887 - 1888 Lloyds Register

Hilda:-  Screw Steamship Iron  Registered Tonnage 393 net tons 822 gross tons 645 under deck

Dimensions 235.5 x 29.1 x 14.2 Fore deck 60 Quarter deck 127

Engine Compound Inverted  2 cylinder 37" & 69" - 39" Boiler pressure 80 lb 220 Horse Power J & J Thompson, Glasgow

Built 1882 Aitken and Mansell, Whiteinch, Glasgow  Owners  London & South Western Railway Company. Port Southampton.



The Merchantile Navy List & Marine Directory For 1902


Official Number: 86327, Name: Hilda, Port and Year of Registry: Southampton, 1888,  Where Built: Glasgow,

When Built: 1882, Hull: Iron, Dimensions 235.6 x 29.1 x 14.2, Tonnage 376 net tons 849 gross tons, Horse Power 220,

Propeller: Screw, Owner: The Lonndon &* South Western Railway Company, London     


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SS Hilda

My Great Grandfather Henry Harper was an Able Seaman on the fateful voyage and amonst those lost.


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Built 1883 Aitken & Mansel, Glasgow, Tonnage 4,425 gross tons 2,768 net tons,  Dimensions 376 ft 5 in (114.73 m) x 47 ft (14.33 m) x 30 ft 4in (9.25m)

Engine Single screw, compound inverted, 2 cylinders; 50 in (127 cm) and 94 in (238.76 cm); Stroke 60 in (152.4 cm);

650 nhp; Steam Pressure 90 lb; 11 kts; by J. & J Thompson, Glasgow,

Hull iron, 3 decks, fscle 44 ft (13.41 m), bridge 92 ft (28.04 m), Passenger 170 1st, 60 2nd, 50 3rd.

1883 Jan 25: Launched, Mail Steamer Southampton - Cape Town

1889 Triple Expansion engine; 3 cylinders; 36 in (91.44 cm), 58 in (147.32 cm) and 94 in (238.76 cm);

684 nhp; Steam Pressure 160 lb; 12 kts; by T Ricahardson & Sons, Hartlepool.

1897 Dec 29; Sold to Canadian Pacific Railway Co for transpacific and gold-rush services.

1908 Mar Laid up after collision, then sold for scrapping by K. Kishimioto, Osaka 

The above is taken from Merchant Fleets Volume 3 by Duncan Haws Page 29.

My Great Grandfather Albert Mark Anderson served on this ship on the Southampton - Cape Town run.



1887 - 1888 Lloyds Register

Tartar:-  Screw Steamship Iron  Registered Tonnage 2755 net tons 4339 gross tons 3928 under deck

Dimensions 376.5 x 47.2 x 30.3 Fore deck 44 Bridge deck 92

Engine Compound Inverted  2 cylinder 50" & 94" - 60" Boiler pressure 90 lb 650 Horse Power J & J Thompson, Glasgow

Built 1883 Aitken and Mansell, Whiteinch, Glasgow  Owners The Union Steamship Company Limited, Canute Road, Southampton.



The Merchantile Navy List & Marine Directory For 1889


Official Number: 86386, Name: Tartar, Port and Year of Registry: Southampton, 1883,  Where Built: Whiteinch,

When Built: 1883, Hull: Iron, Dimensions 376.5 x 47.2 x 30.3, Tonnage 2691   net tons 4246 gross tons, Horse Power 762,

Propeller: Screw, Owner: The Union Steamship Company Limited, Canute Road, Southampton     



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Built 1907 Earles Co, Hull, Tonnage 833 gross tons. 192 net tons, Dimensions 245/774.6 x 31.3/9.54 x 15.3/4.66

Engine Twin screw, 2 x triple expansion  210 nhp 13 1/2 kts.  By Builder

Hull  Steel. 2 decks Fore deck 60/18.29 Bulk deck 66/20.1 Poop deck 71/21.64

1907 The final cargo vessel of the four sisters Cromer, Yarmouth, Clacton, & Newmarket. These were owned by the Great Eastern Railway and served ports to the continent.

1915 Taken up for minesweeping duties by the admiralty. Gallipoli area.

1917 July 17: Torpedoed by UC38 off Ikaria Island, Aegean.


The above is taken from Merchant Fleets Volume 25 by Duncan Haws Pages 50 - 51.



The Merchantile Navy List & Marine Directory For 1908

Official Number: 123934, Name: Newmarket, Port and Year of Registry: Harwich, 1907,  Where Built: Hull,

When Built: 1907, Hull: Steel, Dimensions 245 x 31.1 x 15.2, Tonnage 192 net tons 833 gross tons, Horse Power 170,

Propeller: Screw, Owner: The Great Eastern Railway Company, Liverpool Street, City, London     


My Great Grandfather Albert Mark Anderson was lost with the sinking of this ship.


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Built 1921 Cammell Laird & Co, Birkenhead; Tonnage 19,597 gross, 11,834 net; Dimensions 601 ft 6 in (183.34 m) x 73 ft 9 in (22.48 m) x 40 ft 8 in (12.4 m)

Engine Twin screw, turbines double reduction geared; 2,528 nhp; 3 double and 3 single ended boilers, 36 furnaces; Steam Pressure 220 lb;

16 kts; By Builder.

Hull Steel, 2 decks and shelter deck, bridge 284 ft (86.56 m); Passengers 350 1st, 350 2nd, 1,500 3rd; Crew 434

1922 April 19 Maiden voyage Liverpool - Boston

1926 Liverpool - Queenstown (Cobh) - Halifax - Boston service

1934 Summer cruises out of London

1939 - 48 Served as a troopship. In 1946 carried the Cunard funnel and all-grey livery.

1948 Carried Canadian troops and their familes back from Europe

1950 Passenger accommodation 250 1st, 650 tst

1951 Refitted and placed on Southampton - Harve - Quebec service.

1952 Grounded near Quebec.

1953 June 15 Represented Cunard at the Coronation Naval Review at Spithead.

1956 January Sold for breaking up at Inverkeithing, Firth of Forth.

The above is taken from Merchant Fleets Volume 2 by Duncan Haws Pages 55 - 57.

My great great grandmother Elizabeth Couperthwaite her son Robert Eaglesham Couperthwaite, daughters Patricia Couperthwaite & Elizabeth Blair and grandaughter Elizabeth Blair arrived in USA from Liverpool on 4th November 1924.


The Merchantile Navy List & Marine Directory For 1924


Official Number: 145923, Name: Samaria, Port and Year of Registry: Liverpool, 1922,  Where Built: Birkenhead,

When Built: 1922, Hull: Steel, Dimensions 601.5 x 73.7 x 40.7, Tonnage 11866  net tons 19602 gross tons, Horse Power 1593,

Propeller: Screw, Owner: The Cunard Steamship Company Limited, Cunard Building, Liverpool     



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