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Name Official number Flag IMO
SECRET  5362  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1847  1847   
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo   Iron Screw Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
Alexander Denny, Dumbarton Albert Yard 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
311 grt / 189 nrt / 133.3 ft  23.0 ft  13.0 ft   
Engine builder Caird & Company, Greenock
Engine detail
2-cyl (28",28" x 26") 50-60nhp, 8½kn, 1-screw

c1872 reboilered (2nd hand)  

First owner First port of register Registration date
James Reid, Glasgow  Glasgow  30/10/1847 
Other names
Subsequent owner and registration history
5/1849 William B Brownlow & others, Hull and William Denny, Dumbarton - mng Brownlow, Pearson & Co, Hull - reg Hull?
1852 London & Limerick Steam Ship Co, London - mng F Russell, Limerick - reg London
1854 reg Limerick

by1867 N Veltmann & Co - mng Louis & C Kuhling, Hull
7/1867 Zachariah C Pearson, Hull
1868 A G Robinson, London
1870 reg Waterford
1872 Benjamin Ralph Huntley, Newcastle - reg Hartlepool
3/1882 Stevens, Coleman & Co, London
9/1882 T H Williams & --- Cheers, Liverpool 
Vessel history
27/10/1847 builder's certificate (Denny Brothers).
1848 chartered by Mongredien for two voyages on Liverpool-Levant service
28/7/1848 cargo of corn on fire after overheating, and put into Lisbon (Constantinople for Liverpool)
27/6/1849 when leaving Humber Dock for Wismar, collided with ps BRITANNIA (Hull for Leith) in strong winds; returned to dock
10/1849 transferred to Hull-Bremen service
1/1851 on Hull-Dunkirk service
2/1853 chartered by Earl of Limerick to transport his household from Jersey to Limerick
6/1853 on Limerick-London service; later Limerick-Liverpool
1854 311grt 239 nrt;
1856 Hull-Bremen service
1874 sunk in collision on Thames?
1875 398grt 307nrt, 182.4 x 23.6 x 12.9ft 
Inexplicably, MNL 1858-1864 has continued registration at Hull, while Limerick registration book shows registration there 1854-1866.
1856-1874 not in Lloyd's Register
The difference in original dimensions and those quoted by MNL 1875 would indicate a lengthening, but no documentary confirmation currently located. 
End year Fate / Status
1882  Wrecked 28/10/1882 
Disposal Detail
Anchored in Corton Roads after failing to make headway on voyage Tyne & Hartlepool for Plymouth with coal. Anchor chains failed and she foundered near Newcombe Sand, off Kessingland, Lowestoft with the loss of 12 crew; one survivor. The BoT Inquiry found that she was unseaworthy and overloaded. 


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