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Name Official number Flag IMO
VIRGIN  49912  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1864  09/04/1864  06/05/1864 
Vessel type Vessel description
Cargo   Iron Paddle Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
Aitken & Mansel, Glasgow Jordanvale 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
423 grt / 291 nrt / 220.2 ft  24.2 ft  10.9 ft   
Engine builder James Aitken & Co, Glasgow
Engine detail
2cyl. 180hp 

First owner First port of register Registration date
The European Trading Co Ltd, London   London  14/05/1864 
Other names
1870 VIRGINIUS 
Subsequent owner and registration history
1864 Confederate Navy
1865 United States Government
1866 ??, USA
1867 United States Government
1870 John F Patterson, USA 
Vessel history
Blockade runner, one successful run into Mobile AL from Havana.
08/1864 sold to Confederate Navy after blockade of Mobile AL.
12/04/1865 seized by Union Forces at Gainesville AL.
12/03/1866 sold by prize court.
15/05/1867 sold to Federal Government.
26/09/1870 sold to private US interests on behalf of Cuban insurrectionalist, Manuel Quesada, and renamed (441grt). Used as a gun runner to Cuba.
30/10/1873 seized by Spanish warship TORNADO off Cuba, carrying munitions and Cuban soldiers. During November the captain and 52 of the passenger and crew were shot.
17/12/1873 VIRGINIUS was formerly handed to the US Navy by Spain; but sank while under tow to the USA. 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
1873  Sank 26/12/1873 
Disposal Detail
Sank off Cape Fear NC while under tow of USS OSSIPPEE from Havana.
Reports of VIRGINIUS "missing" in 1886 are probably erroneous; she remained in some US registers as VIRGIN until 1879. 
 

 



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