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Name Official number Flag IMO
BAN-RIGH  60704  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1870  03/03/1870   
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo   Iron Screw Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
John Elder & Co., Govan Fairfield Yard  112 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
958 grt / 576 nrt / 241.0 ft  30.2 ft  16.6 ft   
Engine builder John Elder & Co., Govan
Engine detail
C2.Cyl. 275nhp. 1-screw
1893 T3.Cyl. 236 nhp by Hall, Russell, Aberdeen. 

First owner First port of register Registration date
James Sim & others (Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co), Aberdeen  Aberdeen  09/05/1870 
Other names
Subsequent owner and registration history
1875 Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co, Aberdeen
1901 Rodolfo de Paula for Manuel Matos
1/1/1902 Venezuela flag, later Colombian as subterfuge
1904 Colombian Navy
1917 ??, New York 
Vessel history
1883 958g 506n; 1887 980g 528n; 1888 940g 490n; c1893 1023g 542n; 1895 981g 574n

10/1901 sold for demolition but resold to Rodolfo de Paula on behalf Venezuelan political leader and revolutionary Manuel Matos, as a gunboat and to import arms from Europe (to allay suspicion, de Paula said he was acting for the Colombian Government, who were sympathetic to Matos).
9/11/1901 briefly detained in London while being fitted out as a gunboat but released when the Colombian Consul declared it was his government's ship - loaded arms in Antwerp; declared "pirate ship" by Venezuela Government
12/1901 guns were mounted at Marigot, St Martin, French West Indies, and then sailed to Martinique
1/1902 arrived Trinidad from where Matos organised gun-running into Venezuela; sabotaged by British master Willis and put into Barranquilla, Colombia
2/1902 sank Venezuelan man-of-war GENERAL JOAQUIN CRESPO

1904 (1902?) Colombian Government as a gunboat.
1905 decommissioned and abandoned at Cartagena
1907-8 Colombian Navy's first training ship
End year Fate / Status
1927  Register Closed  
Disposal Detail
LR closed 1927 


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