German (1)

QVHM

GERMAN (1) was built in 1877 by Wm. Denny & Bros. at Dumbarton with a tonnage of 3028grt, a length of 350ft, a beam of 39ft 6in and a service speed of 13.5 knots.

She was launched on 27th June 1877 and built as a fast '19 days to the Cape' steamer for the mail service. Costing £75,621, payable in four instalments, the intention was that she would complete the round voyage without the need to bunker en route by using 300 tons of reserve coal.

On her maiden voyage she sailed 5924 miles on 955 tons of coal completing the voyage to the Cape in 19days 8 hours. Her design and performance was used as the basis for the subsequent nine ships which all had a similar profile.

She was completed 3.5 months early and on her way out of the Clyde stuck on the Leven Bank for the duration of two tides.

In 1889 she was transferred to the Intermediate service. She was sold to Navigazione Generale Italiana (N.G.I.) in 1896 and renamed Sempione.

After a further six years service she was reduced to a coal hulk in October 1902.

Ship’s Officers - 1886

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

German (1)

1877

1877 Deployed to The Cape Mail Service

1889 Transferred to The Intermediate service

1896 Sold to Italy

3028

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

76834

Wm Denny

Dumbarton

Wm Denny

Dumbarton

Compound Steam

231 NHP

1

Master

From

To

Coxwell

1878

1880

Sir G R Vyvyan

12/1881


R Reynolds

5/1888

11/1889

W Martin

1/1890

12/1893

F J Moseley

7/1883

9/1883

B Copp

2/1894

6/1894

Brackenbury

1895


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