Guelph


GUELPH was built in 1894 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 4917grt, a length of 400ft 5in, a beam of 47ft 2in and a service speed of 11.5 knots.

She entered service in October 1894 on the Southampton-Tenerife-Cape Town-Durban Intermediate service.

On 8th March, 1900 she was transferred to Union-Castle following the merger and was initially used as a Boer War troopship.

On 27th July 1909, whilst sailing in heavy seas off Hood's Point, South Africa, she spotted the lights of a large vessel. She communicated by lamp but only the last two letters of the morse code response were understood; the letters being AH. About the same time the Waratah was lost without a trace.

On 13th September 1910 she was deployed on the London-Suez-East Africa route as competition for the Deutsche Ost-Afrika Linie.

In 1913 she was replaced by the Dunvegan Castle and subsequently sold to Royal Mail S.P. Co. for their new Canada-West Indies-British Guiana passenger/cargo service and renamed Caraquet.

She ended her life on 25th June 1923 when she was wrecked near Hamilton, Bermuda

Service in The Boer War

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Guelph

1894

1894 Deployed to The Intermediate Service

1910 Inaugurated the new Royal East African Service

1913 Sold to Royal Mail SP Co

4917

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

104040

Harland & Wolff

Belfast

Harland & Wolff

Belfast

2 x Steam 3 Cyl

324 NHP

2200 IHP

2

Master

From

To

J Morton

8/1894

10/1895

J Tyson

11/1895


N R Neilson

3/1897

4/1898

J W Hague

4/1898

6/1904

N R Neilson

11/1900


W W Verrall

8/1904

6/1905

H Strong

12/1906

3/1909

J M Culverwell

3/1909

10/1909

L A Millard

10/1909

5/1910

D Samuel

9/1910

3/1911

S H Owen

11/1911

1/1912

H Strong

2/1912

8/1912

C Imlah

10/1912

9/1913

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