NORTHAM was built in 1858 by Day, Summers & Co. at Northam, Southampton with a tonnage of 1330grt, a length of 274ft, a beam of 34ft 7in and a service speed of 12 knots.

Career Summary

Vessel

Built

Tonnage

Official No

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

Northam

1858

1330

21595

Day Summers

Southampton

Day Summers

Southampton

Compound Steam

1514 IHP

1

Master

From

To

S Cotter


1876

She was built for P & O's Southampton - Cape - Bombay service but was soon transferred to the Bombay - Suez sector of the pre-Suez Canal service which included the famous overland journey from Alexandria to Suez via Cairo. In April 1859 she was placed on the Suez - Galle - Sydney service and, on 20 August 1859, had the misfortune to run aground outside Jeddah. She reverted to the Suez - Bombay route in 1866 where she remained until December 1868 when she was put up as part payment for the Hindostan.

In January 1869 she was purchase for £16,500 by the Union Steamship Co. and immediately rebuilt for the mail service. She was sold to Sir John Malcolm of Liverpool in September 1876 and was converted into a sailing barque for the USA - South Africa trade with the name Stars and Stripes.

She reverted to Northam when she was transferred to the Liverpool - South Africa service and on 2nd December 1878 was burnt at sea during a voyage from London to Sydney.

Northam

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