Pretoria

PRETORIA was built in 1878 by Wm. Denny & Bros. at Dumbarton with a tonnage of 3199grt, a length of 350ft, a beam of 39ft 6in and a service speed of 13.5 knots.

Completed within six months of the keel laying and two months ahead of contract she cost £70,055 and was built for the mail service.

In May 1879 she was used as a troopship during the Zulu War and following the defeat of the British at Isandhlwana carried the 91st Highland Regiment consisting of 942 men non-stop to Durban in a then record time of 24 days 8 hrs. Together with the Asiatic and the Moor she was present at Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Spithead review in 1887.

In 1888 she was equipped with a triple expansion engine and transferred to the Intermediate service.

She was sold to The Quebec Steam Ship Company of Southampton, a Furness Withy company, in 1897 without a change of name.

In 1902, following a fire, she was abandoned at sea but subsequently salvaged and repaired.

Sold to Khedivial Mail & Graving Dock Steam Ship Co. in 1907 she was renamed Saidieh.

On 1st June 1915 she was torpedoed by U-6 6 miles north east of the Elbow buoy in the English Channel with the loss of 8 lives.

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Pretoria

1878

1878 Deployed to The Cape Mail Service

1879 Transferred to Trooping Service

1887 At Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubillee Spithead Review

1888 Transferred to The Intermediate Service

1897 Sold to The Quebec Shipping Co

3199

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

76844

Wm Denny

Dumbarton

Wm Denny

Dumbarton

Steam 2 Cyl

500 NHP

1

Master

From

To

G Larmer

1879

12/1881

H Owen

12/1884


F J Symons

2/1889

6/1889

R Reynolds

4/1890

6/1893

W H Smyth

8/1893

6/1895

G W Armstrong

7/1895

2/1896

J W Hague

6/1896

2/1897

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