ROMAN was built in 1870 by Day, Summers & Co. at Northam, Southampton with a tonnage of 2994grt, a length of 369ft 6in, a beam of 40ft 4in and a service speed of 13 knots.

As Royal Mail’s Nile

Life before Union Line

She was built to Norddeutscher Lloyd's specifications, for whom her sister the Neva had been ordered, as the Nile for the Royal Mail Steam Packets Co's West Indies service.

Purchased by the Union Steam Ship Co. in 1890 for the Intermediate service she proved to be too old, too heavy and too hot and after a couple of voyages was placed on the Hamburg - Antwerp - Southampton feeder service.

She also proved to be too large for this service and, although it was the intention to retain her until the arrival of the new 'G' class ships, after only two years with the company was broken up.

Master

From

To

T Copp

7/1890

11/1890

Vessel

Built

Tonnage

Official No

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

Roman (2)

1870

2994

63553

Day Summers

Southampton

Day Summers

Southampton

Compound Steam

600 NHP

2500 IHP

1

Career Summary

Roman (2)

LDRP

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