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Name: GULF OF CORCOVADO
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 25/06/1888
Completed: 08/1888
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 280
Dimensions: 2361grt, 1482nrt, 310.0 x 440.3 x 22.6ft
Engines: T3cyl (26, 42 & 69 x 48ins), 300nhp
Engines by: Blair & Co Ltd, Stockton
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 93204
History:
08/1888 Greenock Steam Ship Co Ltd, Greenock
1899 Gulf Line Ltd
1899 P Viale di GB, Genoa; renamed PAOLO V
1902 Ellerman Lines Ltd (Graham Smith,manager), Liverpool; renamed SARDINIA
25/11/1908 Beached
Comments: 25/11/1908: Caught fire & beached off Fort Ricasoli, Malta with 118 casualties
On a voyage from Liverpool to Malta, Alexandria and Mecca
She carried 39 x crew, 12 x 1st class and 142 x steerage (Moslem Moroccans who were on their way to Mecca)
Fire broke out just after leaving Malta's Grand Harbour and soon engulfed the whole ship
The fire was probably caused by embers from pilgrim's cooking brazier, falling into the cargo of nitrate in No 2 hold which quickly took hold. The engine room was soon abandoned and the ship steamed in circles. All boats were ablaze and those on board had to jump into the sea. The ship went aground on Ricasoli Rocks and burned out.


Above photo as GULF OF CORCOVADO courtesy of Richard Cox

Above photo as SARDINIA courtesy of Kevin Blair