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Name: HESPERUS
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 08/09/1854
Completed: 12/1854
Builder: C Mitchell & Co
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 7
Dimensions: 748grt, 581nrt, 203.8 x 28.5 x 16.2ft; (1875: 701grt, 569nrt, 204.4 x 28.8 x 16.2ft)
Engines: CI2cyl (21.5 & 49.0 x 30ins), 120nhp
Engines by: Greenock Foundry, Greenock
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 23424; (1868: 60885)
History:
1854 Hamburg Gas Company, Hamburg
24/05/1855 British Royal Navy; renamed HESPER
10/1868 Unknown owner; renamed HESPERUS
1868 Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Co Ltd, London; renamed INVESTIGATOR
1873 Eastern Extension, Australasia & China Telegraph Co
1876 West Indies and Panama Telegraph Co Ltd, London
No later history known
Comments: 1855: Used as a stores ship
1868: Converted into a cable laying & maintenance vessel