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Name: PIONEER
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 12/06/1866
Completed: 1866
Builder: Palmer’s Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Willington Quay
Yard Number: 206
Dimensions: 756grt, 514nrt, 205.0 x 30.3 x 15.4ft; (1871: 1041grt, 815nrt, 30.3 x 22.4ft)
Engines: I2cyl (38 & 38 x 30ins), 90hp; (1876: C2cyl (26 & 49 x 30ins), 99nhp)
Engines by: Palmer’s Ship Building & Iron Co Ltd; (1876: T Richardson & Sons, Hartlepool)
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 54978
History:
1866 Liverpool & American Steam Navigation Company, Liverpool
1870 Palgrave, Murphy & Co, Dublin
1875 Michael Murphy, Dublin
24/01/1878 Wrecked
Comments: 1871: Deepened to 22.4ft
1876: Re-engined
24/01/1878: Disabled off the Skerries and taken in tow by 2 tugs toward Beaumaris.
Unfortunately the towrope parted and she was driven ashore on the north side of Puffin Island. Her captain and one crew drowned while attempting to get ashore.