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Name: PORTIA
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 24/06/1884
Completed: 06/09/1884
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 175
Dimensions: 1156grt, 732nrt, 1100dwt, 220.5 x 31.2 x 16.0ft
Engines: C2cyl (30 & 56 x 36ins), 180nhp
Engines by: J Wigham Richardson & Co, Low Walker
Propulsion: 1 x Screw
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 91149
History:
06/09/1884 CT Bowring & Co, Liverpool
1893 New York, Newfoundland & Halifax SS Co Ltd (CT Bowring, managers), Liverpool
11/07/1899 Wrecked
Comments: Accommodation for 60 x 1st Class passengers
Contract price 20250, Loss 1386-2s-0d
New York, Newfoundland & Halifax SS Co Ltd was known as the Red Cross Line
During the summer months she was used to take Americans on cruises to the Artic
1892: When on passage from Pilley's Island to New York, coming across an iceberg, the passengers asked if they could go closer.
On doing so a large slab broke off, and re-surfaced under the ship. Luckily the wash from the ice fall swept the ship off the mini-berg.
04/1899: When discharging in New York, fire broke out, when she was carrying several hundred barrels of keroscene. The fire was extinguished and the ship spent 6 weeks in a Brooklyn shipyard, being repaired.
11/07/1899: Wrecked on Flint Island, when in dense fog when on passage from New York to St Johns via Halifax with general cargo.


Above photo copyright of the AC Hunter Library