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S.S. Memphis

Sisters Memnon, Sobraon, Mexico
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Launched October 18 1890; maiden voyage December 6, 1890; wrecked 1896
Hull: length 345'; beam 40.9'; 3,196 tons
Power: single screw; triple expansion engine; 278' n.h.p.; 2 double-ended boilers, steam pressure 180 lbs.


This ship sailed under chartered from Elder Dempster & Co. from 1890 to 1893 painted in Atlantic Transport Line colors. In September 1891 the New York Times reported that she was one of the four vessels "most likely to be placed on the new line" being organized by the Atlantic Transport Line from New York. By 1892 however she was back on the London to Baltimore line with occasional voyages to New Orleans for the African Steamship Company.

On May 5, 1894, she was chartered to the Dominion Line for their Avonmouth, Quebec, Montreal service. She ran aground in thick fog in Dunlough Bay, County Cork on November 17, 1896, with the loss of nine of her crew. She was under the command of a Captain Williams at the time.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; IrishWrecksOnline; The New York Times, September 4, 1891


For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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