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S.S. Mariposa

Built by Armstrong, Mitchell & Co, Walker-on-Tyne
Launched June 20, 1891; Maiden voyage November 13, 1892; Wrecked September 27, 1895
Length 421'; Beam 47.9'; 5,305 tons; 12 knots.
Twin screws; Triple expansion engines by R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co, Newcastle on Tyne, 350 n.h.p., 180 p.s.i.
AKA Ruthenia


This vessel was built as Ruthenia for the City of Liverpool Steam Navigation Company, which was taken over by Elder, Dempster & Co. Operated by the Ocean Transport Limited, she was renamed Mariposa to comply with the Elder, Dempster Line's new style for its North Atlantic fleet and chartered to the Atlantic Transport Line. She sailed on her maiden voyage from London to New York in Atlantic Transport Line colors on November 13, 1892.

She is recorded in the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals arriving in New York on November 28 and making three more arrivals for the Atlantic Transport Line in 1893. In July 1893 she went back to the Elder, Dempster Line and in September of the following year she was chartered to the Dominion Line to sail on the same service.

In September 1895 she and her sister, the Montezuma, were sold to the Union Castle Line Mail Steamship Company for use on its service between North America and South Africa. Before she had been handed over however she was wrecked in the St. Lawrence River en route to Liverpool for the Dominion Line. She was carrying 24 passengers, 2,164 sheep, and a load of grain. The following day all passengers and crew were brought to shore, one by one, using a narrow board. Although much of her cargo was salved, the ship herself was condemned in early October.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; Merchant Fleets: Elder Dempster Lines, Duncan Haws, 1990; www.pointamourlighthouse.ca; http://forums.ourlabrador.ca


For more information ...

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

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