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S.S. Mexico

Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Launched 1890; Wrecked 1895
Length 345' 6"; Beam 40' 9"; 3,165 tons
Triple-expansion engines; 278 n.h.p.
AKA Barrosa, Sobraon; Sisters Memnon, Sobraon, Memphis


Laid down as the Barrosa for the venerable firm of Thos. & Jno. Brocklebank of Whitehaven in Cumbria, this ship was launched as the Sobraon for the Elder, Dempster Line's African Steamship Company. By November she was being operated under charter on Brocklebank's route to Calcutta. But by July 1891 she was back with the African Steamship Company sailing on its Liverpool to Baltimore service.

In 1893 she was chartered to the Atlantic Transport Line and renamed yet again. As the Mexico she continued sailing under charter on the London to Baltimore route. On July 4, 1895, sailing from Montreal to Bristol with general cargo, the Mexico was wrecked near Belle Isle Lighthouse. All hands were saved.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; Merchant Fleets: Elder Dempster Lines, Duncan Haws, 1990


For more information ...

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

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