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S.S. Memphis

Other name: America
Built by Gourlay & Co., Dundee, yard number 142
Launched November 26, 1891; Maiden voyage February 12, 1892
Length 435'; Beam 46.3'; 5,158 tons
Single screw; triple expansion engine by builder with cylinders of 30", 48", and 79" and a stroke of 60"
Three double-ended boilers; steam pressure 180 lbs., 516 n.h.p.


Built as the cattle carrier America for the National Line, this ship made six voyages from London or Liverpool to New York in 1891 and seven in 1892. In 1903 she grounded on Sable Island but was refloated; she was uninsured at the time.

The America was transferred in 1907 from the National Line (a subsidiary of the Atlantic Transport Line since 1896), and renamed Memphis (II). She was scrapped the following year in Bo'ness.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; www.shawsavillships.co.uk; Passenger Ships of the World Past and Present, Eugene W. Smith, Massachusetts, 1977; Merchant Fleets in Profile 2; the Ships of the Cunard, American, Red Star, Inman, Leyland, Dominion, Atlantic Transport and White Star Lines, Duncan Haws, 1979


For more information ...

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

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