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A rare photograph of Miissippi (III) (Ian Newson)

M.V. Mississippi (III)

Sisters: Maryland (II), Missouri (III)
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Govan, yard number 450G
Launched February 11, 1914; delivered November 5, 1914; scrapped 1933
Hull: length 383' 9"; beam 50' 4"; 4,738 tons
Power: twin screws, 2 4-stroke cycle, single-acting auxiliary Diesel engines by the Burnmeister and Wein (diesel Systems) Oil Engine Company,
each coupled direct to its dynamo and air compressor. Each had 6 cylinders 26 3/8" diameter, stroke 39 3/8"; 1600 i.h.p.; fuel capacity 578 tons; fuel consumption about 10.8 tons daily
Registered in Belfast; official number 136343


The Mississippi (III) was built by Harland & Wolff, but in their newly acquired yard on the Clyde, not in their more familiar Belfast premises. She was the first ship built by Harland and Wolff in Glasgow for internal combustion (diesel) engines and the first motor ship to enter service on the North Atlantic. She carried 578 tons of oil, and consuming some 10.8 tons daily was considerably more economical to operate than her conventional coal fired sisters.

This ship is noted in the New York Times of January 12, 1924, docking a week late because of "one of the most tempestuous voyages her officers ever encountered." Her cargo on this occasion included "ninety-four head of thoroughbred stallions, brood mares, race horses and hunters" together worth $1 million. She is recorded in the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals making four voyages to New York between March and November 1928.

After a long career the Mississippi (III) was sold to P & W MacLellan of Bo'ness for breaking in August 1933.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; Passenger Ships of the World Past and Present, Eugene W. Smith, Massachusetts, 1977; Glasgow Herald, February 12, 1914; 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

A rare photograph of Maryland (Kinghorn)
This rare photograph shows the Mississippi (III) at sea (Ian Newson)

Photo of dech after a snowstorm (Ian Newson)
The Mississippi (III) after a snowstorm (Ian Newson)

Mississippi with a fine coating of snow (Ian Newson)
The Mississippi (III) after a snowstorm (Ian Newson)


For more information ...

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

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