Rhine (ship)

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The Rhine , was a 1,691 ton, iron sailing ship with a length of 257.2 feet, breadth of 38.3 feet and depth of 23.1 feet. She was built by Russel & Company, Port Glasgow for the Nourse Line, named after the River Rhine which starts in Switzerland and flows via Germany and the Netherlands to the North Sea, and launched in 10 December 1885. She was primarily used for the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these voyages are as follows:

DestinationDate of ArrivalNumber of PassengersDeaths During Voyage
Trinidad2 October 18886775
Suriname17 November 1890n/an/a
Trinidad13 December 189165718
Trinidad13 November 189266411
Trinidad23 October 18936479
Trinidad1 November 189568010
Trinidad13 December 189660014
Fiji30 August 1900491n/a
Trinidad27 November 19025872
Trinidad18 February 19046212
Trinidad9 May 19056124
Trinidad9 March 19065122

The Rhine was sold by the Nourse Line in 1907 and passed through a number of owners. It was initially sold to R.C. Williams of New Brunswick, Canada, then in 1909 it was sold to W.H. Chandler, who operated the ship as Rhine Shipping Company, Montreal, Canada. In 1911 the Rhine Shipping Company was sold to G.I. Dewar of Montreal, Canada, then in 1915 it was sold to new owners in Boston, then was sold once more to W. McKissock of Boston and finally in 1923 was sold to E.P. Reiss of Boston for use as a barge.

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  • Perry, F. W. (1991). Nourse Line. World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-62-2. 
  • Lubbock, Basil (1981). Coolie ships and oil sailors. Brown, Son & Ferguson. ISBN 0-85174-111-8. 

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