1873: Red Star Line|
1874: American Line
|Port of registry:||Liverpool|
|Builder:||Gourlay Bros., Dundee, Scotland|
|Launched:||March 29, 1873|
|Maiden voyage:||Liverpool–Queenstown–Philadelphia, May 10, 1873|
|Fate:||wrecked off Anglesey, July 19, 1875|
|Tonnage:||2,554 gross register tons (GRT)|
|Length:||345 ft 11 in (105.44 m)|
|Beam:||37 ft 2 in (11.33 m)|
|Sail plan:||Four masts|
|Speed:||14 knots (26 km/h)|
|Capacity:||30 Saloon, 650 steerage passengers|
|Notes:||Single funnel, iron hull|
The SS Abbotsford was a brig-rigged iron passenger ship built by the Gourlay Brothers Ship Builders of Dundee for the Red Star Line, of Antwerp. Despite the company's home in Belgium, the liner was registered in Liverpool and flew the British flag.
On November 24, 1874 the Abbotsford collided with the SS Indus on the way to New York from Antwerp. Repairs were made in London, England. That same year, small pox broke out on the ship forcing the hospitalization of 8 passengers with the other passengers sent to Liverpool.
On January 7 a machinery failure disabled the Abbotsford while easterly bound and she was taken in tow by the SS Pennsylvania. A slight collision occurred in towing.
On July 23, 1875, the Abbotsford struck a rock, penetrating the hull. She eventually the sank and was replaced in service by the SS City of Limerick.
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