PS Ripon

From SpottingWorld, the Hub for the SpottingWorld network...
Career (UK) Red Ensign (UK)
Name: PS Ripon
Namesake: The City of Ripon, UK
Owner: P&O (1846-1870)
Caird & Co (1870)
Route: Mediterranean Sea to the UK
Builder: Money Wigram and Sons, Blackwall
Launched: 1846
General characteristics
Type: Paddlesteamer
Tonnage: 1508 GT
Length: 217 feet (66 m)
Beam: 33 feet (10 m)

The PS Ripon was a paddlesteamer built at Money Wigram's Blackwall Yard[1] in 1846 for P&O. The Ripon brought the first hippopotamus to the United Kingdom in 1850, and in 1854 was requisitioned for use in the Crimean War. In 1864 she brought Italian General Giuseppe Garibaldi to the United Kingdom for a meeting with Prime Minister Henry Palmerston. In 1870, the engines of the Ripon were sold, and the vessel was converted into a brig for Caird & Co in Greenock.


  1. PortCities London The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company's ships, Indus and Ripon.