Ship Britannia 1893

June 22, 2011

Hello Mac,  Wondering if you could possibly help me please. I am working on our family history and found my husband's great-grandfather came out to Australia on the Britannia in 1893. I have been trying to find a picture of
this ship but haven't had any luck....... have only found a yacht bearing this name for this time frame.

I will attach passenger transcript.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Lesley Middleton (Bribie Island, Qld)


This looks like your Steamer Britannia:

Launched 1887: ss BRITANNIA

Description: ss BRITANNIA


built by Caird & Company Greenock,
Yard No 246
Engines by Shipbuilders


Port of Registry: Greenock
Propulsion: Three cylinder triple expansion steam engine,
7000ihp, single
screw, 16.5 knots
Launched: Thursday, 18/08/1887
Built: 1887
Ship Type: Passenger Liner
Ship's Role: UK/Australia service, also to India and the
Far East
Tonnage: 6525 gross; 3378 net; 4900 dwt
Length: 465ft 9in
Breadth: 52ft 0in
Draught: 26ft 0in
Owner History:
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Status: Scrapped - 1909, Genoa

18/08/1887: Launched.
11/10/1887: Registered.
15/10/1887: Ran trials.
16/10/1887: Delivered. A sister to the earlier VICTORIA
(Caird, 1887) and
very similar to the later OCEANA (Harland & Wolff,
Belfast, 1888) and
ARCADIA (Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 1888) which together
made up P&O’s
'Jubilee' Class to mark Queen Victoria’s (and the
Company’s) Golden Jubilee.
She cost £187,278, and was fitted with unsubsidised gun
platforms in case of
auxiliary cruiser duties.
18/10/1887: Aground for 12 hours on the Goodwin Sands.
05/11/1887: Maiden sailing established a new
Brindisi/Adelaide mail record
of 23 days 10 hours, at an average of 16 knots as against
14½ knots required
by the mail contract.
26/07/1889: Arrived at Sydney from Melbourne during which
passage she was
overhauled by the clipper CUTTY SARK when she (BRITANNIA)
was making 16
1894: Ran aground in the Suez Canal.
1894/1895: Experimental six month charter for Indian
trooping carrying 1,200
men (she could carry 2,700 in emergency). Contract
repeated in 1895/96 and
1904: Refitted and modernised for revised mail contracts
starting in 1905.
1907: Carried Prince Fushimi of Japan on a state visit to
? Laid up in London.
08/1909: Sold for £11,520 to Fratelli Cerruti fu
Allesandra, Italy to be
broken up.
22/08/1909: Arrived at Genoa under the name BRITANNI.
Scrapped alongside her
sister VICTORIA.

Best wishes,

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