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2,554 gross 1873 at Dundee by Gourlay & Co. American Line 345ft x 37.3ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1873  March 29, launchedAtlantic Journey ID 6828
 1873  May 10, maiden voyage Liverpool - Philadelphia as charter for the Red Star LineAtlantic Journey ID 6829
 1874  March 11, first voyage Liverpool - Philadelphia for American LineAtlantic Journey ID 6830
 1874  Aug 17: reported off Brow Head on way from PhiladelphiaAtlantic Journey ID 9267
 1874  Nov. 24: on way from Antwerp to New York collided with the P & O steamer Indus, went to Dover, then to London for repairs, small pox broke out on the ship, 8 passengers to hospital the other passengers had been sent to LiverpoolAtlantic Journey ID 9275
 1874  Nov. 28: departed Liverpool (Capt. Hains), called at Queenstown Nov. 29, arrived at New York Dec. 9Atlantic Journey ID 9276
 1875  Jan 7: Machinery diabeled when bound east, taken in tow by the S/S Pensylvania, and broght to Queenstown, small collision in connection with the towingAtlantic Journey ID 9259
 1875  Jan. 20: The S/S Manhattan of the Guion Line departed Liverpool as a replacement for the Abbotsford (for one voyage) Atlantic Journey ID 9261
 1875  Feb. 24: Departed Liverpool bound for PhiladelphiaAtlantic Journey ID 9262
 1875  Apr. 6: Clerared at New York from Liverpool via Philadelphia (Capt. Delamotte)Atlantic Journey ID 9263
 1875  Liverpool     Philadelphia  May 17 Transatlantc ID
 1875  Liverpool     Philadelphia  June 28 Transatlantc ID
 1875  July 21, On way from Queenstown to Liverpool struck the shore in Cummons Bay, Anglesey off Wales, the passengers were landed within 30 minutes and lodged at Amlwch. Atlantic Journey ID 6831
 1875  July 23: A rock had penetrated the bottom and the ship was leaking forward. Eventually the ship sank. The S/S City of Limerick was set in as a replacementAtlantic Journey ID 9264
The information listed above is not the complete record of the ship. The information was collected from a multitude of sources, and new information will be added as it emerges
The Abbotsford was a brig-rigged iron vessel of 2.611 tons register, with a carrying capacity of 2,330 tons of cargo, and accommodation for thirty saloon and 650 steerage passengers.


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