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3,376 gross 1870 at Glasgow by J. & G. Thomson & Co. Cunard Line 363.5ft x 42.4ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1870  Launched on March 3Atlantic Journey ID 1082
 1870  Maiden voyage May 24, Liverpool-Queenstown-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1083
 1870  Liverpool  June 28  New York  July 08 Transatlantc ID
 1870  Aug. 6: departed from Liverpool, called at Queenstown Aug. 7, arrived at New York Aug. 16Atlantic Journey ID 9274
 1870  Sept. 3: Called at Queenstown on way from New York to LiverpoolAtlantic Journey ID 9269
 1870  Sept. 13: departed Liverpool, called at Queenstown Sept 14, arrived at New York Sept. 24Atlantic Journey ID 9268
 1870  Oct. 18: departed from Liverpool, called at Queenstown Oct 19, arrived at New York Oct. 31Atlantic Journey ID 9273
 1870  Nov. 26: departed from Liverppol, called at Queenstown Nov. 27, arrived New York Dec. 8Atlantic Journey ID 9270
 1870  Dec. 31: departed from Liverppol, called at Queenstown Jan 1Atlantic Journey ID 9271
 1871  Outmoded by White Star's Oceanic classAtlantic Journey ID 1084
 1871  Jan 13: arrived New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 9272
 1871  Liverpool  July 04  New York  July 15 Transatlantc ID
 1871  Liverpool  Aug. 08  New York  Aug. 19 Transatlantc ID
 1871  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 23 Agent DHrr. Gunnestad & Co., ChristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1872  Liverpool  Apr. 09  New York  Apr. 19 Agent DHrr. Gunnestad & Co., ChristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1872  Liverpool  May 14  New York  May 24 Agent DHrr. Gunnestad & Co., ChristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1872  Liverpool  July 23  New York  Aug. 02 Agent DHrr. Gunnestad & Co., ChristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1872  Liverpool  Aug. 28  New York  Sept. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1873  Liverpool     New York  May 02 Transatlantc ID
 1873  Liverpool  May 28  New York  June 07 Agent DHrr. Gunnestad & Co., ChristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1873  Liverpool  July 01  New York  July 12 Agent DHrr. Gunnestad & Co., ChristianiaTransatlantc ID
 1873  Liverpool     New York  Sept. 20 Transatlantc ID
 1878  Liverpool  Apr. 20  America  Apr. 30 ?? Unknown harborTransatlantc ID
 1878  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 13 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Returned to the buildersAtlantic Journey ID 1086
 1880  Sold to the Guion LineAtlantic Journey ID 1087
 1880  18 Sept. last Cunard voyage Liverpool-Queenstown-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1085
 1882  Fitted with compound enginesAtlantic Journey ID 1088
 1887  June: chartered by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company for their service between Vancouver, Hong Kong and JapanAtlantic Journey ID 1089
 1891  Last CPR voyage Vancouver-Hong Kong-Japan routeAtlantic Journey ID 1090
 1891  28 Nov. resumed Liverpool-Queenstown-New York serviceAtlantic Journey ID 1091
 1891  18 Dec. destroyed by fire, passengers rescued by NDL's S/S SpreeAtlantic Journey ID 1092
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

Details: straight stem, 1 funnel, 3 masts (rigged for sail); iron construction, single screw propulsion, service speed 13 knots; accommodation for 120 passengers in 1st class, and 1068 passengers in the steerage. She could be transferred to a troopship taking 2 battalions of soldiers. There was a male and female hospital on the ship, distilling apparatus which could produce 2000 gallons of fresh water daily, and holds for 80000 cubic feet of cargo and 1200 tons of coal. The Abyssinia was the sister ship of the Algeria, they were the first Cunarders fitted with bathrooms. The bathrooms were situated so that there was one at the port side and one at the starboard side, for obvious reasons the bathhroom at the leevard side would be preferable when the wind was strong.

Abyssinia, Cunard Line steamship - cabin plan
Abyssinia, Cunard Line steamship - cabin plan
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