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3,376 gross 1870 at Glasgow by J. & G. Thomson & Co. Guion Line 363.5ft x 42.4ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1870  Launched for the Cunard Line on March 3Atlantic Journey ID 1971
 1870  Maiden voyage May 24, Liverpool-Queenstown-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1972
 1871  Outmoded by White Star's Oceanic classAtlantic Journey ID 1973
 1880  18 Sept. last Cunard voyage Liverpool-Queenstown-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1974
 1880  Returned to the buildersAtlantic Journey ID 1975
 1880  Purchased by the Guion LineAtlantic Journey ID 1976
 1881  Liverpool     New York  May 27 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Fitted with compound enginesAtlantic Journey ID 1977
 1882  Liverpool  Feb. 04  New York  Feb. 16 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Mar. 25  New York  Apr. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  June 03  New York  June 16 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 25 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Liverpool  May 19  New York  May 30 Transatlantc ID
 1885  Liverpool  July 18  New York  July 28 Transatlantc ID
 1887  Operated by CPR on Vancouver-Hong Kong-Japan routeAtlantic Journey ID 1978
 1891  Last CPR voyage Vancouver-Hong Kong-Japan routeAtlantic Journey ID 1979
 1891  28 Nov. resumed Liverpool-Queenstown-New York service, arrived NY Dec. 11Atlantic Journey ID 1980
 1891  Dec. 13: departed New York for Liverpool, Capt. MurrayAtlantic Journey ID 10836
 1891   Dec. 18: destroyed by fire in lat. 47 N., long. 44 W., passengers and crew rescued by the NDL steamer SpreeAtlantic Journey ID 1981
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.

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