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5,147 gross 1879 at Glasgow by John Elder & Co. Guion Line 450.2ft x 45.4ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1879  March 10, launched as the first transatlantic passenger liner with compound engines with three crank-shafts, each having one cylinder. Atlantic Journey ID 7233
 1879  May 31, maiden voyage Liverpool - Queenstown - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 7234
 1879  Aug: Steward Owen Jones was murdered by a steerage passengerAtlantic Journey ID 9424
 1879  Nov. 7, on homeward voyage New York - Liverpool, ran full speed into a huge iceberg, proceeded to St. John's for repairs with her bow completely smashed up almost to the collision bulkheadAtlantic Journey ID 7236
 1880  Jan 24: Departed from Liverpool, had a stormy voyageAtlantic Journey ID 9425
 1880  May, made a record passage Liverpool - New York, 7 days, 10 hours and 47 min.Atlantic Journey ID 7235
 1881  Liverpool  Apr. 23  New York  May 01 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Liverpool  May 28  New York  June 06 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Liverpool  July 02  New York  July 09 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Liverpool  Sept. 10  New York  Sept. 18 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Liverpool  Oct. 15  New York  Oct. 24 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Liverpool  Nov. 19  New York  Dec. 01 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Jan. 28  New York  Feb. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Mar. 18  New York  Mar. 27 Passengers from Christiania to Hull 1882-03-11Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Apr. 22  New York  Apr. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  May 27  New York  June 04 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Aug. 05  New York  Aug. 13 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Sept. 09  New York  Sept. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Liverpool  June 16  New York  June 24 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Liverpool  Dec. 08  New York  Dec. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Liverpool  Mar. 23  New York  Mar. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Liverpool  May 17  New York  May 25 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Liverpool  June 14  New York  June 22 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 18 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Liverpool  Sept. 06  New York  Sept. 14 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Liverpool  Oct. 04  New York  Oct. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1886  Liverpool  May 15  New York  May 24 Arrived at 03:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1886  Liverpool  June 19  New York  June 27 Transatlantc ID
 1887  Liverpool  June 11  New York  June 20 Arrived at 09:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1887  Liverpool  July 16  New York  July 24 Arrived at 04:00 afternoonTransatlantc ID
 1887  Liverpool     New York  Oct. 02 Transatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 28 Transatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool  May 26  New York  June 03 Also reported arrive 1888-06-02Transatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool     New York  July 08 A journey of 7 days from LiverpoolTransatlantc ID
 1888  Liverpool  Aug. 04  New York  Aug. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 14 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  May 18 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  June 25 Arrived at 03:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1889  Liverpool     New York  July 29 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Liverpool     New York  May 03 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  May 10 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  June 08 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Liverpool     New York  July 04 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 10 Transatlantc ID
 1892  Liverpool     New York  May 08 Transatlantc ID
 1893  Liverpool     New York  Apr. 16 Transatlantc ID
 1894  Laid up in GarelochAtlantic Journey ID 7237
 1898  Rebuilt: tonnage 5,305 gross, yards removed, funnels rediced to one, fitted with triple expansion engines, renamed Hancock for US Govt. Atlantic Journey ID 7238
 1903  Became receiving ship at Brooklyn Navy YardAtlantic Journey ID 7239
 1917  Became troopshipAtlantic Journey ID 7240
 1918  Laid up at Philadelphia Navy YardAtlantic Journey ID 7241
 1926  ScrappedAtlantic Journey ID 7242
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
Arizona, Guion Line steamship - original rig
Arizona, Guion Line steamship with her original sailing rig
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Old tradecard showing the Guion Line steamship Arizona
Old tradecard showing the Guion Line steamship Arizona
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Arizona, Guion Line steamship
Arizona, Guion Line steamship - altered rig
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Arizona, Guion Line steamship
Arizona, Guion Line steamship - all yards now removed from masts
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Arizona - on the Mersey
"Arizona - on the Mersey
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In general design, the Arizona was more or less a copy of the sucessfull White Star Line steamships Britannic and Germanic. Her machinery however, was of a completely new design, and was compound with three crank-shafts, each having one cylinder, the high-pressure, of 62 inches diameter was in the centre, and the low-pressures each of 90 inches, with a stroke of 5 feet. Her propeller was 23 feet in diameter, with a pitch of 33 feet. She had seven double-ended boilers, carrying 90 lbs. pressure and had 39 furnaces. She had coal-bunkers for 1,200 tons; the daily consumption of coal was about 100-125 tons. A broad companion-way lead from the entrance on the main deck to the saloon, which contained six long tables, with revolving chairs. A large dome-like aperture, with a skylight at the top, rose from the centre of the saloon, and was crossed by beams, supported by small pillars of polished wood, upon which were placed plants and flowers. The saloon extended the entire width of the vessel, and contained a fine piano at the forward end, and a library at the after end. The state-rooms were elegantly upholstered, and contained every facility for comfort. Pneumatic bells connected all the state-rooms with the steward's pantry, which was situated just aft the main saloon. A richly-furnished ladies' boudoir was on the promenade deck, just aft of the forward wheel-house. That deck covered the entire part of the vessel amidships. There were small whale-back decks, built entirely of iron, at the extreme forward and after ends of the vessel. There were a number of powerful steam winches and all the latest appliances for steering, heaving up the anchors, taking on cargo, unloading, and heaving the ashes. The panels at the entrance to the main saloon were elaborately frescoed. The smoking room was forward of that, and the Captain's rooms were just aft. The companion-way was unusually wide, and allowed streams of people, three abreast, to pass up and down at the same time, without crowding in the least. The first cabin was amidships, forward of the engines, and could accommodate 138 passengers. The officers' quarters were on the same deck, aft of the saloon. Next was the second cabin, which could accommodate 65 passengers, while the entrance to the steerage was on the main deck, just in front of the after wheel-house. The steerage could contain berths enough for 1,800 emigrants, while the hold could contain immense quantities of freight.

The Arizona colliding with an iceberg in 1879
Arizona, Guion Line steamship colliding with an iceberg in 1879
Arizona colliding with th iceberg in 1879
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Arizona at St. John's for repairs after the collision
Arizona at St. John's for repairs after the collision
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