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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
4,791 gross 1893 at Greenock by Caird & Co. American Line 444.6ft x 44.2ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1873  Mar. 29, launched as the City of Chester for the Inman LineAtlantic Journey ID 941
 1873  July 10, maiden voyage Liverpool-Queenstown-New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 6715
 1893  Purchased by the American Line, renamed ChesterAtlantic Journey ID 942
 1893  March 4, commenced her first voyage New York - Southampton for the American Line. Atlantic Journey ID 6710
 1893  Southampton     New York  Mar. 29 Inman Line steamship City of ChesterTransatlantc ID
 1893  Southampton     New York  Apr. 24 Inman Line steamship City of ChesterTransatlantc ID
 1893  Southampton     New York  May 22 Former steamship City of ChesterTransatlantc ID
 1893  Southampton     New York  June 19 Inman Line steamship City of Chester - Also reported arrive 1893-06-20Transatlantc ID
 1893  Southampton     New York  July 19 Inman Line steamship City of ChesterTransatlantc ID
 1893  Southampton     New York  Aug. 11 Inman Line steamship City of ChesterTransatlantc ID
 1893  Southampton     New York  Aug. 21 Inman Line steamship City of ChesterTransatlantc ID
 1894  Southampton     New York  Mar. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1894  Southampton     New York  Apr. 05 Arrived at 09:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1894  Southampton     New York  May 22 Transatlantc ID
 1894  Southampton     New York  June 12 Also reported arrive 1894-06-13Transatlantc ID
 1894  Southampton     New York  July 05 Transatlantc ID
 1894  Southampton     New York  July 30 Transatlantc ID
 1898  Southampton     New York  May 25 Sailed under British flag. Arrived in New York at 12:00 noon.Transatlantc ID
 1898  Southampton     New York  July 19 Arrived in New York in the eveningTransatlantc ID
 1898  In 1898 she became the "Sedgwick" for the United States Government and was used as a Spanish was transportAtlantic Journey ID 6711
 1898  SoldAtlantic Journey ID 943
 1903  Renamed Arizona for Italian ownersAtlantic Journey ID 6712
 1906  Renamed NapoletanoAtlantic Journey ID 6713
 1907  Scrapped in ItalyAtlantic Journey ID 6717
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
Constructed of Iron with 2 decks, a clipper steam, 2 funnels and 3 masts (ship rigged). She had a single screw, a compound engine with 2 cylinders (72in. and 120 in. which was the largest yet installed at the time of building. The steam pressure was 80 lb per sq in.). The engine delivered 750 HP, giving the ship a service speed of 14 knots. Engines were built by Caird & Co, Greenock, the same company as the hull. She had accommodation for 125 1st class, 80 second class; and 1,310 steerage passengers. The S/S City of Chester was the sister ship of the S/S City of Richmond, they were the first two funnellers of the company.

The company obviously had great expectations to these two ships as to gain the Blue Riband of North Atlantic, from the White Star Line ship S/S Adriatic, which had made the record crossing from Queenstown to New York in 7 days, 23 hours and 17 min, but none of them ever gained the Blue Riband. However the City of Chester and the City of Richmond were specially built for the passenger trade, and were equipped with the best of what was available at the time, to meet the comfort of the passengers. A contemporary account stated: "The internal arrangements of the CITY OF RICHMOND are very convenient. The saloon, as near amidships as it can be, is a splendid apartment, 44 x 42 feet [13,41 x 12,80 metres], fitted in a luxurious and tasteful manner. The staterooms are well- ventilated and commodious. They are supplied with hot and cold water and are fitted with pneumatic communication and Broadfoot's washing- basins. In addition to the rooms already mentioned are two ladies' boudoirs, one on the upper deck and one immediately adjacent to the saloon. For those who are fond of tobacco there is a capacious smoking room".

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The S/S Chester as the USS Sedgewick in the Spanish American War
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