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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
2,638 gross 1861 at Glasgow by Robert Napier & Sons Cunard Line 326.2ft x 40.4ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1861  Oct. 8, launchedAtlantic Journey ID 1408
 1862  Mar. 15, maiden voyage Liverpool - Queenstown - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1413
 1870  Liverpool  July 25  New York  July 05 Transatlantc ID
 1871  Liverpool  June 17  New York  June 27 Transatlantc ID
 1872  Had to return to Queenstown on way to New York with cracked cylinderAtlantic Journey ID 1409
 1873  Re-engined with compound engines by Barclay, Curle & Co, GlasgowAtlantic Journey ID 1410
 1874  Liverpool     New York  Aug. 28 Transatlantc ID
 1879  Zulu War transportAtlantic Journey ID 1414
 1880  Sold to Spain renamed "Magallanes"Atlantic Journey ID 1415
 1889  Sold to Norway and renamed "Theodore", converted to a four masted barkAtlantic Journey ID 1411
 1906  Went missing on way Tampa - YokohamaAtlantic Journey ID 1412
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

Cunard Line steamship China
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The China was an iron built ship, and at the time of launch considered very strongly framed, amply secured by strong watertight bulkheads. She was propelled by two engines on the oscillating principle, with an aggregate of 560-horse power. The sleeping berths for passengers were on the main deck, below the saloons. The Board of Trade measurements for passengers gave space for 268 first-class and 771 second class (or forward) passengers. However, she was competent to carry 1500 troops without dismantling her saloons or taking down her after cabins. Suspension rods ran all along her beams, to which hammocks could be slung. In 1879 she was thus used as a Zulu War transport.


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