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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
1,610 gross 1850 at Glasgow by Tod & McGregor Inman Line 227ft x 34ft 
 YearRemarks
 1850 Feb. 28, launched for Tod & McGregorAtlantic Journey ID 3175
 1850 Apr. 15, maiden voyage Glasgow - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3178
 1850 Purchased by Inman LineAtlantic Journey ID 3176
 1850 Dec. 11, first voyage Liverpool - PhiladelphiaAtlantic Journey ID 3177
 1852 Refitted to carry 130 cabin passenger and 400 3rd-class (steerage)Atlantic Journey ID 3179
 1854 Mar. 1, departed Liverpool, disappeared on way to New York, 480 lives lostAtlantic Journey ID 3180
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City of Glasgow, Inman Line steamship
Picture of the S/S City of Glasgow from an old engraving
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This picture of the City of Glasgow was printed in the Gleason's Pictorial in October 1851, in connection with her first arrival to her new home port of Philadelphia after having been purchased by the Inman Line. At the time she was commanded by Captain R. B. Mathews. According to the corresponding text she was the pioneer of the direct line of steam communication between Philadelphia and Liverpool.

"The arrival of the "City of Glasgow," at Philadelphia, for the first time, was made the occasion of not a little rejoicing, and the "City of Brotherly Love" was, for once, startled out of its own quietude, and a gala day reigned throughout the city."

"What a revolution has been brought about in commerce, through the means of these immense traverses of the deep! Time and space are annihilated, and one goes to sea with as much actual comfort, and surrounded with as many luxuries and elegances as greet him in the most princely mansions at home. Ten days from land to land, across that immense watery waste, the Atlantic, what a miracle! Never stopping, never weary, no sails to set or take in as the weather threatens, no reefing as the gale increases, no disappointment at not being able, for want of a fair wind, to lay her course, but her ponderous engines are steadily at work, day and night; they heed not the gale, but bear the stout hull through the fierce head sea, and toss the resisting waters heedlessly on either side. How responsible is the situation of a single mind that controls all this immense fabric, the calm authority that emanates from the quarter-deck!"

"See the rough, old sea dog, that coolly surveys the scene! A hundred lives are under his charge; a million of dollars in property is entrusted to his care! One word of his stops that ponderous machinery; a single command changes the entire course of the floating palace beneath his feet."
[Gleason's Pictorial - Boston, Saturday, October 11, 1851]


S/S City of Glasgow
S/S City of Glasgow
, printed in "The Atlantic Ferry", Arthur J. Maginnis 1893, p. 41

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