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8,415 gross 1881 at Barrow by Barrow Shipbuilding Co. Inman Line 560.2ft x 52.3ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1881  June 14, launched for the Inman LineAtlantic Journey ID 4491
 1881  Oct. 13, maiden voyage Liverpool - Queenstown [Cobh] - New York (5 voyages)Atlantic Journey ID 4492
 1881  Liverpool  Oct. 13  New York  Oct. 24 1480 passengers arrived at 20:00 eveningTransatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  Apr. 06  New York  Apr. 15 1410 passengers arrived at 23:00 evening after crossing the Ocean in 8 days 5 hours and 30 min.Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  May 12  New York  May 20 Queenstown 1882-05-12, 1625 passengers arrived New York at 06:00 morning after crossing the Ocean in 7 days 12 hours and 45 min.Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  June 15  New York  June 23 Queenstown 1882-06-16, arrived New York at 10:00 morning after crossing the Ocean in 7 days 16 hours and 45 min. - Also reported to depart 1882-06-16 and arrive 1882-06-24Transatlantc ID
 1882  Liverpool  July 20  New York  July 28 Queenstown 1882-07-21, 928 passengers arrived New York at 08:00 morning after crossing the Ocean in 7 days 15 hour and 10 min.Transatlantc ID
 1882  Sold to The Barrow Steam Ship Co. Ltd., operated by Anchor Line, name remained City of RomeAtlantic Journey ID 4493
 1882  Aug. 25, first voyage for the Anchor Line, Liverpool - Queenstown - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 4494
 1882  Liverpool  Aug. 26  New York  Sept. 03 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Rebuilt to accommodate 75-1st, 250-2nd and 1,000- 3rd class passengersAtlantic Journey ID 4495
 1898  September, used to repatriate 1690 Spanish troops from Portsmouth, USA to Santander, Spain after the Spanish - American warAtlantic Journey ID 4496
 1902  Scrapped in GermanyAtlantic Journey ID 4497
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, clipper stem, three funnels, four masts, single screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 271-1st, 250-2nd and 810-3rd class passengers. She was considered by many to be the most beautiful steamer ever built.

City of Rome, Inman Line steamship
Old tradecard showing the S/S City of Rome, on this picture she is rigged as a four-masted bark
City of Rome, Anchor Line steamship
On this picture showing with her sails up. Both above pictures the ships are seen with Inman Line colros on funnels (black, white band and black top).
City of Rome, in Anchor Line service
City of Rome with funnels painted black for Anchor Line service.

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From "The Atlantic Ferry" by A. J. MAGINNIS (p.49):
..the City of Rome was launched at Barrow on June 14th, 1881, and sailed on her first voyage from Liverpool, October 13th, 1881. This graceful vessel was the subject of much comment when being built, but the great expectations were, however, not realized. The construction of the hull, beyond being exceptionally strong, calls for no comment. She was built of iron throughout, and was 560 feet long, 52 1/4 feet broad, and 37 feet deep, and of 8144 tons; three funnels were for the first time fitted, which being uniformly spaced with four masts, gave the vessel a noble appearance in conjunction with the graceful bow and general outline of the hull. For the machinery, which was also by the Barrow Company, the three-crank engine was adopted, but it differed from the other types in the fact that there were six cylinders, three high-pressure, each 46 inches, and three low-pressure, each 86 inches diameter, fitted tandem fashion, with a stroke of 6 feet. A great departure was made in the working of the slide-valves by means of spur-wheels, which geared the weigh-shaft (on which the eccentrics were, fitted) with the crank-shaft, and thus enabled the valves to be fitted at the back of the cylinders. Hollow shafting was also fitted throughout, except for the propeller length. The boilers, which were of the usual type in iron, carrying 90 Ibs. pressure, were eight in number, with forty-eight furnaces' placed two and two in fore and aft line, which enabled a water-tight bulkhead to be fitted fore and aft on each side, so as to form the coal bunkers; this excellent arrangement was, however, altogether altered, as well as other parts of the machinery, after she was, returned to the builders, with a view of attaining a speed more in accordance with the newer Atlantic vessels. After completion of these alterations, she was again put in the Express Service, under the auspices of the Anchor Line, in 1884, where she remained until 1891.

Photograph of the S/S City of Rome
Photograph of the S/S City of Rome, note that the rig has been altered, yards having been removed. This picture shows her rigged as a four-masted schooner
Capt. R. D. Munroe, Commodore of the Anchor Line fleet
Capt. R. D. Munroe, Commodore of the Anchor Line fleet


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