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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
3,871 gross 1861 at Glasgow by Robert Napier & Sons Cunard Line 379.4ft x 47.8ft 
 1861 June 25, launched as the last Cunard ocean going steamer with side-lever engines and padle wheelAtlantic Journey ID 1766
 1862 May 10, maiden voyage Liverpool - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1771
 1863 Liverpool - Queenstown - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 1772
 1863 December, record passage Queenstown - New York, passing in 8 days and 3 hours (first passage under 9 days)Atlantic Journey ID 1767
 1866 July, record passage Queenstown - New York, passing in 8 days and 13 hours (first passage under 9 days)Atlantic Journey ID 1768
 1876 Sold to the Telegraph Construction & Maint. Co, converted to twin screw steamer for telegraph cable purposesAtlantic Journey ID 1769
 1904 Mar. 11, wrecked on Catalan Bank, near GuamAtlantic Journey ID 1770
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

Scotia (1), Cunard Line steamship
The S/S Scotia (1) of the Cunard Line
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The Scotia was the last paddle wheel vessel built for the transatlantic trade before the superiority of the screw propulsion put an end to their further construction. At the time of her launch in 1861, she was admitted to be the strongest-built merchant steamer afloat. She was built in iron. Details: 3,871 tons gross, length 379 ft. between perps, 47.8 feet broad and 30.5 feet deep. Accommodation was provided for 300 passengers, and 1400 tons of cargo could be carried. On her trials, she is stated to have attained a speed of 16.5 knots. Her paddle-wheels were 40 ft. diameter, with fixed radial floats 11.5 ft. wide, and were driven by side-lever engines of 975 nominal h.p., constructed by Messrs. Robert Napier and Sons. These had two cylinders, 160 in. diam. by 12 ft. stroke, which indicated 4570 total horse power Steam at 25 lb. per sq. in. pressure was supplied by eight tubular boilers, containing in al 140 furnaces. The fuel consumption amounted to 165 tons per day.

The fastest Atlantic crossing of the "Scotia" was made from New York to Queenstown in 8 days 3 hours. She held the Blue Riband from 1862 to 1867, and remained on the North Atlantic service for 13 years. She represented the highest development in transatlantic paddle steamers, and together with her sister ship, the S/S Persia she introduced the first real express service for passengers across the Atlantic.

S/S Scotia, Cunard Line
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