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BurdenBuiltShipowner or operator Dimensions
3,138 gross 1874 at Glasgow by London & Glasgow Co. Ltd. State Line 371.7ft x 38.5ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1880  Glasgow  Apr. 23  New York  May 05 Also reported arrive 1880-05-04Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  June 04  New York  June 13 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  July 16  New York  July 27 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Aug. 27  New York  Sept. 07 Also reported arrive 1880-09-06 - Arrived at 03:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Oct. 08  New York  Oct. 19 Arrived 02:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Nov. 19  New York  Dec. 01 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  Dec. 31  New York  Jan. 12 Feeder ship from Christiania 1880-12-27Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  Feb. 11  New York  Feb. 22 Feeder ship leaving Bergen 1881-02-05Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  Mar. 18  New York  Mar. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  July 09  New York  July 20 Larne, Ireland 1881-07-10Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow     New York  Aug. 30 Belfast 1881-08-21, arrived in New York at 03:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  Oct. 01  New York  Oct. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Dec. 24  New York  Jan. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Mar. 18  New York  Mar. 31 Also reported arrive 1882-03-30Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Apr. 29  New York  May 09 Also reported arrive 1882-05-10Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  June 10  New York  June 21 Also reported arrive 1882-06-22Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  July 21  New York  Aug. 02 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Sept. 02  New York  Sept. 13 Belfast 1882-09-03, arrived in New York at 02:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Oct. 14  New York  Oct. 26 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  May 05  New York  May 11 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  May 05  New York  May 15 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  June 16  New York  June 26 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  July 28  New York  Aug. 07 Also reported arrive 1883-08-06Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Sept. 08  New York  Sept. 19 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Oct. 20  New York  Oct. 31 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Dec. 08  New York  Dec. 21 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  Mar. 22  New York  Apr. 04 Transatlantc ID
 1884  April 18: eastbound collided with the bark Pomona in mid-ocean, both ships sank, 123 lives lostAtlantic Journey ID 9203
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
State Line steamship State of Florida sinking in 1884
Picture of the State Line steamship State of Florida sinking in 1884, from an old engraving
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The State of Florida left New York for Glasgow on the 12th of April, 1884. On the night of Friday, April 18th she collided with the bark Pomona in mid-ocean, or about 1,200 miles off the Irish coast. Both vessels sank immediately. The State of Florida carried down with her 123 out of 165 persons on board, while only three of the bark's crew of fifteen were saved. Two days after the collision, the forty-three survivors of the two ships were picked up by the Norwegian bark Theresa. Twenty-four of these survivors were transferred to the bark Louisa, and thence to the S/S Titania, which brought them to Quebec.

On April 23d the steamer City of Rome was spoken by a sailing vessel, probably the Theresa, which signalled that she had on board the crew of the shipwrecked State of ...... The remainder of the signalled message was lost in the mist, and the great steamship racer went straight on her course. The survivors brought to Quebec by the S/S Titania reported that those on duty saw the red light of the bark flash upon them for a moment, followed by an instantaneous crash, after which the steamship immediately began to sink, and preparations were made to launch the boats. The bark had sunk soon afterwards. As the passengers, many of them in their night-clothes, rushed upon the deck a scene of indescribable confusion prevailed. The women went into hysterics, while the male passengers were too much astonished to fully comprehend the situation or to take any steps towards saving themselves. Only one woman, the stewardess Jane Macfarlane of Glasgow, was saved.


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