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2,528 gross 1874 at Glasgow by Thomas Wingate & Co. State Line 329.9ft x 36.2ft 
 Year Departure ArrivalRemarks
 1874  Aug. 27, launched for the State LineAtlantic Journey ID 3511
 1874  Sept. 16, maiden voyage Glasgow - Larne - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3512
 1877  Glasgow  Apr. 27  New York  May 08 Transatlantc ID
 1877  Glasgow  May 12  New York  May 21 Journey of 9 daysTransatlantc ID
 1877  Glasgow  June 22  New York  July 04 Transatlantc ID
 1878  Glasgow  May 24  New York  June 03 Transatlantc ID
 1878  Glasgow  July 05  New York  July 16 Transatlantc ID
 1878  Glasgow  Aug. 16  New York  Aug. 26 Transatlantc ID
 1878  Glasgow  Sept. 27  New York  Oct. 08 Transatlantc ID
 1879  Glasgow  Feb. 14  New York  Feb. 24 Transatlantc ID
 1879  Glasgow  May 02  New York  May 12 Via Larne, Ireland - Also reported arrive 1879-05-13Transatlantc ID
 1879  Glasgow  July 25  New York  Aug. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1879  Glasgow  Oct. 27  New York  Nov. 07 Transatlantc ID
 1879  Glasgow  Nov. 28  New York  Dec. 08 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow     New York  Feb. 15 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Mar. 09  New York  Mar. 22 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Apr. 16  New York  Apr. 29 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  May 28  New York  June 08 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  July 10  New York  July 20 Also reported arrive 1880-07-19 - Journey of 8 days 10 hoursTransatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Aug. 20  New York  Aug. 31 Transatlantc ID
 1880  Glasgow  Oct. 01  New York  Oct. 12 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  May 14  New York  May 25 Arrived at 04:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  June 25  New York  July 05 Arrived at 01:00 night - Also reported arrive 1881-07-06Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow     New York  Aug. 17 Belfast Saturday 1881-08-07 - Also reported arrive In New York 1881-08-16Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow  Sept. 18  New York  Sept. 29 Transatlantc ID
 1881  Glasgow     New York  Nov. 08 Belfast 1881-10-30, arrived in New York at 21:30 evening after 8 days crossing the OceanTransatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Feb. 11  New York  Feb. 24 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Mar. 25  New York  Apr. 06 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  May 05  New York  May 16 Arrived in New York at 02:00 morning - Also reported arrival on 1882-05-10Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  June 24  New York  July 05 Transatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow     New York  Aug. 14 Belfast 1882-08-06, arrived in New York at 04:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1882  Glasgow  Sept. 16  New York  Sept. 26 Also reported arrive 1882-09-25Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Jan. 28  New York  Feb. 11 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  June 02  New York  June 11 110 Norwegian passengers - Also reported arrive 1883-06-13Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  July 14  New York  July 24 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Aug. 24  New York  Sept. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Oct. 06  New York  Oct. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1883  Glasgow  Nov. 18  New York  Nov. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  Dec. 30  New York  Jan. 10 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  June 14  New York  June 24 Transatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  July 26  New York  Aug. 06 Also reported arrive 1884-08-05Transatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  Sept. 06  New York  Sept. 15 Also reported arrive 1884-09-17Transatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  Oct. 19  New York  Oct. 30 654 passengersTransatlantc ID
 1884  Glasgow  Nov. 29  New York  Dec. 12 Feeder ship Departure Bergen 1884-11-20Transatlantc ID
 1885  Glasgow  Jan. 11  New York  Jan. 22 Transatlantc ID
 1885  Glasgow  Apr. 09  New York  Apr. 17 Transatlantc ID
 1885  Glasgow  May 08  New York  May 20 Transatlantc ID
 1885  Glasgow     New York  Aug. 07 Arrived at 04:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1886  Glasgow  Dec. 24  New York  Jan. 01 Arrived at 09:00 morning after close to 8 days journeyTransatlantc ID
 1886  Glasgow     New York  Mar. 18 Transatlantc ID
 1886  Glasgow  Apr. 16  New York  Apr. 26 Transatlantc ID
 1886  Glasgow  May 22  New York  June 02 Transatlantc ID
 1886  Glasgow     New York  July 05 Arrived in the morningTransatlantc ID
 1887  Glasgow     New York  Apr. 01 Arrived at 03:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1887  Glasgow  May 27  New York  June 07 Also reported arrive 1887-06-06 and 1887-06-08Transatlantc ID
 1887  Glasgow     New York  July 14 Also reported arrive 1887-07-11Transatlantc ID
 1887  Glasgow     New York  Sept. 19 Transatlantc ID
 1887  Glasgow     New York  Oct. 26 Also reported arrive 1887-10-28Transatlantc ID
 1887  Glasgow     New York  Nov. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1888  Glasgow     New York  Jan. 11 Arrived at 02:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1888  Glasgow     New York  Feb. 20 Also reported arrive 1888-02-22Transatlantc ID
 1888  Glasgow     New York  Apr. 12 Also reported arrive 1888-04-10 - Arrived at 01:00 morningTransatlantc ID
 1888  Glasgow     New York  May 15 Transatlantc ID
 1888  Glasgow     New York  June 20 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  Apr. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  May 08 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  June 12 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  July 20 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  Aug. 20 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  Sept. 26 Also reported arrive 1889-09-25Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  Oct. 30 Transatlantc ID
 1889  Glasgow     New York  Dec. 06 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Glasgow     New York  Feb. 27 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Glasgow     New York  Apr. 15 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Glasgow     New York  May 22 Transatlantc ID
 1890  Glasgow     New York  Oct. 06 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Glasgow     New York  Feb. 05 Transatlantc ID
 1891  Taken over by the Allan Line with the rest of the State Line fleetAtlantic Journey ID 3515
 1891  Apr. 17, first voyage Glasgow - Moville - New YorkAtlantic Journey ID 3513
 1893  Sold to Turkey, became the Ottaman Govt. ship "Ismir"Atlantic Journey ID 3516
 1912  Sunk by Turks as blockship at SmyrnaAtlantic Journey ID 3514
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

The State of Indiana, was built by Messrs. Thomas Wingate and Co., at Whiteinch, Glasgow, for the State Line, to be employed in the trade between Glasgow and New York. She was launched with all her machinery on board, and completely fitted for sea, on Aug. 27, 1874, made a trial trip on Sept. 2, and sailed from Glasgow for New York, via Larne, Belfast, on the 5th, with a full cargo of goods and a large number of passengers.

The hull was 330 ft in length, 36 ft. in breadth, and 28 ft. in depth, with a burden of 2528 tons gross register, and was propelled by a pair of compound surface condensing engines, of 400-horse power nominal, indicating about 2000-horse power effective. She was built under special survey, and was classed A 100, the highest description of the first class in the Lloyd's registry. In addition to a large cargo capacity, accommodation was provided for 80 first-class cabin, 30 second-class cabin, and 500 third-class or steerage passengers, besides the 109 crew members, including the officers. The cabin saloon was unusually spacious, and was elegantly fitted up, with large mirrors, a piano, and a library. Abundant light and ventilation was supplied by means of a large oval well in the centre, in addition to the usual side lights. The ladies' cabin opened off the saloon, and was very tastefully furnished in blue velvet, with decorations of white enamel and gold. There was also a large circular boudoir on deck for the exclusive use of the ladies, with large plate-glass windows, shaded with blue silk hangings and floored with encaustic tiles. From this apartment a private staircase lead to a promenade deck.

There was a commodious smoking-room for gentlemen, with large windows and tiled floor. Adjoining the saloon was the chief steward's pantry, which was of extra large size, with all convenient fittings. Electric wires were led from the saloons and staterooms to that apartment; and it was in communication with the galley above by means of hoists. The staterooms were entirely separate from the saloon. They were spacious, well lighted, ventilated, and beautifully painted with white enamel and gold. Comfortable, well arranged baths and other conveniences were in that part of the vessel. The second cabins were roomy apartments, comfortably furnished as parlour and bedroom.

The steerage accommodations were unsurpassed. Separate compartments were provided for single men, for married couples and families, and for single women. Cleanliness and good ventilation prevailed throughout, and in cold weather the entire ship was heated by steam. The captain's apartments, and also those of the officers of the ship, were amidships. The forecastle presented a special feature, being semicircular, with twelve doors leading by staircases to the tweendecks, the quarters of the sailors and firemen. It also formed a shelter in bad weather. Immediately over the captain's and officers' rooms were the bridges and charthouse, from which telegraphic communication was arranged with the engine department and wheelhouse, controlling all the movements of the ship.

Besides the usual donkey engines and steam-winches there were independent steam engines for steering, hoisting ashes, or working the anchors, so as to reduce manual labour. There were numerous life-boats raised on platforms to allow passengers to walk under them, and fitted with the approved patent lowering apparatus.

The State of Indiana was the fourth vessel Messrs. Thomas Wingate and Co. built for the State Line, which then consisted of nine ships, the others having been built by the London and Glasgow Engineering and Ship-Building Company of Glasgow. Six of the vessels were similar in size, power, and style to the State of Indiana. They constituted the line to New York, and sailed regularly every Friday from Glasgow, calling at the railway wharf at Larne, near Belfast, on Saturday morning, to take on board goods and passengers. The ships sailed on the return voyage from New York every Saturday; they called at Larne to land passengers for Ireland and those who wished to avail themselves of the most expeditious route to England without going on to Glasgow. The other three vessels belonging to the company were employed in maintaining a monthly communication between Liverpool and New Orleans.

[Source: This description has been extracted from an article in The Illustrated London News, Oct 17, 1874]


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