Bruce (ship)

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Career (United Kingdom)
Owner: British Shipowners Company
Builder: Aitken Mansell of Glasgow
Launched: 1866
Acquired: 1880, Nourse Line
General characteristics
Class and type: Full-rigged ship, Barque
Tons burthen: 1,200 tons

The Bruce was a 1,200 ton sailing ship, built in 1866 by Aitken Mansell of Glasgow. In 1880 she was purchased from British Shipowners Company by the Nourse Line.

Indian indenture ship[edit]

On 21 May 1886, the Bruce carried 458 Indian indentured labourers to Fiji. In 1889 she was re-rigged as a barque. On 3 January 1889, she carried Indian indentured labourers to Surinam in the West Indies. [1] On 17 November 1890 she arrived in Trinidad with 507 Indian indentured labourers. There were 2 deaths during the voyage. [2] The Bruce also took Indian indentured labourers to Guyana. [3]

Coal hulk in New York Harbor[edit]

On 18 February 1891 she capsized in New York Harbor, was salvaged and used for coal storage. [4]

See also[edit]


Lubbock, Basil (1981). Coolie ships and oil sailors. Brown, Son & Ferguson. ISBN 0-85174-111-8.