PS Alexandra (1863)

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Career
Name: 1863-1889: PS Alexandra
1889 Elise Schultze
ca 1899 Amelie
Owner: 1863-1889 London and North Western Railway
1889 F. Schultze, Rostock
Operator: 1863-1889 London and North Western Railway
Port of registry: United Kingdom
Builder: John Laird, Birkenhead
Yard number: 305
Launched: 1863
Out of service: 1902
General characteristics
Tonnage: 703 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 226.6 ft (69.1 m)
Beam: 28.3 ft (8.6 m)
Draught: 16 ft (4.9 m)

PS Alexandra was a paddle steamer passenger vessel operated by the London and North Western Railway from 1863 to 1889.[1]

History[edit]

She was built by John Laird, Birkenhead for the London and North Western Railway in 1863. He maiden voyage was on Saturday 28 November 1863[2] when she sailed from Holyhead to Dublin Quay in 4 hours 20 minutes. The return journey took 4 hours 36 minutes. The report in the Liverpool Mercury on 1 December 1863 states that this was the fastest crossing to date.

On 5 August 1886 she was in collision with the Mail Steamer Munster of the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company in the Irish Sea.[3] On Wednesday 26 October 1887, she was involved in another accident when leaving Holyhead port she was struck by large waves in the side which drove in the bulkheads.[4] One man, John Fleming of Lavallyroe, County Mayo, was crushed to death and three others were seriously injured.

Sold in 1889 to F Schultze, Rostock. Converted to a barque and renamed Elise Schultze.[5] On a voyage from Cardiff to Buenos Aires, on 13 October 1890 she put into St. Michael's having suffered an explosion on 10 October.[6]

She was sold in Hamburg in 1896.[7] By 1899 she was owned by Mme Naro Ertaud of St. Nazaire as the Amelie. She was lost by stranding in 1902.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railway and Other Steamers, Duckworth. 1962
  2. ^ Liverpool Mercury - Tuesday 1 December 1863
  3. ^ Freeman's Journal - Wednesday 21 March 1888
  4. ^ Freeman's Journal - Friday 28 October 1887
  5. ^ "Feeder Lines - Eastern & North Western Companies + Zeeland & Stena Lines". The Ships List. Retrieved 17 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Shields Daily Gazette - Monday 27 October 1890
  7. ^ Die Schiffe der Rostocker Handels-Flotte 1800-1917 Heinrich Rahden, Hans Arnold Gräbke. Carl Hinstorff, 1941