SS Traffic (1872)

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Career
Owner: White Star Line (1872–1896)
Liverpool Lighterage Co. (1896–1955)
Builder: Harland and Wolff
Launched: 1872
Fate: Scrapped 1955
General characteristics
Type: Ship's tender

SS Traffic was a baggage tender of the White Star Line, built in 1872 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast. She was based at the Port of Liverpool, and maintained a 24-year career with White Star. Traffic briefly served as a cargo vessel, but soon returned to tendering service.

In 1896, Traffic was sold to the Liverpool Lighterage Co., where she served for fifty-nine years in reliable service. She was broken up at Tranmere in 1955, at an age of eighty-two years. Traffic is perhaps the earliest (if not one of the earliest) examples of a ship's tender, having been built in the 1870s. She was also possibly the only baggage tender used by the White Star Line until the company purchased SS Gallic (ex-Birkenhead) in 1907.

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