Bruce (ship)

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

Bruce was a 1,200-ton sailing ship built in 1866 by Aitken Mansell of Glasgow, Scotland. In 1880 the Nourse Line purchased her from the British Shipowners Company.[citation needed]

Indian indenture ship[edit]

On 21 May 1886, 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 two deaths during the voyage. [1] Bruce also took Indian indentured labourers to Guyana.[2]

Coal hulk in New York Harbor[edit]

On 18 February 1891, Bruce capsized in New York Harbor, was salvaged and used for coal storage.[3]

See also[edit]


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