Main (ship)

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History
United Kingdom
Name: Main
Owner: Nourse Line
Builder: Russel & Company
Launched: August 1884
History
Norway
Renamed: Vansa, 1910-11
General characteristics
Class and type: Iron-hulled sailing ship
Tons burthen: 1,691 tons

The Main was a 1691-ton, iron sailing ship built by Russel & Company for the Nourse Line and launched in August 1884. She is recorded as having completed the journey from Sharpness to Calcutta on 20 July 1900 in 100 days but was mainly used to transport Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these are shown below:

Destination Date of Arrival Number of Passengers Deaths During Voyage
Fiji 30 April 1885 735 n/a
Trinidad 31 October 1891 631 24
Trinidad 1 November 1894 643 21
Trinidad 1 November 1895 651 3
Trinidad 4 November 1896 650 0
Trinidad 21 January 1900 627 4
Trinidad 2 December 1903 602 2
Surinam 15 October 1906 n/a n/a

The Main was sold to Norwegian owners in 1910-11 and renamed Vansa.

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