PS Alexandra (1863)
|Operator:||1863-1889 London and North Western Railway|
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|Builder:||John Laird, Birkenhead|
|Out of service:||1902|
|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)|
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 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. 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. 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. 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.
- Railway and Other Steamers, Duckworth. 1962
- Liverpool Mercury - Tuesday 1 December 1863
- Freeman's Journal - Wednesday 21 March 1888
- Freeman's Journal - Friday 28 October 1887
- "Feeder Lines - Eastern & North Western Companies + Zeeland & Stena Lines". The Ships List. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
- Shields Daily Gazette - Monday 27 October 1890
- Die Schiffe der Rostocker Handels-Flotte 1800-1917 Heinrich Rahden, Hans Arnold Gräbke. Carl Hinstorff, 1941