PS Hankow (1874)

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The paddle steamer PS Hankow was built in 1874 in Glasgow for the China Navigation Company
United Kingdom
Name: PS Hankow
Owner: China Navigation Co, London
Route: Yangtze and from 1886 Hong Kong/Canton service
Builder: A. & J. Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Yard number: 107
Launched: Tuesday, 30 December 1873
Fate: Destroyed by American bombing during WW2
General characteristics
Type: Iron Paddle Steamer
Tonnage: 3073 grt
Length: 308.4ft
Beam: 42.2ft
Draught: 15.1ft depth
Installed power: 140nhp
Propulsion: Steam 2cyl
Speed: 9 knots

The PS Hankow was an iron paddle steamer built at A and J Inglis, Pointhouse, Glasgow with Yard No. 107.[1] The Hankow is notable as one of the ships to participate in the 1878 to 1911 wave of Portuguese immigration to Hawaii, when she arrived on 9 July 1883 in Honolulu Harbor with 1,462 immigrants from the Azores and Madeira Island of Portugal to work as contract labor in the Hawaiian sugarcane plantations.[2][3] She was transferred in 1886 from Yangtze to Hong Kong/Canton service. Gutted by fire on 14 October 1906 at Canton Steamer Wharf, Hong Kong with loss of 130 lives. Towed to Shanghai in 1907 and converted to hulk and moved to Hankow as transhipment godown. Transferred to Shasi in 1930, and to Ichang in 1938. Destroyed by American bombing during WW2.[1]


  1. ^ a b David Asprey and Stuart Cameron: Launched 1873: PS Hankow.
  2. ^ Marques, Augustus (1886). Thrum, Thomas G., ed. "Portuguese immigration to the Hawaiian Islands" (PDF). Hawaiian Almanac and Annual for 1887 - A Handbook of Information. Honolulu, Hawaii: Press Publishing Company: 74–78. 
  3. ^ Felix, John Henry & Senecal, Peter F. (1978). The Portuguese in Hawaii. Honolulu, Hawaii: self-published, Centennial edition limited to 2000 copies. pp. 27–30. 

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