SS City of Manchester (1851)

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Name: SS City of Manchester
Owner: Inman Line
Route: Atlantic crossing.
Builder: Tod and Macgregor, Partick, Glasgow
Launched: 14 June 1851[1]
Maiden voyage: Liverpool—Philadelphia, 26 July 1851[1]
Fate: Wrecked in 1876
General characteristics
Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 2,109 GRT[1]
Length: 265.3 ft (80.9 m)[1]
Beam: 37.5 ft (11.4 m)[1]
Propulsion: steam & sail[1]
Sail plan: 4 masts[1]
Speed: 9 knots[1]

The SS City of Manchester was an iron-hulled single screw liner built 1851 by Tod & McGregor, Glasgow, Scotland and the second such ship owned by the Inman Line (officially the Liverpool and Philadelphia Steam Ship Company). It was an improved version of their first ship City of Glasgow which had been launched a year earlier.[2]

Steerage passengers were carried beginning in 1852. The City of Manchester was chartered to the French government during the Crimean War, and resumed Inman voyages in 1856. She departed London for Calcutta 24 August 1857 as a transport as a result of the Indian Mutiny. By the next year, New York replaced Philadelphia as the American destination. After 20 years of Inman service, the City of Manchester was sold and converted to sail. The ship operated under sail until wrecked in 1876.[3][1]

There have been many ships named the City of Manchester[4]

1. The abovementioned

2. City of Manchester, 534 ton wooden ship built 1851, sold 1860 (Baines & MacKay / Black Ball Line) and again 1863.

3. City of Manchester built 1871, lost off Ushant 1885

4. City of Manchester built 1903, scrapped 1933

5. City of Manchester, built 1935, sunk 28 February 1942 by Japanese submarine I-153 off Java

6. City of Manchester, built 1950, sold 1971 and renamed Kavo Yerakes

7. City of Manchester, so named 1984-1985, before and after named Hassel Werder.


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