SS Snaefell (1876)
Snaefell at the Coffee Palace berth, Douglas, Isle of Man
|Port of registry:||Douglas, Isle of Man|
|Builder:||Caird & Co. Greenock|
|Cost:||£28,250 (equivalent to £2,610,254 in 2018).|
|Launched:||27 April 1876|
|Out of service:||1904|
|Fate:||Disposed of 1904|
|Tonnage:||849 gross register tons (GRT)|
|Length:||251 ft 3 in (76.6 m)|
|Beam:||29 ft 3 in (8.9 m)|
|Depth:||14 ft 1 in (4.3 m)|
|Installed power:||1,700 shp (1,300 kW)|
|Propulsion:||Two oscillating diagonally opposed engines, developing 1,700 shp (1,300 kW)|
|Speed:||15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
Construction & dimensions
Snaefell was built at the yards of Cairn & Co., Glasgow, in 1876. Her builders also supplied her engines and boilers and she was launched on Thursday 27 April 1876.
Her purchase cost was £28,250; she had a registered tonnage of 849 GRT; length 251'3"; beam 29'3"; depth 14'1". Snaefell's engines developed 1,700 shp (1,300 kW) and gave her a service speed of 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph).
In 1895, she was fitted with electric lighting. The cost of the installation was £425 (equivalent to £48,220 in 2018).
A smaller vessel then her immediate predecessors, but judged successful none-the-less, Snaefell served the many ports to which the Company then operated.
In April 1881, she was involved in a collision with the Osprey off Douglas Head.
In August 1892, she was making passage to Ardrossan from Douglas in hazy weather, when she collided with the Norwegian vessel Kaleb. Both ships were damaged, but the Snaefell was able to continue to the yards of Fairfield & Co. under her own steam for repairs. The subsequent repairs cost £1,298 (equivalent to £138,650 in 2018). A legal wrangle then ensued, and finally the High Court in Edinburgh held that both ships were to blame.
After 38 years successful service to the line, Snaefell was disposed of in 1904.
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