SS Winifred (1901)
|Operator:||Uganda Railway 1902–29; Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours 1929–36|
|Port of registry:||Kisumu|
|Builder:||Bow, McLachlan & Co, Paisley, Scotland|
|Fate:||scuttled 1936; scrapped 1954|
|Type:||passenger & cargo ship|
|Displacement:||500 tons displacement|
|Length:||189 ft (58 m)|
|Beam:||29 ft (8.8 m)|
|Installed power:||two triple expansion engines|
The Uganda Railway had begun shipping operations on the lake in 1901 with the launch of the 110 ton SS William Mackinnon, built by Bow, McLachlan and Company of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland. She was a small general purpose vessel but the company wished to establish more substantial ferry operations. Accordingly, even before William Mackinnon was launched the company ordered the much larger Winifred and her sister ship SS Sybil from the same builder.
Bow, McLachlan built Winifred and Sybil in 1901. They were "knock down" vessels; that is, each was bolted together in the shipyard at Paisley, all the parts marked with numbers, disassembled into many hundreds of parts and transported in kit form by sea to Kenya for reassembly. Winifred was launched on the lake in 1902 and Sybil in 1903.
In the First World War East African Campaign Winifred and Sybil were armed as gunboats. After the Armistice they returned to civilian service. By now the company had three larger ferries: the 1,134 ton SS Clement Hill (1907) and 1,300 ton sister ships SS Rusinga and SS Usoga (both 1913), which therefore worked the busiest routes. However, on occasion Winifred or Sybil substituted for a larger ship, as for example in 1924 when Clement Hill was drydocked and Winifred temporarily took over its route between Kenya and Uganda.
- Cameron, Stuart; Robinson, George. "SS Winifred". Clyde-built Database. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
- "General Notice No 271; Uganda Railway; Lake Victoria Steamer Services". Kenya Gazette. XXVI. 2 April 1924. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
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