SS Winifred (1901)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Name: SS Winifred
Operator: Uganda Railway 1902–29; Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours 1929–36
Port of registry: East Africa Protectorate Kisumu
Builder: Bow, McLachlan & Co,[1] Paisley, Scotland
Yard number: 189[1]
Launched: 1902[1]
Completed: 1901[1]
In service: 1902[1]
Fate: scuttled 1936; scrapped 1954
General characteristics
Type: passenger & cargo ship[1]
Tonnage: 812 GRT[1]
Displacement: 500 tons displacement[1]
Length: 189 ft (58 m)[1]
Beam: 29 ft (8.8 m)[1]
Installed power: two triple expansion engines[1]
Propulsion: screw[1]

SS Winifred was a cargo and passenger Lake Victoria ferry in East Africa.

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[2]

Later Winifred was found to be unseaworthy.[1] In 1936 Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours scuttled her to form a breakwater off Luamba Island.[1] Her remains were scrapped in 1954.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Cameron, Stuart; Robinson, George. "SS Winifred". Clyde-built Database. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2011.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  2. ^ "General Notice No 271; Uganda Railway; Lake Victoria Steamer Services". Kenya Gazette. XXVI. 2 April 1924. Retrieved 30 August 2013.