Official Number
Yard Number: 172
Screw Steamer with Brig rigging

Registered at Aberdeen, 5 August 1870

2 decks, 2 masts, engines: 2 vertical direct acting, estimated horse power 95

Initial owners: Thomas Adam (banker), John Birnie Adam (merchant), Thomas Adam Jnr. (merchant) all Aberdeen plus Alexander Chivas Adam (merchant, Newcastle upon Tyne). Largest minority shareholder James William Barclay (merchant, Aberdeen) with 8 shares.

1871: Lloyd's Register of Shipping Master J. Mutch; Destined voyage Newcastle/Mediterranean
1872: Damage repairs; Master J. Mutch
1875: Surveyed at Falmouth; new boiler; Master J. Mutch
1882: Owners G. P. Addison & Co.; surveyed Shields; Master J. Walker
1886: Owners J & A Davidson; Master W. French
1888-89 Renamed BENALDER; Master Davidson
1893-94: Owners Whittles, Pallister & Co.; Registered South Shields; Master J. J. Harvey

Vessel stranded August 1894.

Morning Post, 20/9/1870:
Screw steamer THOMAS ADAM having proved so successful, Messrs Adam & Co. have contracted with Hall Russell to build another vessel of similar construction but larger tonnage.

Lloyd's weekly Newspaper, 8/12/1872:
THOMAS ADAM collided off Dover with LOUIS JOSEPH, French brig, which sank [crew saved].

Dundee Courier, 23/2/1872:
Grimsby, 19 Dec. - Steamer THOMAS ADAM, of Aberdeen, Capt. Mutch, London-Newcastle in ballast, put in yesterday and was placed on gridiron for examination of propeller. Sailed again this morning.

Dundee Courier, 28/8/1874:
Re: Dundee harbour trustees, it will not be forgotten that steamer THOMAS ADAM, of Aberdeen, discovered some boulders in the tidal harbour, which the trustees, of their servant the harbour master, did not know were there, or knowing did not removed them. For that piece of valuable information the trustees had to shell out to the total of nearly £2000.

Dundee Courier, 26/8/1879:
Steamer THOMAS ADAM, of Aberdeen, Shield - Cartagena with coals, reports by telegraph from Yarmouth to be riding at anchor near Harbro' Sands broken down. Tugs in attendance and expected she would be towed back to Shields.

Dundee Courier, 21/8/1883:
Reports serious fire in warehouse of portion of cargo of flax brought by steamer THOMAS ADAM from Pernau.

Liverpool Mercury, 1/12/1886:
THOMAS ADAM, steamer, Cardiff - Oran with coals, has arrived Falmouth with slight defect in machinery.
Adam & Company, Aberdeen
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
length 201' 4" x breadth 29' 2" x depth 16' 9"
Gross Tonnage: 886 ton

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