ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
GASSENDI
Construction
IRON
Type
STEAMER, CARGO
Date
1872
Official Number
63994
Description
Yard Number: 182
Launched in April 1872

Subsequent Names: MADONNA DELLA COSTA

Built for the Lamport and Holt Fleet in 1872, British flag. UK - South America service. Owned in 1876 by the Liverpool, Brazil & River Plate Steam Navigation Company, a subsidiary of Lamport & Holt. Registered at Liverpool. Remained with the fleet until sold in 1885. Sold to Italian owners, in 1891 and renamed MADONNA DELLA COSTA. Mediterranean-New York service. G.B. Reforzo, Italian flag.

Carried immigrants to Ellis Island, New York City.

Caught fire and sank at Santos in 1894.

Details courtesy of Stewart Ross
Source: www.ellisisland.org/shipping/

Dundee Courier, 3/6/1872:
Screw steamer GASSENDI, lately launched by Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen, went out to the bay for trial at the measured mile, vessel ran the mile at mean speed of 3 mins. 42 secs. being about 10 and one half knots per hour. Everything worked very satisfactorily.

Belfast Newsletter, 3/3/1873:
Liverpool - Liverpool, Brazil & River Plate Co.’s steamer GASSENDI left Mersey with ship letters and £16,884 in specie for Bahia (Brazil) and Rio. She will receive telegrams at Lisbon until 5th.

Birmingham Daily Post, 11/1/1873:
Liverpool, 10 Nov. - GASSENDI left Mersey today direct to Montevideo, Buenos Aries and Rossa Rio.

Glasgow Herald, 21/4/1880:
Liverpool, 20 April - Lamport and Holt's steamer GASSENDI left Mersey for Pernambuco [Recife, Brazil].

Glasgow Herald, 1/4/1885:
Liverpool, 21 March - steamer GASSENDI arrived from River Plate.

The Standard, 24/6/1885:
Malta, 23 June - steamer GASSENDI arrived en route to Singapore.

Belfast Newsletter, 8/1/1886:
British steamer GASSENDI, from Cardiff, has arrived at Leghorn [Livorno] with decks swept, boats carried away with other deck movables and cabin stove in. She had jettisoned a portion of her cargo.

Glasgow Herald, 21/12/1886:
In action brought up at Greenock by Duncan Fraser, shipmaster, Helensburgh, against George Willison, farmer, Kilchatten, Isle of Luing, for £379.18s, wages and disbursements due him by the defender as the only solvent owner of the steamer GASSENDI, of Liverpool, of which pursuer was for some time master. Sheriff Nicolson found for Capt. Fraser with expenses.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 3/10/1887:
GASSENDI, British steamer, Glasgow to Smyrna, is at Ferrol [Spain] with pumps chocked and cargo shifted.






Owner
J & R Mudie, Dundee
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 238 7/12' x breadth 30 3/12' x depth 17 1/6'
gross tonnage: 1249 ton

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