Official Number
Yard Number: 255
Registered on 12 February 1890

Renamed: CALABRO (1910)

1898/99: Owner J. T. Rennie

1910/11: Owner J. T. Rennie; November 1910: Vessel was sold to Soc. Di Nav. a Vap. Puglia, Bari and renamed CALABRO. Last appearance in Lloyd's Register.

4 January 1917: Vessel was captured, shelled and sunk by German submarine U82 about 80 miles west of Ouessant on voyage from Cartagena to Middlesbrough.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 22/1/1890:
Launched from building yard of Hall Russell yesterday the finely modelled steamer ILLOVO. She will be fitted with triple expansion engines 250 hp. and two steel boilers with working pressure 160 lrs per spin. Will be fitted with steel masts. Handsome accommodation for large number of 1st class passengers, with electric light and bells, built for J. T. Rennie for Natal trade, Captain Baker. Constructed under supervision of Mr. A. Main, surveyor. Christening gracefully performed by Miss Couper, Craigiebuckler. Large crowds watched from neighbouring quays, lusty cheers as vessel settled at her anchors.

The Standard, 14/2/1890:
South African gold fields - Aberdeen line of steamers for Natal direct. Magnificent steamer ILLOVO, Frank Baker commander, will sail from London docks 26 Feb., calling at Tenerife. Surgeon and stewardess carried, for freight or passage apply John. T. Rennie, Son & Co., 4 East India Avenue, London EC.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 18/2/1890:
ILLOVO, new steamer, Baker, arrived London from Aberdeen 2am yesterday.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 16/10/1890:
Port Natal direct - Splendid full powered steamer ILLOVO, Capt. Baker, will embark passengers 31 Oct. London docks, 1st class only. Piano and all modern conveniences.

The Standard, 4/12/1891:
Passengers embarked London docks for Natal 14 March, 12 August, 4 December,

Called at en route Las Palmas (19/12/1893), Tenerife (17/5/1894), Madeira (81/11895)

Dundee Courier, 17/10/1895:
Fire occurred in main hold of steamer ILLOVO lying in London docks. Outbreak extinguished before much damage done, but two severely burned.

Dundee Courier, 20/5/1897:
John Richard Wooton, pantry boy on board steamer ILLOVO, is in custody on charge of murder. He and another lad, named Halliday, had a quarrel on morning of 3 May. That night a pistol shot was heard and Halliday was found to have been shot through the head in his sleep. Wooton was at once put into irons and given into custody on arrival in London.
J T Rennie
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
length 276' x breadth 36 1/12' x depth 25 7/12'
Gross Tonnage: 1930 ton

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