ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
TELEPHONE
Construction
IRON
Type
CARGO
Date
1878
Official Number
77450
Description
Yard Number: 161
Official number: 77450

Iron Screw Steamship built November 1878 for J Aitken Jnr., J Duthie, A & R Duthie, Aberdeen. By August 1879 J Duthie has 6/64 shares and A & R Duthie have 5/64 shares.
2 x inverted compound 124 NHP combined engines by Blaikie Bros. Aberdeen.

Master 1880-81 Thomson.

Subsequent Names: MARTHA

Bought in 1895 by John Cook & Son.

On 18 July 1896 TELEPHONE was in collision with the Spanish steamer ABRIL near Revalstoke. ABRIL sank with the loss of one life. TELEPHONE was on passage from Lovisa for Aberdeen with wood. TELEPHONE took ABRIL survivors to Reval and then was towed to Stockholm for repairs.

In 1899, TELEPHONE was sold to C N Castriottis of Piraeus and renamed MARTHA.

On 23 October 1909, MARTHA sailed from Beirut with 9000 cases of petroleum for Sidon. The vessel reached Sidon but was found to be on fire and sank at anchor on the 25 October 1909.

Morning Post, 27/08/1884:
Collision off Folkstone between screw steamer Telephone , of Aberdeen with barley for Leith and schooner Carrington. Steamer sustained little damage, but schooner shipping water + had to be towed immediately into Dover harbour.

Exeter Flying Post, 08/02/1889:
Another collision in English Channel - screw steamer Telephone, of Aberdeen, ran into Finnish barque Carl in English Channel. Carl was cut down to water's edge + towed into Plymouth.
Shipbuilder
DUTHIE
Shipowner
James Aiken Junior, Aberdeen
Dimensions
length 242' 2" x breadth 31' x depth 17' 3"
tonnage 810 tons
1249 GRT

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