Official Number
Yard Number: 212
Date of Build/Launch: August 1878
Type: Screw Steamer

Owner at Launch: C. I. Barnes, Hong Kong

Description: 2 decks (1 deck and awning deck), 2 masts, schooner rigged, round stern, clench built, no figurehead.
1 pair inverted direct acting surface condensing compound engines made by Hall Russell & Co. Aberdeen. (Compound 2 cylinder steam engine of 120H.P. and Boiler of 80lbs)
(Source: Aberdeen Register of Shipping (Aberdeen City Archives))

4 bulkheads
Load line 14 feet
Master - Captain Cullen

1880: Master E. Theobald, Owners C. J. Barnes; Voyage Hong Kong - Aberdeen
1881/82/83: Master Cullen; Owners C. J. Barnes
1884: Master Cullen; Owners China & Manila Steam Ship Co. Ltd, Praya Central, Hong Kong.
(Source: Lloyd's Register of Shipping)

Aberdeen Journal, Wednesday 11 September 1878:
"Trial Trip of DIAMANTE
The screw steamer DIAMANTE which was launched from the building yard of Messrs Hall Russell & Co. a few weeks ago went out in the bay yesterday for a trial of speed and gave very satisfactory results, attaining a mean speed of 11¾ knots. As previously mentioned the DIAMANTE is owned by Messrs Peele, Hubball & Co, Manilla and is intended for the passenger trade on the China coast. The steamer is 210ft long, 28ft 6 inches broad and 21 feet in depth of Hold, and is 900 tons register. She is fitted with surface condensing engines of 130 horse power nominal. steam winches, patent windlass and other improvements for facilitating the quick discharge of cargo. The DIAMANTE will leave on an early date for Manilla under the command of Captain Theobaud, who has superintended the building of the vessel".

The Standard, Saturday 16 November 1878:
"DIAMANTE arrived in Hong Kong on Nov. 13th from Aberdeen".

24 March 1879: DIAMANTE left Amoy for Hong Kong.
27 March 1879: DIAMANTE Capt. Pheland at Hong Kong from Manilla.

No further mention in the 19th century British papers but the ship must have been lost or change of name before 1899 when another DIAMANTE was built at Hall Russell shipyard.
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
W Nicholls, London
length 200 3/6' x breadth 28 1/12' x depth 13 3/6'
Gross Tonnage: 809 ton

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