|Re: [TSL] SS Nord America/Naples>NY 1906|
|email@example.com (E.Finch.) on 06/26/1998|
This was a ship with an interesting history.
The "Nord America" was built in 1882 by J.Elder & Co, Glasgow as the
"Stirling Castle" for Thos Skinner & Co, London. She was a 4,826 gross ton
ship, length 418.6ft x beam 50ft, two funnels, three masts, iron
construction, single screw and a speed of 15 knots when built.
Launched on 21/1/1882, she was used on the tea trade from China and was
world famous for her rapid voyages. Purchased by the Italian company, La
Veloce in 1883, she was fitted with accommodation for 90-1st, 100-2nd and
1,223-3rd class passengers and renamed "Nord America" but, due to her fame,
was allowed to retain her original name as well. She commenced her first
voyage from Genoa to South America on 13/11/1883 and in 1884 was named "Nord
America" only. In 1885 she was chartered by the British government for
carriage of troops to Suakin, Sudan and in 1899 was chartered to the Russian
government and used as a troopship between Odessa and Vladivostock in
connection with the Boxer rebellion in China. Rebuilt by Palmers Co Ltd in
1900, re-engined with less powerful engines to give a speed of 13.5knots,
accommodation altered to carry 90-2nd and 1,223-3rd class only, funnels
lengthened and her three masts reduced to two.
On 27/5/1901 she started her first voyage between Palermo, Naples and New
York and commenced her last passenger round voyage from Genoa to Naples and
New York on 25/3/1908 (58 round voyages). In December 1908 she was used as
an accommodation ship for survivors of the earthquake at Messina. She was
then employed solely as a cargo steamer, and on 5/12/1910 while on passage
from Buenos Aires with a cargo of horses, she ran aground on the Moroccan
coast. She was refloated and towed to Genoa, laid up and was scrapped in
1911. [North Atlantic Seaway, vol.3,p.1264-1271, by N.R.P.Bonsor] [South
Atlantic Seaway, p.278-279, by N.R.P.Bonsor]
Hope this helps.
At 15:52 25/06/98 -0500, Sciacca, Rick wrote:
>Looking for information about the ship SS Nord America. Looking for info
>on the ship itself. I have a copy of the passenger list with my ancester
>on it, but would like specific info on the ship itself. I know it sailed
>from Naples to NYC and back many times in the early 1900's.
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