On This Day

19 February

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1885 New ship for a new company


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The 1,799-ton cargo ship Teneriffe (Yard No. 178) was launched today at high water. Teneriffe was the first vessel built for the British & African Steam Navigation Company, of which Elder, Dempster & Co., Liverpool were the managing agents. Harland & Wolff had previously built a large fleet of steamers for the African Steamship Co., and Teneriffe was built along similar lines.

The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Bell, daughter of William Bell, JP, ‘amid cheers of those onboard’ as the vessel went down the ways. Among those witnessing the launch were Edward J. Harland, JP, William Bell, JP, James McLean, Jun., William J. Pirrie and Alexander M. Carlisle. The vessel’s dimensions were: Length, 300 feet; Breadth of beam, 36 feet; Depth in hold, 20 feet.

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1876 Thursby


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The 497-ton cargo ship Thursby (Yard No. 101) was launched at 5pm today for W. Thursby. Because of the late hour, very few people witnessed the launch. The steamer was intended for the cross-channel coal trade.