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SS City of Glasgow

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1850 The first screw-propelled steamer to cross the Atlantic.

1854. News item. 'A correspondent at Campbelton states that, on Saturday (week), while a herd boy was walking along the shore at Ballochgair, he picked up a portion of the bow of a vessel, which bears every mark of having belonged to the ill-fated steamer, City of Glasgow. It has on it, in large gilded characters, not much defaced, "City of Glasgow" and, in the corner, "Let Glasgow flourish." This memento, which is probably all that will ever seen of the noble vessel, was taken to the office of Mr Watson, from whence it was forwarded to the builders, Messrs Tod and Macgreger. Glasgow, for identification. — North British Mail.'[1][2]

1859. News item. 'The first steamer which plied between Glasgow and New York was the City of Glasgow, of 1609 tons burthen, built of iron, in 1850, wrought with screw propeller. After making some voyages to New York she was sold, and subsequently plied between Liverpool and Philadelphia. She sailed on the second trip from Liverpool with many passengers, but was never heard of, other than a portion of the bow of a vessel having “City of Glasgow” thereon, in large gilded characters, was found washed ashore at Ballochgair, near Campbeltown, the 25th October, 1854.'[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. Inverness Courier - Thursday 09 November 1854
  2. Huddersfield Chronicle - Saturday 11 November 1854
  3. Greenock Advertiser - Tuesday 15 February 1859