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SS Scotia

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1861 Launching of RMS Scotia, a paddle steamer built for Cunard's British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Co

1896 An explosion took place on the Scotia, an old Cunarder, that by then belonged to the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co[1]. Subsequently, when starting to lay the second part of the cable (to Vigo?) on November 28th, and whilst swinging across the river at Greenwich, she was run into by a collier, and had to put into the Royal Albert Docks. The damage was so great that the cable was transferred to another of the company's ships, whilst the Scotia went into dry dock for repairs.

Another vessel of the same name:

1894 The steam vessel Scotia, was constructed by James Weatherhead, Eyemouth, for Mr. Richard Irwin of North Shields.

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