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From: Andy Clayton <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] (RMS?) Sardinian
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 13:54:28 -0500
Many thanks for the reply.
I have in fact already seen this text from the web and assumed from the
text that this was not the ship in question.
The information I have is from the National Archives of Canada:
Microfilm Reel No. C-4512 page 2. It states that William RIDSDALE age 54
landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. in 1884 aboard the ship "Sardinian".
The text below states Quebec & Montreal. Would Halifax have been a stop
on the same voyage??
Ted Finch wrote:
> Hello Andy,
> This is the ship you want -
> The "Sardinian" was built by R.Steele & Co, Greenock in 1874 for the Allan
> Line. She was a 4,399 gross ton ship, length 400ft x beam 42.3ft, straight
> stem, one funnel, three masts, iron construction, single screw and a speed
> of 13 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 120-1st and 850-3rd class.
> Launched on 3/6/1874, she sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to
> Quebec and Montreal on 29/7/1875. On 10/5/1878 she had an explosion in her
> bunkers at Moville, Ireland, followed by a fire. She was scuttled to
> extinguish the fire but subsequently refloated and repaired and resumed
> sailings between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal on 27/6/1878. In 1897 she
> was fitted with triple expansion engines by Wm.Denny, Dumbarton and one of
> her masts removed and on 19/6/1897 commenced her first voyage from Glasgow
> to Quebec and Montreal. On 16/12/1897 she started her first Glasgow - New
> York sailing and commenced her last voyage on this route on 20/12/1902. She
> started sailings between London - Quebec and Montreal, with 2nd and 3rd
> class passengers only on 20/5/1905 and on 31/7/1912 commenced Glasgow -
> Liverpool - Philadelphia sailings. Between 27/5/1914 and 7/12/1914 she ran
> between Glasgow and Boston and in 1917 went to Canadian Pacific Ocean
> Services together with the rest of the Allan Line fleet.
> On 20/9/1918 she commenced her first voyage for her new owners when she left
> London for Quebec and Montreal and on 24/11/1918 made her first voyage after
> the Armistice, from Glasgow to St John NB with cargo only. She commenced
> sailings between Avonmouth - Quebec and Montreal on 17/5/1919 and started
> her last voyage from Avonmouth to St John NB on 21/12/1919. She was sold on
> 8/12/1920 and became a hulk at Vigo. On 22/6/1938 she was towed to Bilbao
> and scrapped. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.01,p.314]
> At 10:02 20/03/00, Andy Clayton wrote:
> >Hello folks,
> >Trying to find out more information on the ship Sardinian.
> >I have found several web pages with mention of the ships name, but
> >comparing the data, they seem to be talking about different ships.
> >I'm interested in the Sardinian that sailed to Halifax, Nova Scotia
> >(From ?) in 1884, in particular William RIDSDALE who sailed on her.
> >Many thanks for any clues.
> >Andy Clayton.