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SS Parisian (1880-1914)

The Parisian was the first large steamer of the Allan Line. She was the first to have bilge keels to dampen the rolling, thus reducing seasickness. Used on the Liverpool to Canada and the USA service. She was built for the Allan Line by R Napier and Sons, of Glasgow, the first North Atlantic mail steamer built of steel; 5,359 tons; 134,34 x 14,08 meters (440.8 x 46.2 feet; length x beam); straight bow; 2 funnels; 4 masts; screw propulsion; service speed 14 knots;

Launched on 4 November 1880, The Parisian was one of the largest liners of the day and was the biggest yet built for the North Atlantic Mail run. In 1902, she was equipped with the first Marconi wireless telegraphy.

Titanic Disaster, 1912: It was first hoped that the Parisian had picked up some survivors when searching in the vicinity of the disaster, but she arrived at Halifax April 17th with the disappointing news that she had not.

Home Children: She also carried probably thousands of "Home Children" to Canada for a new life. Amongst them was Ada Florence Bradshaw.
(Photo c.1899)

Owner/SourcePhoto Courtesy of Great Ships.
DateAdded 18 Jan 2009
Linked toAda Florence Bradshaw (Emigration)

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