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SS COLUMBIAN off Cape Howe

Date: 1855
Overall: 594 x 750 x 45 mm, 4.4 kg
Medium: Watercolour on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00004617
Place Manufactured:Howe, cape

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    Broadside view of the SS COLUMBIAN, built in 1855 in Glasgow. It was an early steamship on the England to Australia run.
    SignificanceThis ship portrait highlights the migration of people to Australia and commercial maritime trade during the mid-19th century.
    HistorySS COLUMBIAN was an iron screw steamer of 2,283 tons built for Robert Henderson & Co (to be renamed the European & Australian Royal Mail Co in 1856) and, following completion, was rented by the French Government for use in the Crimean War.

    In 1856 COLUMBIAN returned to the European & Australian Royal Mail Co and made her first voyage from England to Australia via Point de Galle. In 1859 she was purchased by P&O and made her last trip to Australia the following year. COLUMBIAN was sold again in 1864 and the new owners installed a new engine and machinery and refit her as a cargo ship. P&O subsequently re-purchased the ship in 1866 for use as a cargo vessel. COLUMBIAN was sold to an Indian company in 1877 and was scrapped in 1886.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: SS COLUMBIAN off Cape Howe

    Primary title: SS "COLUMBIAN" OFF CAPE HOWE

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