SS Astoria
SS Astoria
SS Astoria -- Official Anchor Line Card
Built: 1885, William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton
Funnels: 2   Masts: 2
Tonnage: 5,050
Dimensions:  440 x 46 ft.
Engines: Triple Expansion
Single Screw; 
Hull: Iron
Passengers: 95-1st Class, 52-2nd Class, 200-Emigrant
Crew: Not Listed
The Astoria was originally built and launched as the Tainui for the Shaw, Savill Line. She was the sister ship of the Arawa and these two vessels were among the most beautiful ships of the steam-sail period, probably only exceeded by Inman's the City of Rome. Although they were rigged they probably did not use sail. The Tainui had an elegant clipper bow. In 1895 the Tainui was chartered by the Spanish Government to move troops to Cuba under the name of the Covadonga. In 1899 she was chartered to the Allan Line for the Canadian Service, following with Shaw, Savill sold her to the Anchor Line in November 1899. They had her refitted and re-engined and put her to work on their Glasgow to New York service with the name Astoria. She was broken up in 1910.
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