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Title United States Mail Steamer Indiana. Masts and Rigging
Date 1873
Document Type Ship Plan
Reference MDBH/1873-1
Library / Archive National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives & Library
Biographical Note / History The USS Indiana enjoyed a long career spanning 36 years. Launched on the 25 March 1873, her initial route was Philadelphia to Queensland to Liverpool. One of the highlights of Indiana's career was her participation in the world tour of United States President and civil war hero Ulysses S. Grant. The ship underwent a major refit in 1891, and in 1892 made a voyage to Russia with a cargo of grain for famine relief. She then continued her transatlantic Philadelphia to Liverpool crossings until 1897. At the start of the American gold rush in 1898 the SS Indiana was sold to the Empire Line for service on the route from Seattle to Nome in Alaska. However, at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, she was recommisioned as an American Navy ship. Post war, the Indiana was acquired by the Pacific Mail Steamship Company and was wrecked off Isla Santa Margarita, Mexico, in 1909.
Theme(s) Ships and Shipping Lines
Country (from) United States of America
Country (to) Great Britain; Russia
Ports Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Liverpool, England
Ships USMS Indiana
Scale Original plan: 80 x 42cm
Shipping Company American Line
Shipwright William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia; Charles Howson & Company, Liverpool
Dimensions 343 ft long; 3,104 tons; 43 ft beam; depth of gold: 32 ft 2 in; 967 passenger capacity – 46 first class, 132 second class, 789 steerage
Keywords shipping, American Line, gold rush, Empire Line, food, emigration, Pacific Mail Steamship Company, shipwreck
Additional Information The SS Indiana was one of a series of four iron ships along with the Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. They were the largest ever built in the United States at the time of their construction.
Language English
Copyright National Museums Liverpool: Maritime Archives & Library