british Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines) RMS Rhone [+1867]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion sail and steam
date built 1865
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 2738  grt
dimensions 94.5 x 12.2 x -- m
material iron
engine Steam compound engine, single shaft, 1 screw, 2 masts
power 500  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons hurricane
date lost 29/10/1867  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.123rank: 507
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builder
Millwall Ironworks, London
owner
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London
captain Robert F. Woooley
about the wreck
depth (m.) 26 max. / -- min. (m)
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war grave
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entered 28/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 06/08/2013
 
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Allen Tony01/04/2010The RMS Rhone was a royal mail steam packet ship that transported cargo between England, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. She was one of the first iron hulled ships, powered by both sail and steam. Built in 1865 at the Millwall Ironworks on the Isle of Dogs, London, she measured in at 310 feet (94 m) long and had two masts with a 40-foot (12 m) beam. Her propeller was the second bronze propeller ever built, and she was one of two ships deemed unsinkable by the British Royal Navy.She was caught in a hurricane, the winds shifted to the opposite direction and the Rhone was thrown directly into Black Rock Point....

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About Owners
 
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London

Founded as the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1839. Services between the UK and the Caribbean and Central America and North America.

Purchased the White Star Line in 1927.

In 1932, changed name to Royal Mail Line and re-organisation after scandal and losses.

In 1965 RML was purchased by Furness, Withy & Co.

Lloyd's reference: 1188.


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About Builders
 Millwall Ironworks, London
Also owned at one time by Scott Russell and Co.( 1848 - 1861 ). The Great Eastern was built here.
 
 
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Allen Tony01/04/2010The RMS Rhone was a royal mail steam packet ship that transported cargo between England, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. She was one of the first iron hulled ships, powered by both sail and steam. Built in 1865 at the Millwall Ironworks on the Isle of Dogs, London, she measured in at 310 feet (94 m) long and had two masts with a 40-foot (12 m) beam. Her propeller was the second bronze propeller ever built, and she was one of two ships deemed unsinkable by the British Royal Navy.She was caught in a hurricane, the winds shifted to the opposite direction and the Rhone was thrown directly into Black Rock Point.

It is said that the initial lurch of the crash sent Captain Wooley overboard, never to be seen again. Local legend says that his teaspoon can still be seen lodged into the wreck itself. Whether or not it is his, a teaspoon is clearly visible entrenched in the wreck´s coral. The ship split in two and cold sea water made contact with the red hot boilers which had been running at full steam, causing them to explode.The ship sank swiftly, the bow section in eighty feet of water, the stern in thirty. Of the original 146 aboard, plus an unknown number of passengers transferred from the Conway, only 23 people (all crew) survived the wreck.

The bodies of many of the sailors were buried in a nearby cemetery on Salt Island. Due to her mast sticking out of the water, and her shallow depth, she was deemed a hazard by the Royal Navy in the 1950s and her stern section was blown apart. Now, the Rhone is a popular dive site, and the area around her was turned into a nation al park in 1967.
 
 
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