british Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. - P&O - P & O PSS Great Liverpool (+1846)
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nationality british
purpose transport
type passenger ship
propulsion paddle-steam
date built 1838
weight (tons) 1540  grt
dimensions 73.2 x 17.1 x 6.4 m
material wood
engine side lever engines
power 468  n.h.p.
speed 12  knots
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cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
date lost 24/02/1846  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.3rank: 665
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Humble & Milcrest
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. - P&O - P & O, London
captain Mcleod
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entered by Chipchase Nick
entered 09/10/2009
last update Allen Tony
last update 15/08/2012
Lettens Jan09/10/2009
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Siert Ingo15/08/2012There is no explanation 'till today where the ship hit a reef. In total 3 persons (a woman, her baby and the Indian nurse) drowned. Captain McLeod committed suicide after the disaster.
Quinteiro Nel17/01/2012The wreck is currently being studied to assess their chances of recovery and conservation in a future museum. Through the objects found are slowly knows the origin and the lives of their passengers. Archaeologists think that a large part of the structure is under the sand and that would be easy to remove. Conservation is another story ..
Quinteiro Nel19/02/2010wreckage were strewn around the beach in Güres village. The beach is located northwest of Cee- A Coruña. Currently protected by the Spanish ministry of culture. In the days of high tides can be found traces on the beach.
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Position between corcubión and Xallas river

Chipchase Nick09/10/2009P and O steamer wrecked off Cape Finisterre.
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Lettens Jan09/10/2009PSS GREAT LIVERPOOL

Owned by the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. and built in 1838 by Humble & Milcrest; 1,540 tons; 240x56x21 ft.; 468 n.h.p.; 12 knots; side lever engines.

The wooden paddle steamer Great Liverpool (Capt. MacLeod), was one of the ships purchased from the Atlantic trade by P&O to form its fleet. Her loss was one of a series of disasters for the P&O company.

In the night of February 24th, 1846, in dark and stormy weather, Great Liverpool struck on a reef, was holed, managed to steam away from it. Unfortunately the engines were shut down by the rising water. She then drifted and went ashore 1 1/Z mile from Corcubion (near Cap Finisterre).

The boats were launched and all were saved, except two women and a child who were drowned in their capsizing boat.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

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