Rosalind (1879 ship)


OwnerCF Jackson & Co, Newcastle
BuilderTyne Iron Shipbuilding Co, Willington Quay
Yard number18
Launched21 June 1879
Christened21 June 1879
CompletedAugust 1879
Out of service21 May 1918
FateSunk by mine off the coast of Sweden
General characteristics
TypeCargo ship
Length220 ft 0 in (67.06 m)
Beam30 ft 7 in (9.32 m)
Depth15 ft 0 in (4.57 m)
PropulsionTwo cylinder compound, 98 hp (73 kW), single propeller
Sail planSchooner
Speed9 kn (17 km/h)

SS Rosalind was a cargo ship built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding of Willington Quay and launched in 1879. She operated as a cargo carrier based at Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1907, she was sold to a Swedish operator named N P Shensson and sailed the Baltic Sea until May 1918 when she was sunk by a mine.


Rosalind was built by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding of Willington Quay on the north bank of the River Tyne, and launched in 1879.[1] She was an steam powered cargo ship with a schooner sailing rig, of 705.28 Gross register tonnage and of 608.84 net register tonnage.[2] Her power plant was a two cylinder compound engine capable of producing 98 hp (73 kW).[3] The ship was designed to sail on international waters, and is known to have run between Middlesbrough and Bilbao and Copenhagen and Söderhamn.[4][2] Crew was typically 17, led by a master. Full speed was 9 knots (17 km/h; 10 mph).[2] The ship operated with International Signal Code SPVN.[5]


The vessel was initially operated by C F Jackson and Co until 1884. She was then transferred to A P Harrison & Co.[3] The company subsequently created Rosalind Steamship Co in 1898, and then handed her to Austin Eliot & Co in 1905.[6] In 1907, Rosalind was sold to the Swedish company N P Shensson of Helsingborg, who subsequently sold the ship to Rederi AB Valla (Otto Hillerström) in 1915.[4] The Rosalind Steamship Company was wound up on 9 January 1908 soon after the sale.[7] The ship operated as part of Sweden’s mercantile fleet during World War I.


Rosalind was carrying ballast from Copenhagen to Söderhamn on 21 May 1918 when she struck a mine 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Stockholm and sank.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Rosalind". Shipping & Mercantile Gazette. 24 June 1879. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c No. 920 "Rosalind" (SS) (PDF). 1881. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lloyd's Register of British and Foreign Shipping. London: Whitman and Sons. 1883. p. 681. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Rosalind 1879". Tyne Built Ships. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Mercantile Navy List". 1880. p. 112. Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  6. ^ BT 110/199/30 Ship Rosalind, official number: 80548. When built: 1879. Registry closed: 1907. The National Archives. 1907.
  7. ^ "In the Matter of the Companies Acts, 1862 to 1900, and of the ROSALIND STEAMSHIP COMPANY Limited" (PDF). The London Gazette: 366. 14 January 1908. Retrieved 1 October 2018.