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Hindostan (1)

Hindostan (1)

The British pass/cargo wooden paddle steamer HINDOSTAN (1), barquentine rigged/ 72m/ 2.019gt/ 10kn/ 152 pax + 56 servants; 08/09/1842 completed by Thomas Wilson & Co. for Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., London, for its mail service Calcutta, Madras, Ceylon, Aden and Suez; She was a beautiful vessel and far in advance of any other steam vessel afloat of that time. Her bows were adorned with the traditional figurehead. 24/09/1842 sailed for her maiden voyage from Southampton. She was given a tremendous send-off, for every ship in the port and roadstead was dressed with flags, and the warships manned their yards as she passed. She sailed via Gibraltar, St Vincent and Ascension to Cape Town, before arriving in Cape Town, she ran out of coal and made a call at St Helena Bay and a message was sent overland to arrange coal. A local schooner was sent out with coal to her assistance. 15/11/1842 she arrived at Cape Town. After sailing from Cape Town she made calls at Mauritius and Point de Galle, Ceylon before arriving in Calcutta. Then used in the regular mail service between Calcutta/Suez. She was not always used in this service she visited at least two times the UK in her lifetime; 16/06/1849 she was visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Osborne in the Solent, Isle of Wight; She was one time used as troopship when she took home some troops of the 10th Hussars after the Crimea War (1853-1856) back to Portsmouth from the Crimea; 06/1862 reduced to a hulk at Calcutta and employed as a store and receiving ship at that port; 06/10/1864 during a cyclone at Calcutta when nearly 200 vessels were driven ashore, the HINDOSTAN was destroyed. Sister ship BENTINCK.
Seen leaving Southampton, 1843, to open Indian mail service
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