HUSKISSON (3) (1914 - 1934)
O.N. 115299. 127g. 11n. 92.0 x 20.2 x 10.7 feet.
C.2-cyl. (16" & 42½" x 27") by J. Cran & Company, Leith. 98nhp. 600ihp.
8.5.1902: Launched as SANDON by Dundee Shipbuilders Company Ltd., Dundee (Yard No. 138) for the Alexandra Towing Company Ltd.
6.1902: Completed by J. Cran & Company, Leith (Yard No. 44).
16.7.1902: Registered at Liverpool.
20.1.1906: Collided with the steamer SOBO (3,652g./1898) in the R. Mersey, capsized and sank with the loss of eight crew. Subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
1914: Collided with the steamer WICKLOW (1,174g./1895) off Sandon Dock and sank with loss of four crew, three saved. Subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
1914: Renamed HUSKISSON.
1934: Reported as sold to unspecified Arklow buyers.
1934: Sold to Captain Stephen Portus and renamed BALTIC for charter to J. H. Lamey. Name not registered.
1937: Sold to the Misses Adelaide & Amy Cooper, Belfast and renamed RIDGWAY.
1955: Sold to Aberdeen Steam Tug Company (A. W. B. Gill, manager), Aberdeen.
1960: Sold to Aberdeen Harbour Board, Aberdeen.
1962: Demolished by Van den Marel & den Korbe at Bruinisse, Holland.
This excellent view of the DORIC definitely gives the impression that she is sailing with the backdrop of Birkenhead clearly visible.
Just a thought, but I could well be incorrect.
The DORIC could well have moved down the Mersey from the enclosed docks further up the river and swung around with Birkenhead to her portside. In this view she is seen heading towards the Landing Stage to pick up her passengers prior to commencing her transatlantic crossing to New York, hence why she could be prematurely flying the "Blue Peter".
There doesn't appear to be any passengers visible on the open decks except for what looks like just crew which could well back up my thoughts.
IVictoria Tower, known as the Worker's Clock. The clock dates to the early 1880s. It was for giving ships a 'time check' before sailing to check the chronometer. It is at the Salisbury Dock at Vauxhall... and the ship is heading to the Landing Stage. She might have just finishing coaling at the buoys. (I believe she was coal fired).