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Old 1st May 2019, 10:11
G.Gaskin G.Gaskin is offline  
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SS Stanley (War Office Dispatch Vessel)

I am looking for a photo of the vessel below:
She carried the 100-ton guns to Gibraltar & Malta during the 1880's.
I have searched the National Archives but they have no photo on record.

Name Official number Flag IMO
Year built Date launched Date completed
1880 27/05/1880
Vessel type Vessel description
Cargo Composite Screw Steamer
Builder Yard Yard no
Robert Napier & Sons, Govan East Yard 374

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
368 grt / 250 nrt / 160.8 ft 24.0 ft 12.6 ft
Engine builder Robert Napier & Sons, Govan
Engine detail
C2cyl 22"44"x26" 81nhp 365ihp 9kn 1-screw

First owner First port of register Registration date
Sir Ralph Thompson K.C.B., The War Office, London London 30/05/1882
Other names
1891 FLAMER - 29/5/1914 FISHERTON - 13/01/1917 SILBA
Subsequent owner and registration history
01/10/1891 The Admiralty, London. Register closed.
23/12/1913 John Alexander Steel, Ayr
14/03/1914: Registered at London as FLAMER.
10/11/1915 John Kelly Ltd. (Samuel Kelly, manager), Belfast.
30/09/1916 Tom W. Smyth, London.
01/02/1917 32/64 to the Silba Steamship Co. Ltd. (Tom W. Smyth, manager), London.
30/03/1920 Lawrence E. Gillett, London.

Vessel history
Iron/steel construction.
Stores carrier for War Department, and later for Admiralty.
Registered in 1882 when made first voyage to the Mediterranean.


End year Fate / Status
1921 Missing 05/12/1921

Disposal Detail
5/12/1921 departed from Seaham with coal for Lerwick, and subsequently disappeared.

08/02/1922 Register closed.

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Old 2nd May 2019, 10:52
wightspirit wightspirit is offline  
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Archive records for Napier's are held here:

Glasgow Museum of Transport. They seem to hold the majority of information. In enquiring with them, it might help you to quote Stanley's yard number - it was 374.
Glasgow University Archives. A very good repository for Scottish built vessels, they do hold some material from Napier's.

Dave W
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