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Name: ALFONSO XII
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 29/03/1888
Completed: 07/09/1888
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 209
Dimensions: 5063grt, 3268nrt, 4400dwt, 438.5 x 47.8 x 34.9ft
Engines: T3cyl (34, 55 & 90 x 60ins), 627nhp
Engines by: J Wigham Richardson & Co, Low Walker
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 15.3knots (trials)
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: n/a
History:
07/09/1888 Compania Transatlantica, Barcelona
04/07/1898 Wrecked
Comments: Accommodation for 150 x 1st, 50 x 2nd, 40 x 3rd & 800 troops with 150 crew
The largest passenger ship built on the river up that date
Contract Price 90988-15s-11d; Loss 15080-18s-7d
1896: During the Spanish American war she was used as a troop ship
Some 200,000 Spanish troops were sent to Cuba
07/07/1898: She tried to run the gauntlet of a USA naval blockade around Cuba
She was pursued and in her attempt to gain entry into Port Mariel, she ran aground.
She was subsequently shelled by the American forces and destroyed.


Above photo courtesy of Photoship