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Name: ALTON TOWER
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 09/11/1878
Completed: 05/02/1879
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 111
Dimensions: 1964grt, 1290nrt, 2900dwt, 285.0 x 35.0 x 25.6ft
Engines: C2cyl (32 & 62 x 48ins), 225hp
Engines by: J Shaw & Co
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 10.0knots (trials)
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: 78835
History:
05/02/1879 Stumore & Co, Liverpool
19/10/1879 Wrecked
Comments: Contract Price 22225; Profit 2452-11s-1d
Lost near Lydd Coastguard Station, when en route Madras - Le Havre London
Her Master was found to be at fault, for mistaking Dungeness Light for a ships light and neglecting to use the lead