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Name: ESPRESSO
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 27/09/1870
Completed: 17/02/1871
Builder: J Wigham Richardson & Co
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 67
Dimensions: 1935grt, 1316nrt, 798dwt, 298.9 x 35.5 x 19.4ft; (1884: 2009grt, 1287nrt)
Engines: 2cyl (29 & 29 x 33ins) & 2cyl (56 & 56 x 33ins), 300nhp;
(1884: C2cyl (37 & 74 x 48ins), 461nhp)
Engines by: R &W Hawthorn & Co Ltd, Newcastle; (1884: Wigham Richardson & Co, Newcastle)
Propulsion: 1 x Screw; 13.6knots (trials)
Construction: Iron
Reg Number: n/a
History:
17/02/1871 Captain GB Lavarello, Genoa
1871 Company registered as GB Lavarello & Co; renamed COLOMBO
1883 M Bruzzo & Co, Genoa
02/1884 La Veloce, Genoa; renamed NAPOLI
05/12/1893 Sank
Comments Contract Price 43,900; Profit 2071-0s-0d
34 x 1st class, 900 x emigrant class passengers
23/02/1871: Genoa - Marseilles - Cadiz - Tenerife (for bunkers) - Montevideo - Buenos Aires, making the whole voyage in about 30 days
1881: GB Lavarello & Co failed after the wreck of another ship in the fleet
1883: M Bruzzo was one of the liquidators of the company and took over three ships of the fleet, including COLOMBO
03/08/1883: Sailed on her first voyage for the new owners to South America
02/1884: Returned to the Tyne for engine modifications, due to high fuel bills
Re-engined by Wigham Richardson & Co
02/1884: The owners got into financial difficulties, due to other acquisitions, and was forced to go into partnership under the banner of La Veloce, Genoa
05/12/1893: Abandoned off the Brazilian coast.