Venetian
Ship Number
1
Vessel Type
Cargo Ship
Built
Belfast
Launch Date
30 Jul 1859
Delivered
14 August 1859
Owner
J. Bibby Sons & Co.
Weight
1508 grt
BP Length
Breadth
34 feet
No. of Screws
Single
Speed (approx)
8 knots
Propulsion
Steam 54" bore 39" stroke supplied by McNab and Co. of Greenock
Official No.
27936
Registered
Liverpool
I.M.O.
Fate
Wrecked
 Venetian

The first ship to be built at the yard. She was one of three ships built for chartering to P&O who were experiencing a boom following the completion of the railway from Alexandria to Port Suez which eliminated the camel trek across the desert.
 
Powered by a 2 cylinder engine she also had a lifting steel screw so that she could use her sails to the best advantage.
 
In 1872, lengthened to 270ft 4in and, at the same time, had a compound engine installed by J. Jack Rollo & Company of Liverpool. In the following year she was sold to Frederick Leyland & Company and five years later, in 1878, was chartered to Elder Dempster for their African services.
 
She was acquired in 1880 by the African Steam Ship Company who renamed her Landana for management by Elder Dempster and was re-engined and reboilered by G. Forrester & Company of Liverpool, a modernisation which increased her tonnage to 1568grt. In December 1885, outbound for West Africa, she collided with and sank a Mersey pilot cutter. She was acquired by E. Gerard of Valparaiso in 1891 who changed her name to Tarapaca and in 1894 she was re-registered to E. Gerard & B. Squella of Valparaiso.
 
In July 1894 she was wrecked on the coast of Chile after sailing from Valparaiso.