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The Steam Ship "Edina"-a folk story.

In June 2004 an article appeared in the Geelong Addy about several mahogany panels found in an Breakwater Wool Scouring Shed. The owner did not know how they came to be there and no one came forward. Some of the panels including a wash stand went to the Queenscliff Maritime Museum, three went to the Portarlington Mill.

Records of her early adventures and original plans were destroyed in a fire at the shipyards. Lloyds shipping records show that she was built of Low Moor iron which enabled her to cut through water and often collide with other vessels.

. Mr James Scott writes:

“I was the purser on board whistle she was engaged in the English transport service. I state that the Edina was employed from March 1855 till the end of July 1856. Leaving the Thames will a full cargo of clothing, musketry, ammunition for Scutari and the Crimea. The Edina was afterwards employed, not only in conveying stores and passengers between Constantinople and Balaclava and in other work to various places in the Black Sea-Ketch, (Ukraine) but was also sent on a mission to the Levant where arrangements were made for the enlistment of natives of the Syrian Coast for service as Muleteers in the Crimea, a number of whom she carried to Constantinople on her return, and who were transhipped there for the Crimea. “

Her last services were to convey to Malta from Constantinople about 200 men of the 71st Highlanders, and at Malta she received a board detachment of the 93rd Highlanders, 31st regiment and Land Transport Corps in all 216 men women and children arrived in Portsmouth on 26 July 1856.

Crimea, etc

Famous passenger…Florence Nightingale?

Travelled to Germany and Spain transporting citrus fruit back to England