The Caesarea which was launched in 1867 was the first of three vessels of this name to serve Channel Island routes. She was built for the London and South Western Railway Company. She was an iron single screw steamer built by Aitken and Mansell of Glasgow for the St Malo route and entered service on 22 March 1867 with Captain G Clements in command after achieving 13.43 knots in trials.
After calling in April 1867 she did not operate to Channel Island ports on a regular basis until she was re-engined seven years later. She then operated a winter service to St Malo and Granville. She ran for 17 years until a voyage to St Malo on 27 June 1884, when she collided with ss Strathesk in fog 12 miles off of Cape La Hague and sank.