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An 1867 drawing by Ouless of the first Caesarea

The Caesarea which was launched in 1867 was the first of three vessels of this name to serve Channel Island routes. She sank in 1884 after a collision with a poato boat in the English Channel

Caesarea moored on the Victoria Pier in St Helier

Caesarea 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 on 27 June 1884, when she collided with ss Strathesk in fog 12 miles off of Cap de La Hague and sank.


28 June 1884: [1]

The London and South Western Railway Company's steamer Caesarea has sunk. She was in collision with the Strathesk off Cap de La Hague.

The Strathesk departed Jersey for Littlehampton yesterday and at 2 o'clock this morning ran into the Caesarea in a dense fog. Caesarea was travelling to the Islands from Southampton. The Caesarea sank immediately.

All but one of the 11 passengers aboard the Caesarea were saved, but a Frenchman who was asleep at the time died. The 23 crew were all rescued.

Strathesk - A potato boat which was also carrying four passengers - was badly damaged, and only her bulkhead saved her. She continued her journey diverting to Southampton to drop off the passengers and crew of the ill fated Caesarea.


Notes and references

  1. From Facebook group Maritime Jersey, by Mark Pulley
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