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SS Alaska (1881)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Alaska.
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Guion's Alaska of 1881
Career
Name: SS Alaska
Operator: Guion Line
Builder: John Elder & Company, in Govan, Scotland
Launched: 15 July 1881
Fate: Broken up 1902
Notes: Renamed Magallanes in 1897
General characteristics
Class & type: Steam passenger ship
Tonnage: 6,932 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 520 ft (160 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Propulsion: Single screw - 16 knots

The Alaska was a record breaking British passenger liner that won the Blue Riband for the Guion Line as the fastest liner on the Atlantic in 1882.[1] She was a slightly larger and faster edition of Guion's Arizona and in 1883 became the first liner to make the crossing to New York in under a week. However, Alaska burned 250 tons of coal per day, as compared to Arizona's already high 135 tons. Built by John Elder & Company of Glasgow, she carried 350 first class passengers and 1,000 steerage.[2] As in the case of Arizona, Stephen Guion also personally owned Alaska.[3]

Alaska completed 100 voyages when Guion suspended sailings in 1894.[2] She proved difficult to sell and was finally chartered in 1897 by Cia.[1] Transatlanticia Espanola as a troop transport. In 1899, Alaska was sold for scrap, but was resold to the Barrow shipyard where she was used as an accommodiation hulk until broken up in 1902.[4][1]

References

Records
Preceded by
Germanic
Holder of the Blue Riband (Westbound)
1882 – 1884
Succeeded by
Oregon
Preceded by
Arizona
Atlantic Eastbound Record
1882 – 1884
Succeeded by
Oregon
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