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Belgic I

Belgic I was one of two cargo vessels built for the J. Bibby Line at Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard, the other being her sister, Gaelic I, which were both purchased on the stocks by the White Star Line.

She was launched, as Belgic I, on the 14th January, 1873, and operated with Gaelic I on the South American routes.

Belgic I made the White Star Line's final steam powered sailing on the South American route, on the 17th December, 1873.

On the 30th May, 1874, Belgic I began to operate on the Liverpool to New York route, and then found herself on the London to New York run for four voyages. On the 20th July, she towed the disabled steamer Tornas into New York.

In the January of 1875, Belgic I operated on the Liverpool to New York service again, and on the 29th May, Belgic I was chartered, along with her sister Gaelic I, to the Occidental & Oriental Steamship Company, for their San Francisco, Japan and Hong Kong service.

In the year 1883, Belgic I and Gaelic I were both sold to the £30,000 each, to Cia de Nav, 'La Flecha', of Bilbao, and renamed Goefredo and Hugo respectively.

On the 27th January, 1884, Goefredo ran aground outside Santiago de Cuba. She was sent to Liverpool to be repaired, but was wrecked on her way on Burbo Bank, on the mouth of the River Mersey, Liverpool.

 

N.B. Image (top) source: TitanicWhiteStarShips (Gaelic I)

 

 

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