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Doric I

Doric I was launched at Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard for the White Star Line on the 10th March, 1883, for the New Zealand trade. En route to London from Belfast, she picked up Thomas Ismay at Holyhead, who was travelling to London with some special guests. On the 26th July, Doric I began her maiden voyage between London, Cape Town and Wellington, under charter to the New Zealand Shipping Company. On the 27th August, a baby was born on board, called William Doric Jenkin!

In the July of 1885, Doric I was allocated to the joint Shaw Savill & Albion service.

In 1896, Doric I was chartered to the Occidental & Oriental Steam Ship Company, for the San Francisco, Yokohama and Hong Kong service.

On the 8th August, 1906, Doric I made her, and the White Star Line's, final voyage on charter to Occidental & Oriental Steam Ship Company, which was wound up in 1908. In November, Doric I was sold to Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, and renamed Asia.

In 1907, Asia was refitted, and she made her first voyage for the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company on the 11th June.

On the 23rd April, 1911, Asia was wrecked in fog, on Hea Chu Island, near Wenchow, South China. No lives were lost, and the survivors were taken off by China Navigation's ship Shaoshing, and taken to Shanghai. Asia was looted, and then gutted by fire.

 

 

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