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Vingorla p1
Ship data
flag United KingdomUnited Kingdom (trade flag) United Kingdom
Ship type Passenger ship
home port London
Owner British India Steam Navigation Company
Shipyard Caird & Company , Greenock
Build number 196
Launch August 24, 1875
Whereabouts Sunk February 28, 1879
Ship dimensions and crew
61.26 m ( Lüa )
width 7.65 m
Draft Max. 4.36 m
measurement 578 GRT
Machine system
machine Composite steam engines
10 kn (19 km / h)
propeller 1
Register number: 73778

The Vingorla was a 1875 posed in service passenger ship of the British shipping company British India Steam Navigation Company . She sank on February 28, 1879 west of Bombay due to a leak in the hull . 68 people died.

The ship

The 578 GRT steamship Vingorla was built at the Caird & Company shipyard in the western Scottish port city of Greenock and was launched on the Clyde on August 24, 1875 . The ship was completed on September 10, 1875 .

The iron- built schooner was 61.26 meters long, 7.65 meters wide and had a maximum draft of 4.36 meters. The Vingorla was a passenger and cargo ship of the shipping company British India Steam Navigation Company, in addition to the load 20 passengers in the First and transport in the Second Class eight could. The compound steam engines accelerated the steamer to ten knots (18.5 km / h).


On Friday, February 28, 1879, the Vingorla set off with passengers, crew and cargo in Bombay under the command of Captain JW Stuart for a trip to Karachi . Around 9:30 p.m. the ship was steaming through calm seas at eight knots, sails set. About 70 nautical miles northwest of Bombay, the Vingorla developed a trim to the bow . It was discovered that the ship leaked and water was seeping into the hold of the ship.

The crew tried to save the ship by throwing the cargo overboard. The sails were hauled in and the engines stopped. The passengers were woken up and asked to come on deck. Three lifeboats were safely lowered into the water before the ship sank. Another boat was stormed by the passengers and broke in the davits .

The 95 occupants in the lifeboats searched for survivors until about 4 a.m. and were finally rescued by the steamer Malda , which belonged to the same shipping company. 68 people were killed in the fall. The investigative commission that investigated the accident could not find out the cause of the leak. She attributed the high number of fatalities to the fact that there were too few lifeboats, even though there were enough boats under the then applicable law.

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