Iron screw steamer Mazeppa, built A Denny, Dumbarton, 1845
3-masts, schooner, 271 grt, 210 nrt, 121.5 x 20.2 x 13 ft, registered Glasgow
Engines by Caird: 2 cyl, 40nhp, screw
Voyage Glasgow to Liverpool 21 February 1847
Struck rock near Port Logan, Mull of Galloway and sank, becoming a total loss; all aboard saved
Captain James Davie/Davis/Davies
In late 1846 a new type of steamship was advertised at Liverpool. Mazeppa was an iron screw schooner intended to take goods but not passengers. She had more compact, and less powerful, engines to maximise carrying capacity. She was thus slower (7 knots reported) which was acceptable for carrying goods. Her initial voyage was from Liverpool to London (arriving London 13 Oct, arriving Liverpool 2 Nov)
In early 1847, she was advertised as providing a weekly Glasgow (and Greenock) service from Liverpool, starting on 27 January. She seems to have made the run on Wednesday 27 January and 10 February. Her last return run from Glasgow departed on 21 February - and she was wrecked.
From Liverpool Mail - Saturday 26 September 1846
The Screw Steamer MAZEPPA - A beautiful little three-masted screw schooner is now lying in the Trafalgar Dock, and is well worthy a visit from all who are admirers of naval architecture. She is called The Mazeppa, of Dumbarton and was built at the latter place by Denny Brothers, and is as fine a model as has appeared in the Clyde or the Mersey. Her length is 130 feet with forerake, depth of hold 13 feet, and beam 21 feet. Her appearance externally is most finished, not a sign of a bolt or bar being discoverable on the closest inspection, and she looks very elegant and rakish upon the water. The figure-head is a large and spirited representation of Mazeppa bound to the wild horse of the Ukraine, and the stern carvings also are very handsome. Her measurement, for cargo, is 211 tons, and, with the engine-room, 270. The engines, which are exceedingly compact, were put in by Caird and Co., of Greenock, and the apartment in which they are placed is exceedingly well ventilated. They are each of 20 horses power. The material of which she is constructed is wholly iron, with the exception of the decks, and she has four iron bulkheads, which make five water-tight compartments. There is a winch to each hold, so that, one hold having been cleared, she may load and unload at the same time if necessary for expedition. Each hold has also a pump attached, which is worked by the engine, and there is another attached to the engine-room. The cabin and sleeping berths are commodious and airy. Captain Davis, her commander, informs us that she will steam 9 knots an hour in ballast, or 7 with 300 tons on board, and that with the latter she is only 11 feet in the water. In her passage hither from Glasgow she consumed only 64 tons of coal, though she had a stoppage of 6 hours at the mouth of the river. She is the sister vessel to the Waterwich, a celebrated trader between Limerick and London, and is intended to ply between the latter port and Liverpool, if sufficiently encouraged by our merchants.
From Liverpool Mercury - Friday 22 January 1847
A regular Trader, with Goods only. For GREENOCK and GLASGOW. The
splendid new Screw Steamer MAZEPPA. 270 tons register, James Davie Commander, is intended to
be despatched from Trafalgar Dock every Wednesday.
Wednesday, 27th inst. at six o'clock, Morning. The Mazeppa will leave Glasgow on every Saturday. Shippers will find this an expeditious conveyance for Goods, at a moderate rate.
From Liverpool Mail - Saturday 27 February 1847
Stranraer, Feb. 21 Mazeppa, iron screw steamer, Glasgow to Liverpool, got
on shore between Barncorkrie Bay, and Drumann[sic] Head, (Mull of Galloway.)
last night; assistance will be sent to her from Portpatrick.
[location near Crammag Head which is south of Barncorkrie Bay and north of Dunman Fort; position also stated as near Stockmill Farm - which is on Crammag Head]
From Glasgow Herald - Monday 01 March 1847
SCOTLAND. On Sunday evening last [21 February 1847], the fine new screw steamer Mazeppa, of Glasgow, on her voyage from Glasgow, to Liverpool, struck on a rock at Dunman Head, to the south of Port Logan, and sunk in deep water. The crew and passengers were saved, but the vessel is a total wreck.