Iron paddle steamer La Perlita built Bank Quay Foundry, Warrington 1853
140grt, 106 x 17.5 x 8.6 ft, 2 masts, schooner rig, registered Liverpool.
Owned Pacific Steam Navigation Co.
Voyage Liverpool to South America - where she would provide a coastal service to Buenaventura in Colombia and Panama [Pacific Coast].
Liverpool, June 11, entered for loading: La Perlita(steamer) to Madeira, Panama and Valparaiso
La Perlita, Captain Robert Maughan, left Falmouth 3 July 1853 for Panama
La Perlita left Rio Janeiro in August for Valparaiso and Panama, and was last seen near the Straits of Magellan on 2 September 1853
Vessel posted missing - and no sign of wreckage when searched for by company's steamer New Granada. [report in Toronto Globe 22-5-1854]
A small iron paddle steamer on her maiden voyage was going to have
a tough time crossing the Atlantic and rounding Cape Horn. So it proved.
The same year Bank Quay launched a much bigger iron vessel: Tayleur, launched in October 1853, with maiden voyage in January 1854 with, again, fatal consequences.