Wooden paddle steamer Victoria built Connell, Belfast 1837, 205 tons(bm), 370
tons(reg), 155 x 22ft, registered Belfast.
Engines 220hp by Coates & Young, Lagan Foundry, Belfast
First Owner: County Down and Liverpool Steam-boat Co.
Owned from 1839 by Coates & Young and sailing between Belfast and Fleetwood.
Voyage Fleetwood to Belfast, aground 9th February 1842 in fog near Maughold Head (Isle of Man)
Refloated, leaking, so beached at Port Mooar, nearby [54°17.33N, 4°19.34W]
Captain George McKibbin, crew and passengers all got ashore safely
Some cargo (linen, cotton, woollen goods) saved, vessel broke up in strengthening wind.
Victoria was ordered by the County Down Steam-boat Co. which pioneered steam communication from Downpatrick (Quoile Quay, off Strangford Lough), Killyleagh and Ardglass to Liverpool 1837-9. This proved not to be a financial success and she was moved to the Newry[Warrenpoint] - Liverpool route. She was taken to Belfast in August 1840 for substantial repairs. Thereafter, from February 1841, she traded mainly between Belfast and Fleetwood. The railway had reached Fleetwood in 1840, so this made it a promising ferry port.
From Belfast Commercial Chronicle - Wednesday 27 September 1837
IMPROVED STEAM-BOAT INTERCOURSE BETWEEN LIVERPOOL and the NORTH of IRELAND
THE COUNTY OF DOWN and LIVERPOOL STEAM-BOAT COMPANY'S New and Powerful Steam-Packet,
VICTORIA, (370 Tons Register, 220 Horse Power,)
WILLIAM ABERDEEN. Commander,
Will make her first trip to LIVERPOOL, from QUOIL QUAY, DOWNPATRICK, with Goods and Passengers, on Saturday Morning, 30th Sept, inst. at Twelve o'clock, calling at KILLILEAGH and PORTAFERRY, leaving the latter at Five o'clock P.M. She will leave Liverpool on MONDAY Evening, for ARDGLASS & KILLOUGH, whence she will again Sail for LIVERPOOL, on Tuesday Evening at Five o'clock; and back to LOUGH STRANGFORD on THURSDAY; and will continue to ply till further notice - leaving QUOIL RIVER, and intermediate Ports, every SATURDAY and ARDGLASS, etc. on TUESDAYS.
From Northern Whig - Tuesday 15 February 1842
Wreck of the Steamer Victoria, of Belfast. It is with much regret we have announce the loss of this fine and powerful steam-vessel - one of the swiftest and most elegantly finished steamers belonging our port. She has lately been plying on the station between Fleetwood-on-Wyre and Belfast, and made some of the quickest passages across the Channel which are on record. She left Fleetwood on Tuesday night last, with passengers and a general cargo. The wind was not blowing very strong, but the weather was unusually hazy, rendering it impossible for those on board the Victoria to distinguish lights, even at very short distance. The steamer had sailed with slackened speed, and the strictest caution was used by Captain M'Kibbin, and the officers and crew; but, the fog still continuing to thicken, they reached the Northern shore of the Isle of Man before they were aware of their nearness to it; the first intimation being the shock occasioned by the steamer's striking on a ledge of rocks, near Margold [Maughold] Head, off Ramsey Bay. This occurred about three clock on Wednesday morning. The engines, we are informed, were immediately reversed; and, the vessel was soon backed off; but, it being found, that she made so much water that her pumps could not keep her free, the hope of carrying her into Ramsay was reluctantly abandoned, and she was run ashore, to preserve the lives of the crew and passengers, who, it is gratifying to state, were all landed, without accident. A strong breeze set in, on Wednesday; and is to feared, from the point from which it blew, and from the weather since having been stormy, that the steamer has broken up; in which case, little, if any, of the cargo or materials would saved.
The Victoria was a vessel of exclusively Irish manufacture. She was built by Messrs. Connell & Sons; her engines, boilers etc., were made by the late owners. Messrs. Coates & Young, of the Lagan Foundry; and her fittings up, decorations, etc., were the work of Belfast mechanics and artists. She registered 204 tons, builders' measurement, and her engines were upwards 200 horses' power. She had only been plying for few years, and lately underwent a most complete repair, in hull and machinery. She was constructed at the instance of the County of Down Steam-boat Company, with a view to open up a steam communication between Strangford, Killileagh, Ardglass, and other County of Down ports, and Liverpool. After plying on that station, for a time, the speculation had a different issue from that anticipated; and the Victoria was placed on the station between Warrenpoint and Liverpool. She was ably commanded, from the first - Captain Aberdeen, who originally sailed her, and who had superintended her building, having been a first-rate seaman; and Captain M'Kibbin, who succeeded him, after the unfortunate accident which caused his death, being a gentleman of extensive nautical knowledge and experience. We are glad to learn, that the Victoria was fully insured.
Liverpool Standard and General Commercial Advertiser - Tuesday 15 February 1842
STEAMER ASHORE. We regret to have to record in our "chapter of accidents," the disastrous intelligence of the Victoria steamer, M'Kibbin, commander, which runs between Fleetwood and Belfast, while on her passage to the latter port, unfortunately got on the rocks north of the island, at a place called Port Woar[Mooar], situate between Manghold[Maughold] Head and Cornah[Cornaa], about three o'clock on Wednesday morning, owing to the dense fog which prevailed. The passengers and crew easily effected a safe landing, but most of the cargo, which consisted chiefly of bale goods, and valued £15,000, we are afraid, will be irrecoverably lost. We are sorry to say the vessel still lies on the rocks with her keel and bottom out, and at the time we write, slender hopes are entertained of saving her from going to pieces, owing to the tempestuous southerly wind. The wrecked steamer belongs to a company at Belfast; was considered a fast-sailer, and was in excellent condition, £12,000 having been expended upon her only last year in repairs. The passengers and crew, excepting the captain and mate, left for Liverpool, by the Queen of the Isle on Wednesday night. Since writing the above, we have heard that the Victoria has gone to pieces, but not before a considerable portion of the cargo was saved. Upwards of thirty persons have been employed since the accident, in landing goods at ebb tide, and in breaking up the vessel, and securing every portion that could possibly be saved. - Manx Liberal
From Northern Whig - Saturday 19 March 1842: a court case on the Isle of Man against a man and his wife alleged to have removed items from the wreck. They were fined £10.
At a sale on the wreck site on 3rd March 1842, her engines and boilers were sold, together with other materials from the wreck.
From Belfast Commercial Chronicle - Wednesday 08 June 1842
To be SOLD by AUCTION, at the MART, 7 CASTLE-PLACE, THURSDAY next, 9th June, at ONE o'clock,
A QUANTITY of LINEN, COTTON, WOOLLEN, and other Goods, wrecked at the Isle of Man, by the steamer Victoria, on her voyage from Fleetwood to this Port. Terms, Cash - Purchasers to pay the Duty. GEO. C. HYNDMAN, Auctioneer. Belfast, 7th June, 1842.