Bruce (ship)

United Kingdom
  • British Shipowners Company (1866-1880)
  • Nourse Line (from 1880)
Builder: Aitken Mansell, Glasgow, Scotlamd
Launched: 1866
Acquired: 1880, Nourse Line
General characteristics
Class and type: Full-rigged ship, Barque
Tons burthen: 1,200 tons

Bruce was a 1,200-ton sailing ship built in 1866 by Aitken Mansell of Glasgow, Scotland. In 1880 the Nourse Line purchased her from the British Shipowners Company.

Indian indenture ship

On 21 May 1886, Bruce carried 458 Indian indentured labourers to Fiji. In 1889 she was re-rigged as a barque. On 3 January 1889, she carried Indian indentured labourers to Surinam in the West Indies.[1] On 17 November 1890 she arrived in Trinidad with 507 Indian indentured labourers. There were two deaths during the voyage. Bruce also took Indian indentured labourers to Guyana.[2]

Coal hulk in New York Harbor

On 18 February 1891, Bruce capsized in New York Harbor, was salvaged and used for coal storage.[3]

See also


Lubbock, Basil (1981). Coolie ships and oil sailors. Brown, Son & Ferguson. ISBN 0-85174-111-8. 

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