An iron fullrigged ship built in 1873 by Robert Steele & Co., Greenock. Dimensions: 262'2"×39'7"×23'5" and tonnage: 1859 GRT, 1777 NRT and 1574 tons under deck. Equipped with two decks and the forecastle was 40' long and the poop 74'. Sister ship to the same owner's [?] ship Aurora. Originally rigged with skysails.

1873 November
Launched at the shipyard of Robert Steele & Co., Greenock, for the Orient Line (Anderson, Anderson & Co.), Aberdeen. Assigned the official British Reg. No. 68500 and signal MNDL. Employed in the Australian trade.
1873-1875 November
In command of Captain John Legoe.
In command of Captain Wm. Cummings.
Sailed from London to Adelaide in 80 days.
In command of Captain T.R. Harry.
In command of Captain Cook[e].
Sold to Devitt & Moore, London, to be used as a sail training ship.
In command of Captain J.H. Barrett late of the same owner's ship Rodney.
1890 October 1
Sailed from London to Sydney in 91 days.
1891 September 11 - December 8
Sailed from London to Sydney in 88 days.
Sailed from Sydney to London in 86 days. This was her first voyage home by way of Cape Horn.
1892 October 11 - December 23
Sailed from London to Sydney in 73 days from Lizard Point.
1893 September 11 - December 29
Sailed from London to Hobson's Bay, 72 days from the Lizard Point. On December 10 the Hesperus logged 358 miles.
In command of Captain Charles Maitland late of the same owner's ship Harbinger.
Sold to Russian owners in Odessa for £ 9000 and was renamed Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna.
Refitted by Swan and Hunter, Wallsend.
Sold to London Steamship and Trading Corporation and was renamed Silvana.
Broken up at Genoa.


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