Friday photo - Victoria

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Between 1834 and 1961, there were 23 Clyde-built ships which were given the name Victoria; nine of these were paddle steamers.

This is one of them.

I believe this is the 1886 Victoria, built by Blackwood and Gordon, of Paisley and Port Glasgow.

This Victoria went on fire on 17th September, 1893, while lying at the Broomielaw in Glasgow. The fire-brigade had to use two small ferryboats in fighting the fire, and a great deal of damage was done. The ship then spent a few years working on the Thames before returning to the Clyde, and was ultimately scrapped in 1900.

Of the eight other paddle steamers named Victoria: one has no location given; two were owned by the Alloa, Stirling & Kincardine Steamboat Company; one worked in Aberdeen and Newcastle, and later in Portugal; one sailed on Lake Lucerne; one worked in Australia, and later in Japan; one worked along the south coast of England; and one sailed the Channel crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe, and was wrecked in 1887 due to fog, with the loss of 19 lives.

And that's not mentioning the ships named Princess Victoria, Queen Victoria, or Royal Victoria...

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