List of ship launches in 1855

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The list of ship launches in 1855 includes a chronological list of some ships launched in 1855.

Date Country Builder Location Ship Class / type Notes
6 January  United Kingdom George Kelson Stothert & Co. Bristol Meander Passenger ship For James Moss & Co.
27 January  United States Jacob Aaron Westervelt New York City Arago Paddle steamer For New York and Havre Steam Navigation Company.
January  United States Donald McKay East Boston, Massachusetts Great Republic Extreme clipper Relaunched, having caught fire December 27, 1853, shortly after first launch.[1]
3 February  United States New York Navy Yard New York City Sabine Brandywine-class frigate For United States Navy.
16 February  United States Portsmouth Navy Yard Portsmouth, New Hampshire Santee Frigate For United States Navy
17 February  France Brest Arsenal Brest Bretagne Ship of the Line For French Navy.
23 February  United States New York Navy Yard New York City Niagara Steam frigate For United States Navy.
27 February  United Kingdom Pembroke Dockyard Pembroke Repulse Agamemnon-class ship of the line For Royal Navy.
7 March  United Kingdom J & R White West Cowes Grinder Dapper-class gunboat For Royal Navy.
March  France Toulon Naval Yard Toulon Algésiras Algésiras-class ship of the line For French Navy.
March  United States Irons & Grinell Mystic, Connecticut Andrew Jackson Clipper For J. H. Brower & Co.
March  United Kingdom Watson & Allsop Liverpool Lady Lindsay Steamship For Rawcliffe, Pease, Whitehead and Moore & Sons.[3]
2 April  United Kingdom C. J. Mare Blackwall Urgent Troopship For Royal Navy
3 April United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland New South Wales Cuthberts Shipyard Port Jackson Spitfire Gunboat For Colony of New South Wales.
5 April  United Kingdom Scott & Co. Greenock Madagascar Steamship For J. Rennie & Co.[4]
17 April  United Kingdom Pembroke Dock Pembroke HMS Sutlej Constance-class frigate For Royal Navy.
25 April  United States Hayden & Cudworth Medford, Massachusetts Thatcher Magoun Extreme clipper For Thatcher Magoun.
2 May  United Kingdom Devonport Dockyard Devonport Conqueror Conqueror-class ship of the line For Royal Navy.
3 May  United Kingdom Tod & McGregor Glasgow Ava Passenger ship For Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
20 May  France Toulon Naval Yard Toulon Arcole Algésiras-class ship of the line For French Navy.
31 May  United Kingdom Samuda Brothers Cubitt Town Alhambra Steamship For Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
5 June  France Lorient Naval Yard Lorient Lave Dévastation-class ironclad floating battery For French Navy.
10 June  France Toulon Naval Yard Toulon Flèche Étincelle-class gunboat For French Navy
15 June  United States Boston Navy Yard Boston, Massachusetts Merrimack Steam frigate For United States Navy.
26 June  United Kingdom William Pitcher Northfleet Esmeralda Corvette For Chilean Navy.
30 June  United Kingdom London Victoria Sloop of War For Colony of Victoria
16 July  United Kingdom James Laing Sunderland La Hogue Full-rigged ship For Duncan Dunbar.
31 July  United Kingdom River Dee Royal Charter Steamship Sank on being launched. Later refloated.[6]
24 August  Prussia Lübke Wolgast Frauenlob Schooner For Prussian Navy.
12 September  United Kingdom Chesapeake Forte-class frigate For Royal Navy.
13 September  United Kingdom Woolwich Dockyard Woolwich Pearl Pearl-class corvette For Royal Navy.
17 September  Russia New Admiralty Shipyard Saint Petersburg Retvizan Ship of the line For Imperial Russian Navy.
18 September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland British North America Quebec City Tchernaya Full-rigged ship Ran aground on being launched.[7]
24 October  United States Philadelphia Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wabash Colorado-class frigate For United States Navy.
25 October  France Rochefort Redoutable Algésiras-class ship of the line For French Navy.
2 November  United Kingdom Money, Wigram & Son Blackwall Victor Intrepid-class gunvessel For Royal Navy.
13 November  United Kingdom Wigram London Intrepid Intrepid-class gunboat For Royal Navy.
17 November  United States Hayden & Cudworth Medford, Massachusetts Electric Spark Extreme clipper For Thatcher Magoun & Son.
20 November  United States Paul Curtis East Boston, Massachusetts Golden Fleece Clipper
24 November  United Kingdom Portsmouth Dockyard Portsmouth Shannon Liffey-class frigate For Royal Navy.
1 December  United States Washington Navy Yard Washington, D.C. Minnesota Steam Frigate For United States Navy.
8 December  United Kingdom W & H Pitcher Northfleet Forward Albacore-class gunboat For Royal Navy.
13 December  United States New York Navy Yard New York City Roanoke Merrimack-class frigate For United States Navy.
Unknown date  United States Philadelphia Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Arctic Steamship For United States Navy.
Unknown date  United States Amesbury, Massachusetts Arthur Barque
Unknown date  Japan Edo Asahi Maru Full-rigged ship For Imperial Japanese Navy.
Unknown date  United States Montell & Co. Baltimore, Maryland Carrier Dove Clipper For Trask & Dearborn.
date  United States John Gunder North San Francisco, California Colorado I Sternwheeler For George A. Johnson & Company.
Unknown date  United States James O. Curtis Medford, Massachusetts Enoch Train Icebreaker For Boston Stea Tow-boat Co.
Unknown date  United Kingdom Robert Thompson Jr. Sunderland Graces Barque For private owner.
Unknown date United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland New South Wales Sydney Herald Paddle steamer For North Shore Steam Company.
Unknown date  United States Morgan L. Taylor New York City J. A. Smith Canal boat
Unknown date  United States Greenpoint, New York Island Home Steamboat For New Haven Steamboat Company.
Unknown date  United States Cincinnati, Ohio Lancaster Number 3 Tow boat
Unknown date  United Kingdom Sandycroft Ironworks Deeside Royal Charter Auxiliary clipper For Liverpool & Australian Steamship Navigation Company.
Unknown date  United States Hayden & Cudworth Medford, Massachusetts Sancho Panza Medium clipper For John Ellerton Lodge.
Unknown date  United Kingdom Alexander Hall & Co. Aberdeen Schomberg Clipper For James Baines & Co.
Unknown date  United States New York City Shawsheen Tugboat
Unknown date  United States Shpusetown, Pennsylvania Sovereign Paddle steamer
Unknown date  Switzerland Stadt Zürich Steamboat For Swiss Northeastern Railway.
Unknown date  United States Hayden & Cudworth Medford, Massachusetts Thatcher Magoun Clipper For Thatcher Magoun & Sons
Unknown date  United States Kensington, Pennsylvania Victoria Steamship
Unknown date  United States Young America Steamship

References[edit]

  1. ^ “THE GREAT CONFLAGRATION.; THREE CLIPPER-SHIPS DESTROYED. TOTAL LOSS OF THE GREAT REPUBLIC. Burning of the White Squall, and Joseph Walker. NINE BUILDINGS DESTROYED ON FRONT-ST. LOSS, $1,500,000. INSURANCE, $500,000 to $700,000. Additional Fire–Incendiarism, & c.” The New York Times. New York. December 28, 1853. p. 1. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  2. ^ “Supposed Loss of a Preston Steamer and Fourteen Lives”. Liverpool Mercury etc. No. 2745 (Second ed.). Liverpool. 9 November 1855.
  3. ^ “Madagascar”. Caledonian Maritime Heritage Trust. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  4. ^ “Ship News”. The Standard. No. 9690. London. 29 August 1855.
  5. ^ “Shipping Intelligence”. Liverpool Mercury etc. Liverpool. 6 October 1855.
Sources
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