News from 1885 Maiden San Francisco arrival of Gaelic II

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Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
Daily Alta California, 31 October 1885
Retrieved from the California Digital Newspaper Collection web site,

Arrival of the Oriental and Occidental Company's New Steamship

The Oriental and Occidental Steamship Company's steamship Gaelic arrived in
port yesterday twenty-seven days from China. The Gaelic is one of the
company's new steamers, and has been brought here by Captain Pearne from
England. The steamer is built of steel, and is fitted with electric lights,
and the most complete and perfect refrigerating system known to modern
science. She has also all the latest improvements for the working of a
vessel, together with splendid cabin accommodations. This is her first entry
into an American port, and in consequence she paid a tonnage tax to the
Custom House of $116.76. She had on board nine cabin passengers and 144

The Gaelic was built in Belfast for the White Star Line, and was chartered
on completion by the O. and O. Company. She is a four-masted steamer of
2,691 tons register, 420 feet long, 42 feet breadth, and 29 feet 6 inches
depth. The Gaelic is a sister ship to the new Belgic, which is now on her
way here. She left Liverpool for Hongkong, via Sidney, on the 31st ult., and
is due there early in November. The two steamers are to run between this
port and China, and not to Australia, as was at first contemplated. The
Arabic, now in Hongkong, goes to England.

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