SS Lincoln (1883)

SS Lincoln was a passenger and cargo vessel built for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1883.[1]

  • 1883-1914:SS Lincoln
  • 1914-1917:SS Elikon
Port of registry:
Builder: Earle's Shipbuilding, Hull
Launched: 7 March 1883
Out of service: 2 February 1917
Fate: Sunk
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,075 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 251.5 feet (76.7 m)
Beam: 32.2 feet (9.8 m)
Depth: 15.9 feet (4.8 m)


The ship was built by Earle's Shipbuilding of Hull and launched on 7 March 1883.[2]

She was put into the Grimsby to Hamburg service. In the winter this could be obstructed by ice in the River Elbe and on 20 January 1893 she took seven hours to complete the distance from Cuxhaven to Hamburg.[3]

In 1896 the crew were sacked by the railway company for refusing to discharge cargo at Hamburg.[4]

In 1897 she transferred to the Great Central Railway. On 20 January 1911 she went ashore on Haisborough Sands while on a voyage from Antwerp to Grimsby in thick fog. She was refloated on 21 January and resumed her journey.[5]

She was sold in 1914 to Greek owners and renamed Elikon. She was sunk on 2 February 1917 in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Penas, Spain (43°44′N 6°16′W) by SM U-67. Her crew survived.[6]


  1. Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. "Hull – Launch of Railway Steamers at Hull". Hull Packet. England. 9 March 1883. Retrieved 11 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. "Reuter's Telegrams". Morning Post. England. 20 January 1893. Retrieved 11 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. "Supplies from Grimsby". Dundee Evening Telegraph. Scotland. 27 November 1896. Retrieved 11 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. "Railway Steamers Stranded". Aberdeen Journal. Scotland. 23 January 1911. Retrieved 11 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. "Elikon". Retrieved 17 October 2012.
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