SS Virgo, Grangemouth

Production date
Circa 1898
View of a steam-driven cargo ship at the dockside. She is flush-decked with bridge and engines amidships. Her foremast and mainmast are equipped with for-and-aft rigged sails. She has a straight stem and spoon stern.
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Production date
Circa 1898
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The Virgo was a small ship of 616 tons. Her design is typical of the late 19th century (see photographs of her bow and stern). Sails were carried as a means of reducing fuel consumption when the wind was favourable. The practice died out shortly afterwards.

Grangemouth Dockyard Co built ships from 1885 until 1972. Ships were launched into the River Carron from a site lying between the river and the Forth and Clyde Canal. The yard was building both sail and steam ships at this time.
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