Photograph of SS Bavarian Canada

SS Bavarian
SS Bavarian

Custodian: University of Glasgow Archive Services

Reference: DC101/0056

ss Bavarian was built by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, and launched in 1899. She was the first ship of the Allan Line's 20th-century fleet.

She made just one journey across the Atlantic Ocean, shortly after launch, sailing from Liverpool and arriving in Quebec approximately 5 weeks later.

From October 1899 to September 1902 she was commissioned for service in the Boer War making numerous journeys around India, South Africa, Portugal and the UK transporting army personnel, the sick and wounded, prisoners, and artillery.

In 1903, the Bavarian resumed voyages to from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal and continued until she was wrecked in November 1905 after striking Wye Rock at Grosse Ile in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Quebec. She was scrapped in 1907.

The photograph is part of a collection of ship portraits dating from the 1880s taken by James Adamson, a photographer from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. His collection is one of the most comprehensive of sailing and steam ship photographs of the period. Most of the pictures were taken just after the ships were completed.