Go on then. What is it?
This thing here is the steamship Rose, built in 1883.
So why does it say “Daphne”?
Well that was before…
That picture looks very much like after.
Well yes. Okay. After that.
Go on then. What happened this time?
Daphne was a small steamer built for trade between Glasgow and Ireland by Alexander Stephen and Sons. I’m assured the calculations for the finished ship indicated it would be perfectly stable.
It wasn’t, being neither finished nor stable. With a bloody big hole in the deck for the boilers to go in and a whole load of weight missing it was rather top heavy. A situation that physics resolved in the traditional manner.
All very embarrassing for the yard. Good job nobody was aboard.
But ships don’t launch with loads of people aboard?
Not now they don’t. Daphne is one of the main reasons for that.
Are we talking lots of people?
Around 200 people of various trades were aboard, still frantically trying to finish the ship. Despite rescue boats being on hand and the accident happening on a narrow stretch of the Clyde, around 150 of them didn’t make it.
This article has suddenly become a lot less light hearted.
It has rather hasn’t it? Still, somebody at least saw the opportunity for a cheap joke because after Daphne was salvaged-
Oh god. The new name was a pun, wasn’t it?
Yup. The steamship Rose.
I hate you.
I hate me too.