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Magnetic

Magnetic was built at Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard in 1891, as a passenger and baggage tender, for the White Star Line, and was used at Liverpool. Magnetic also acted as a water tender, and was equipped for towing, and was the company tug of the White Star Line.

On 26th June, 1897, Magnetic accompanied her fellow White Star Line stablemate Teutonic at Spithead, during the fleet review to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Later, she was employed as a tender at Liverpool during their celebrations.

On 3rd October, 1925, Magnetic caught fire, but was safely beached at Tranmere, and repaired locally.

In the December of 1932, Magnetic was sold to the Alexander Towing Company, Of Liverpool, and renamed Ryde. Ryde underwent a refit, and her hull was painted white, and she performed the same duties.

In 1933, Ryde carried guests to the opening of Stanlow Oil Dock No. 2, in the Manchester Ship Canal.

In 1934, Ryde was based at Llandudno, in North Wales, as an excursion steamer, and carried a black hull, with a yellow funnel.

On the 20th August, 1935, Ryde was broken up at Port Glasgow.

 

N.B. Image source: The White Star Line: An Illustrated History by Paul Louden-Brown

 

 

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