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John Bowes (collier)

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Built by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co for their General Iron Screw Collier Co

1852. The first sea-going screw collier. Her first journey to London took 48 hours; she unloaded 630 tons of coal in 18 hours and then returned to Newcastle in 18 hours. Previous colliers took a month for this round trip.

She had a very long life under the Spanish flag before foundering as Villa Selgas in 1933.

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