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  • SS La Bourgogne was a French ocean liner. She was built in 1885 by Société Nouvelle des Forges et Chantiers de la Méditerranée, La Seyne-sur-Mer for the Compagnie Generale Transatlantique. She was a 7,395 gross ton vessel, 494.4 feet long and with a beam of 52.2 feet. She had two funnels and four masts, was of iron and steel construction, and propelled by a single screw giving a speed of 17 knots. There was accommodation for 390 first class passengers, 65 second class and 600 third class passengers. Launched on 8 October 1885, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Le Havre to New York on 19 June 1886. In 1886, SS La Bourgogne traveled the Le Havre - New York transit in a little more than 7 days. This gave the company first place in the New York postal service, and ignited a competition for the record in the trans-Atlantic run. In February 1896 she collided with, and sank the steamer Ailsa, of the Atlas Steamship Company, off the US coast. In 1897-8 she was fitted with quadruple expansion engines and her masts reduced to two. On 4 July 1898 she was sunk in collision in dense fog with the British sailing ship Cromartyshire off Sable Island.

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