This page lists OLD steamships, the ones which only take 1 slot in your active fleet. It is no longer possible to acquire them. People who have purchased a steamship before 3rd April 2018 can use this page to find information about upgrades.
Old steamships also gave double experience, but only took 1 ship slot.
For the list and information on current steamships, visit the regular ships pages.
The Phoenix was a wooden steamship built in 1845 in the United States. She was built with the then-new technology of twin screw propellers instead of side-mounted paddlewheels. She carried passengers and package freight on the Great Lakes between Buffalo and Chicago. Phoenix burned and sank on Lake Michigan on 21 November 1847.
SS Savannah was an American side wheel steamer with sails, launched 1819. She was the first steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean in May-June 1819. Her steam engine was removed after finishing the transatlantic voyage and returning to America. Afterwards she served as a sailing cargo ship operating between New York and Savannah, Georgia. SS Savannah ran aground near Long Island in 1921.
SS California was built for the Pacific Mail Steamship Company based in New York in 1848. She provided mail, passenger, and freight service between Panama, California and Oregon. She was one of the first steamships active in the Pacific Ocean. In 1875 California was converted into a sailing ship and her engine removed. Afterwards she was used for hauling coal and lumber. California was wrecked near the coast of Peru in 1895.
Britannia was a British steamer launched in 1840. She was an ocean liner of the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, an operator of passenger ships in the North Atlantic presently known as Cunard Line. In 1849 she was sold to the German Confederation Navy and was renamed SMS Barbarossa. She served as the flagship of the German fleet in the Battle of Helgoland. In 1852 she was transferred to the Prussian Navy and used as a barracks ship at Danzig. In 1880 she was decommissioned from the Prussian Navy and sunk as a target practice ship.
SS President was a British passenger liner used to cross the North Atlantic. She was the largest passenger ship in the world at the time of her launching in 1840. However, she was underpowered and very slow. She foundered on her third return voyage from New York during a storm in 1841.
Famous wooden-hulled, sidewheel steamer ship that was built in 1849 for transatlantic service with the American Collins Line. SS Pacific set a new transatlantic speed record in the first year of service. Sadly, the ship went missing in year 1856 after only 5 years in operation. In 1861 a message in a bottle found in Scotland declared that the ship was sunk by icebergs. The ship's weight was 2,707 tons and was 85.6 meters long with 13.7 meter long beam. Maximum speed of the ship was 23.2 km/h.
SS Shamrock was an iron steamer ordered by the Australian Hunter River Steam Navigation to be built in Bristol, England. She was launched in 1841 and arrived in Australia the same year. After that she served as a passenger-cargo vessel in the coastal area near Sydney. In 1857 she was sold to the Chinese in Shanghai. Last records of SS Shamrock are from 1860 when she got lost in the Chinese Sea.
SS Baltic was a wooden sidewheel steamer built in 1850 for transatlantic service with the American Collins Line. In 1851 and 1854 she set a record for the fastest steamship in Atlantic. After the Collins Line went bankrupt in 1858 SS Baltic operated along the East Coast of the US. During the American Civil War, she served as a transport ship for the Union. After she was sold in 1870 her steam engine was removed and she served as a sailing ship until she was broken up in 1880.
CSS Nashville was a side-wheel passenger steamer originally of United States Mail Service, built at Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1853. She was captured by the Confederates in 1861 and served in the Confederate Navy. She was sold in February 1862 and renamed Thomas L. Wragg. In November she was sold again to serve as a privateer and renamed Rattlesnake. She ran aground and was destroyed by USS Montauk in 1863.
SS Arabia was a British steam ship launched in 1897 and owned by P&O (Peninsular & Oriental Steam Company). While returning back to England from Australia in 1916, she was shot by German U boat and sunk.
SS Great Eastern was a British iron sailing steam ship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, launched in 1858. On her maiden voyage she was damaged by an explosion. After necessary repairs she undertook several transatlantic voyages in the following years. In 1866 she was converted to a cable laying ship and laid the first lasting transatlantic telegraph cable. For a time she served as a floating concert hall and advertisement for a department store. Great Eastern was broken up in 1889.
USS General Bragg was a sidewheel steamer launched in 1851 in New York City under the name Mexico. She took part in the American Civil War serving in the River Defense Fleet of the Confederate forces as CSS General Bragg. On 6th June 1862 she was captured by the Union forces and after necessary repairs put into service as USS General Bragg. After the end of the Civil War, she was sold into private hands and renamed Mexico. In 1870 she was sold into foreign service.
SS Central America was a sidewheel steamer originally named SS George Law. She was owned by the United States Mail Steamship Company and operated between Central America and the eastern coast of the United States. She sunk in a hurricane off the coast of the Carolinas in 1857. Out of the 477 passengers and 101 crew, 427 people died. She was carrying a shipment of gold from California and is also known as the Ship of Gold. Later gold in the value of 100-150 million USD was recovered from the wreck.
SS Arctic was a paddle steamer of the American Collins Line, which operated transatlantic passenger and mail steamship service. She was launched in 1850. After four years of service, SS Arctic collided with the French steamer Vesta in the fog. SS Arctic sunk off the coast of Newfoundland. Out of 400 people aboard only 85 survived.
The USS Rhode Island was a side-wheel steamer built in New York City and launched in 1860. Shortly after being launched she was burned, rebuilt and renamed Eagle. She was purchased by the US Navy in 1861 and renamed once more Rhode Island. During the American Civil War, she served as a supply ship. Due to requiring repairs she was decommissioned and transformed into an auxiliary cruiser in 1864. Rhode Island was sold for merchant service in 1867 and renamed Charleston. She was abandoned in 1885.
Robert E. Lee, originally named Giraffe, was an iron hulled paddle steamer launched in Glasgow, Scotland in 1860. She was sold to the Confederate States Navy and renamed CSS Robert E. Lee. Commissioned in 1862 she was consequently used as a blockade runner. She was captured by the United States Navy in November 1863. She was renamed USS Fort Donelson and assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Fort Donelson was decommissioned in August 1865 and sold into civilian service under the name Isabella. In 1866 she was purchased by the Chilean Navy and remained in the service under the name Concepción until being sold in 1868.
USS Maratanza was a wooden steamer built at Boston Navy Yard and launched in 1861. She served as a gunboat in the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She supported the Peninsula Campaign of General McClellan and later participated in the bombardment of Fort Fisher. After the end of the War, she was decommissioned and in 1868 sold to a private company. She subsequently served in the Haitian Navy as a gunboat under the names Salnave and Union.
CSS William Hewes was an iron side-wheel steamship, built at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1860 for commercial service between the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico. At the outbreak of the Civil War, she was seized by the Confederate Navy and converted to a blockade runner operating out of New Orleans. In 1862 she was sold to private hands and renamed Ella and Annie. In 1863 she was captured by the Union ship USS Niphon and commissioned as USS Malvern. She was sold again to a private company in 1865 and remained in civil service under her original name until 20 February 1895 when she was wrecked off Cuba.
USS Fort Jackson was a wooden side wheel steamer formerly named Kentucky. She was commissioned into the United States Navy in 1863. She participated in the actions during American Civil War. After the War, she has been renamed North America and put into civil service. She was broken up in 1879.
Sirius was a side-wheel wooden-hulled steamship built in 1837 operated by the Saint George Steam Packet Company. During her maiden voyage, SS Sirius broke the record for fastest crossing of Atlantic with the time 18 days and 4 hours. However, she was deemed too small for the regular service on the Cork-New York route. After one more transatlantic voyage, she was put into service on the Cork-Glasgow route. Sirius was wrecked in Ballycotton Bay, Ireland in 1847.
Xantho was a paddle steamer built in 1848 in Dumbarton, Scotland. She served as ferry with various home ports in England and Scotland. In 1871, Xantho was rebuilt and the paddle engines were replaced with a trunk engine. Afterwards, she was sold and relocated to Western Australia. Here she was used in pearl hunting industry. Xantho became the first coastal steamer in Western Australia transporting also passengers and cargo. In 1879 while returning to Port Gregory, she started taking on water and sank.
SS Thistle was an iron side-wheel steamship built at Glasgow, Scotland in 1863. She served as a blockade runner during the American Civil War. She was captured by USS Fort Jackson in June 1864. She was sold to the US Navy and commissioned as USS Dumbarton. In 1868 she was sold to British ownership and renamed City of Quebec. She sunk after a collision in May 1870.
Vernon was a paddle steamer built in 1839 for the Green Blackwall Line. Her engines proved uneconomic and she was converted to a sailing ship. Vernon was sold to the Colony of New South Wales in 1867 where she served as a training vessel. She caught fire and burned down while she was being broken up in 1893.
Banshee was a side-wheel steamship built in Liverpool, England, in 1862 for the Confederate Navy. She was used as a blockade runner and completed 7 voyages before being captured by the Union Navy in November 1863. She was commissioned to the US Navy in 1864 and converted to a gunboat. After the War, in 1865, she was sold to commercial service and renamed T.L. Smallwood. She was sold again in 1867 to a British owner and renamed Irene. She remained in service until the 1890s.
Agamemnon was a merchant steamship built in 1865 for Alfred and Phillip Holt's Ocean Steam Ship Company. She served on the route between Britain and China and she could compete with the then prevalent tea clippers. She brought together three improvements in steamship design: higher boiler pressure, an efficient and compact compound steam engine, and a hull form with modest power requirements. In 1897 Agamemnon was transferred to Alfred Holt's Dutch subsidiary. She was scrapped in 1899.
Bat was a steel hulled side-wheel steamer built in 1864 at Liverpool, England. She was purchased by the Confederate Government and commissioned as a blockade runner. She was captured by the Union forces in October 1864. After being commissioned into the Union Navy, she was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockade Squadron. She was chosen to carry President Lincoln to Richmond Virginia. In the end, she was used as a convoy to the River Queen which carried the President aboard. After the end of the American Civil War, in 1865, Bat was sold to a private owner and operated as a passenger steamer along the East Coast. In 1871, she was sold to a Canadian owner and renamed Miramichi. She was scrapped in 1902.
SS Hindostan was a paddle steamer launched in 1842. She was owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P & O) and operated between Southampton, England and Calcutta, India. She sank near Calcutta during a cyclone in 1864.