PS 'Scotia', 1861.
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Model (scale 1:48). This was the last and the finest paddle-driven vesel to be constructed for the Atlantic service. The 'Scotia' was built in Glasgow of iron for the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd. Her fastest crosing of the Atlantic from New York to Queenstown, Ireland, took 8 days 3 hours. She held the Blue Riband from 1862 to 1867 and remained in North Atlantic service for 13 years. She was rigged as a two-masted brig. She had accommodation for 300 pasengers and could carry 1400 tons of cargo. In 1904 the Scotia was wrecked at Guam in the Pacific.