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S/S Tasso

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SS Tasso
Emigrantskipet S/S Tasso (1), bygget 1852 i Glasgow av Thomas Wingate & Co. Skipet gikk fra 1852 fra Skandinavia for Wilson Line.

Fra 1871 gikk båten på ruta Trondheim- Kristiansund - Bergen - Hull. Ålesund var også i perioder anløpssted. Dette varte til 1886.

15. april 1880 var transport av passasjerer til båten involvert i en ulykke der 2 personer omkom. En av broene i byen der mange av de tilreisende stod kollapset og alle havnet i sjøen, men ingen druknet.

On April 15th 1880, an incident happened at the harbor in Trondheim. The Tasso had been moored by the Pier in the Nidelven river to take on passengers, but not all passengers got on board before the low tide came. The ship had to anchor up in the fjord to wait for the rest of the passengers. To get on the ship the passengers had to go by small ferryboats from a floating pier situated in the channel at a place called Ravnkloen. Several thousand people are said to have been there to say farewell to their friends and family. The floating pier was connected to land by a pontoon bridge, and the weight of all these people bacame to much for the old bridge. It is estimated that ¨ between 100 - 200 people fell into the channel when the bridge broke. At the same time, two ferryboats on their way out to the Tasso were filled with water by heavy seas, and one of them sank. Two people from one of the boats drowned. By a stroke of luck none of the people that fell into the channel were killed, but several had to be taken to hospital.

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