The Coriolanus

In 2006 the Archives and Special Collections purchased a photograph of the Coriolanus, which at 300-feet, was the “largest and finest of the Cape Verde packet ships.”  Built in 1876 by Archibald McMillan & Son of Dumbarton, Scotland, this iron full-rigged ship started out carrying jute between Calcutta and Britain.  After 1900 she was re-rigged as a bark.  The Coriolanus changed owners several times before being purchased by Roy Teixeira and Abilio and Antonio Macedo for $1,000 in 1927 (or 1929?).  The Coriolanus carried up to 200 passengers and a crew of about 38.  Her days as a packet ship carrying immigrants was short.  She sustained damage in a storm in 1930, and by 1936 was sold as scrap.

Source:  “The Cape Verdean Connection” African-American Insitute, June 28, 1977 from a reprint in the Records of the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Collection, UMass Dartmouth Archives and Special Collections; and online at

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