Having her homeport in Boston, the vessel carried both passengers and cargo, usually going to ports like Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville and New Orleans.
She was classed A-1, which meant she met Lloyd's insurance requirements to carry the best cargoes.
"Typically, when bound south, as she was on this voyage, she would have carried a general cargo consisting of bales, crates, barrels and boxes of assorted merchandise. That could be anything from fine china to bottles of wine," Spence said.
On 3 April 1881, while en route from Boston for Savannah, the vessel went ashore on the infamous Cape Romain, possibly because of a foggy weather and strong winds.
"The ship has sprung a leak and the lower hold is full of water," the Boston Daily Globe reported.
According to another report in the Charleston News and Courier, no lives were lost and part of the "between decks" cargo, consisting of "articles of general merchandise," was recovered along with the ship's tackle, rigging and some furniture.
Attempts to tow the stranded steamer failed.