BASUTO was built in 1873 by Oswald & Co. at Sunderland with a tonnage of 1034grt, a length of 220ft, a beam of 30ft 5in and a service speed of 9.5 knots.

Built for the South African coastal service she was, in 1875, the first vessel to call at Port Alfred (Kowie).

After only three years service she was sold to French owners and during her first voyage for them foundered off Corunna on 11th October 1876.

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