GOTHLAND was built in 1871 by J & G Thompson at Glasgow with a tonnage of 1482grt, a length of 251ft 7in, a beam of 32ft 10in and a service speed of 9 knots.
She was built for Donald Currie's Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. and was chartered by George Payne's Cape & Natal S.N. Co.'s to carry private mails from London to the Cape. When the Cape & Natal Line was wound up in February 1872 she continued to carry Donald Currie's private mails until replaced by the Walmer Castle (1) or one of her sisters.
In 1876 she was transferred to the Liverpool Hamburg Line with the same name.
She was purchased by the Admiralty in 1915 for use as a blockade ship but never used as such and in 1919 was sold to Claude Langton of London still retaining her original name.
In 1922 she became the Trude Bremer under the ownership of Dampfsch, Reederie Friedrich Bremer of Rostock and was broken up in Germany during 1924.