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1881 Launched by Barrow Shipbuilding Co, a British passenger liner designed to be the largest and fastest liner on the Atlantic. for the Inman Line. The contract called for a steel hull but the builders persuaded the owners to accept an iron one.
1882 Returned to her builders after only six voyages because of inadequate performance.
1883 Barrow transferred City of Rome to the Anchor Line, reduced her weight and modified the machinery. Anchor Line operated her on various routes.
1883 "...reached New York at 8 p.m. on the 8th July, making the passage from Fastnet to Fire Island in seven days, one hour...".