SS Sutlej in Trinidad

This article is about the arrival of the SS Sutlej in Trinidad on August 13, 1914.

On August 13, 1914, the SS Sutlej landed in Trinidad.

The SS Sutlej was constructed in approximately 1907 by Charles Connell & Company Limited in Glasgow. The ship was intended for use by the Nourse Line in the transportation of Indian indentured laborers.

With a weight of 3,549 tons and equipped with a single screw, triple expansion, 425 horsepower (317 kW) engines, the SS Sutlej was a significant vessel of its time.

The ship also brought Indian indentured laborers to Suriname in February 1908 and January 1914, British Guiana in 1909 and 1910, and Trinidad in 1908, 1912, and 1914. 

The SS Sutlej was the last ship to bring Indian indentured laborers to Fiji on November 11, 1916. The last Indian indentured servants were transported in 1917, and the system ended in 1920.

The SS Sutlej was eventually sold to the Sun Shipping Company in London in 1929 and renamed the Cape St. Francis. 

You can read more about ships that took Indian indentured servants to the Caribbean at 


This article is about the arrival of the SS Sutlej in Trinidad on August 13, 1914.

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