Once trade was in the other direction, and the proof is at Santa Cruz De Tenerife from where Charlie McCurdy captured images of the remarkable survivor La Palma. Now 102 years old, she was delivered by the Middlesbrough yard of W Harkness in 1912. She became known in the Canaries as “Correíllos” – the mail boat – and worked a long and dependable life and was almost an institution.
With a speed of 11 knots and carrying 190 passengers (in three classes!), of 893grt, she worked on as the rest of her kind were scrapped, until 1976 when a boiler finally gave out.
She has survived in spite of subsequent neglect, and is apparently owned by the local authorities and kept up with a support team of enthusiasts. I believe her to be one of the most special museum ships anywhere.