The steamship MOSEL, built in 1872 for Norddeutscher Lloyd [North German Lloyd] by Caird & Co., Greenock, Scotland. 3,200 tons; 349 feet long x 40 feet broad; straight bow, 1 funnel, 2 masts; iron construction, screw propulsion, service speed 13 knots; accommodation for 90 1st-, 126 2nd-, and 600 3rd-class passengers. 20 August 1872 launched. 1 April 1873, maiden voyage, Bremen-Southhampton-New York. 12 November 1875, bomb explosion in dock at Bremerhaven, killing 128. 1882, compound engines by Elder, Glasgow. 9 August 1882, wrecked near Lizard, Cornwall [Nigel Reginald Pixell Bonsor, North Atlantic Seaway; An Illustrated History of the Passenger Services Linking the Old World with the New (2nd ed.; Jersey, Channel Islands: Brookside Publications), vol 2 (1978), p. 548. Information supplied by Michael Palmer, Claremont, California.
Fritz and Augusta Labs arrived in New York on 28 April 1879. The passenger list is on National Archives And Records Administration Roll #417.