The Iberia's life was cut short following a devastating collision with the Cunard Line greyhound RMS Umbria off Long Island, New York in 1888. The collision ripped the sterncastle and overhang of the Iberia's stern. While her propeller and shaft remained attached (which is erroneously shown as separating with the stern in this illustration), the rudder had separated from the ship. Umbria's crew was able to convince the French crew to evacuate aboard the mostly undamaged Umbria and left for New York City. The Iberia itself was manned by a salvage crew and had just barely maintained its watertight integrity thanks to an undamaged rear bulkhead. Hours later, while awaiting a tow to port, Iberia's rearmost remaining bulkhead collapsed and the cargo vessel sank quickly.
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