According to this private correspondence, Euphrates was a freight ship chartered by the British government in 1858 to carry men of the Royal Engineers and supplies to Vancouver Island and the mainland. As indicated in Corry, Henry Thomas Lowry to Carnarvon, Earl 13 October 1858, CO 60:2, no. 10430, 29, Shaw, Savill and Company acted as brokers for Euphrates.
On June 27, 1859, the British Colonist reports that the Euphrates arrived in Esquimalt, from London, and that during the 160-day voyage, one Edward Ellingfield of Yarmouth was lost overboard, despite efforts to save him with Hen-coops.1
Mentions of this vessel in the documents