This ship was a 307 gross, 261 net ton wooden-hulled sidewheel steamer built in 1884 at Camden, NJ. She was 129.6 feet in length, 26 feet in beam and 7.5 feet in depth of hold, and had a single cylinder steam engine with a 28 inch bore and a 72 inch stroke.
In 1900, the Safford was in passenger service in Florida, operated by the Gulf S.B. Co. Her home port at that time was Cedar Keys. In 1908, her home port changed to New York. She had a crew of 10 when she foundered at Bogue Inlet. No lives were lost.