The Douro was on the final leg of what was fated to be her last voyage, only two days from Southampton. Late in the evening of April 1, 1882 she had passed the Finisterre Light, having called into Lisbon, and was steaming north towards England. A light had been spotted from the starboard bow by a passenger, who was taking some fresh air before retiring. He pointed out the light to the Fourth Officer, who identified it as a ship, approximately a mile away. By the time Chief Officer saw the light it was too late to avoid the collision with the Spanish Steamer “Yrurac Bat”. The Captain and many Senior Officers went down with the ship. Nearly 28,000 Gold Sovereigns mostly dating from the reign of Queen Victoria were recovered from the wreck site.