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18,495 gross 1913 at Belfast, Ireland by Harland & Wolff White Star Line 655.1ft x 69.4ft x 43.8ft 
 1913 Maiden voyage Liverpool - AustraliaAtlantic Journey ID 3778
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Ceramic, White Star Line steamship
S/S Ceramic

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Tonnage: 18,481 tons gross, 16,358 under deck and 11,729 net. Bridge Deck 371 feet long. She had one funnel, four masts, 3 decks and 2 partial decks. 4 tiers of beams and was fitted with electric light, refrigerating machinery, submarine signaling device and wireless. Water ballast. She had triple screws and triple expansion engines with 8 cylinders, (2) 26, (2) 42 & (4) 47 inches diameter respectively and stroke 51 inches. She had one low pressure steam turbine. Engines by Harland & Wolff. She had a speed of 15 knots.

There was accommodation for 600-3rd class passengers. She was launched for the White Star Line's Australian service on 11th Dec. 1912. Her maiden voyage started on 24th Jul. 1913 when she left Liverpool for Capetown, Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Taken over in 1914 as a troop transport and carried the Australian Expeditionary Force. She had a couple of encounters with U-boats but survived the war and resumed Liverpool - Sydney commercial sailings on 18th Nov. 1920. In 1934 she transferred to the ownership of Shaw Savill & Albion SS Co. when they took over White Star Line's Australian interests but continued on the same service. In 1936 she was rebuilt to 18,713 tons, modernized and given a speed of 16 knots. Again taken over for trooping in 1940, she left Liverpool on 23rd Nov. 1942 with 378 passengers and 278 crew and passengers. Torpedoed by the German submarine U.515 off the Azores, one survivor was taken prisoner for interrogation purposes and all the rest were lost. Call sign: JCNK. Official registration #: 135474 [Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.10, Shaw, Savill & Albion - submitted by Ted Finch] [1919-20 Lloyd's Registry of shipping, subm. Gilbert Provost]


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