Photographs of The Clyde,
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Bombed and sunk on the 17 June 1940
built by Wm Beardmore & Company Dalmuir, Yard No 557 Last Name:LANCASTRIA (1924) Port of Registry: Liverpool Propulsion: Steam turbine, 2527 nhp, 16.5 knots Launched: Monday, 31/05/1920 Built: 1922 Ship Type: Passenger Vessel Tonnage: 16243 grt Length: 552.8 feet Breadth: 70.4 feet Draught: 38.8 feet Owner History: Anchor Line Glasgow Cunard Steam-Ship Company, Liverpool 1934 Cunard-White Star Ltd., Liverpool Status: Bombed & Sunk - 17/06/1940
Similar in design to other Cunarders and Anchor liners of the day. She earned the name "Soup Tureen" and generally not much else of a name for herself initially. In 1924 she was refitted for Cabin Class and her name was changed to LANCASTRIA as Americans were reputed to have difficulty in pronouncing TYRRHENIA. In the thirties it was decided she was more fitted to cruising. Became RMTLANCASTRIA in 1940. On above date of sinking she had been evacuating an unknown number of refugees and military personel from Nazaire during Operation Aerial. As many as 9000 people could have been aboard when German planes bombed her, with one bomb going straight down the funnel and sealing her fate. Estimates of up to 5000 people lost. The disaster was hushed on the orders of Churchill and despite being the biggest maritime disaster in the UK's history, received little prominence in the press when it eventually filtered through.
I have no special knowledge of shipping matters,there are other sites which will give you the low down on all the technical stuff. I am just an amateur photographer who enjoys taking photographs of ships and boats,The Firth of Clyde is a tremendously scenic place and I hope some of this comes through in my photographs.
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