RMS Franconia (1910)

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This article is about the 1910—1916 ship. For other ships with the same name, see RMS Franconia.
SS Franconia 1910.jpg
RMS Franconia passing Castle Island in Boston Harbor
Name: RMS Franconia
Owner: Cunard Line
Port of registry: Civil Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle upon Tyne
Launched: 23 July 1910
Fate: Sunk on 4 October 1916 by UB-47
General characteristics
Class & type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 18,150 gross
Length: 625 ft (191 m)
Beam: 71 ft (22 m)
Installed power: Quadruple expansion engines
Propulsion: Two propellers
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Capacity: 2,850 passengers

The RMS Franconia was an ocean liner operated by the Cunard Line. She was launched on 23 July 1910 at the Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson shipyard in Newcastle upon Tyne.

After several years service primarily in the North Atlantic, she was taken into service as a troop transport in early 1915. On 4 October 1916, while heading for Salonika, she was torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat UB-47 195 miles east of Malta. She was not carrying any troops but out of her 314 crew members, 12 died.


At dry dock, 1910

Coordinates: 35°33′9″N 18°26′0″E / 35.55250°N 18.43333°E / 35.55250; 18.43333