SS Georgic (1895)

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Name: Georgic
Owner: White Star Line
Port of registry:  United Kingdom Liverpool
Route: North Atlantic
Builder: Harland and Wolff
Yard number: 293
Launched: 22 Jun 1895
Completed: 8 Aug 1895
Maiden voyage: 26 Aug 1895
Out of service: 10 Dec 1916
Fate: Scuttled
General characteristics
Class & type: Livestock carrier
Tonnage: 10077 GRT
Length: 558 feet 8 inches (170.28 m)
Beam: 60 feet 4 inches (18.39 m)
Decks: 3
Installed power: 4500 indicated horsepower
Propulsion: 2 Triple expansion steam engines, twin screw
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Crew: 142

The SS Georgic was a steam ship built by Harland and Wolff for the White Star Line to replace the SS Naronic. At the time of building she was the largest ship of her type in the world which restricted its usage to the North Atlantic. Designed as a livestock carrier she was used during the First World War to ship horses and mules for use on the Western Front. While on this service she was intercepted by the German merchant raider SMS Möwe on the 10 December 1916. After the crew were taken off the ship was scuttled with her cargo of 1200 horses still on board.


The Georgic had a somewhat accident prone career, she twice collided with the dock entrance at Liverpool, on 23 May 1896 and 5 August 1901.

On 10 March 1902 she collided with barque Oakhurst at Liverpool, the latter being badly damaged as a result.

On 18 January 1903 she collided with the SS Saxon King off Fleming Cap, again the latter ship bore the brunt of the damage.

on 21 March 1904 she collided with the SS Kalabia in St George's Channel, both ships made Liverpool safely.

On 26 November 1908 she rammed the US owned SS Finance in fog off Sandy Hook. The latter sank with the loss of four lives.[1]


  1. ^ de Kerbrech, Richard (2009). Ships of the White Star Line. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978 0 7110 3366 5. 

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