SS Magnetic

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RMS Baltic.jpg
Magnetic, pictured alongside RMS Baltic
Name: SS Magnetic (1891-1932)
SS Ryde (1932-1935)
Owner: White Star Line (1891–1932)
Alexandra Towing Company (1932–1935)
Port of registry: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Liverpool, UK (1891-1923)
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 269
Launched: 28 March 1891
In service: 6 June 1891
Fate: Scrapped in 1935
General characteristics
Class and type: Passenger tender
Tonnage: 619 GRT
Length: 170 feet 6 inches (51.97 m)
Beam: 32 feet 11 inches (10.03 m)
Speed: 13.5 knots (25.0 km/h)

SS Magnetic was a passenger tender of the White Star Line built in 1891. She was laid down at the Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast, Ireland. Magnetic was sold to a different company in 1932 and renamed Ryde, and scrapped in 1935.

White Star service[edit]

Model of the Magnetic at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Magnetic was built by Harland and Wolff and launched on 28 March 1891, being delivered to her new owners on 6 June 1891.[1] She was based at the Port of Liverpool and upon her completion, used mainly to take passengers to White Star's various ocean liners. However, she was also used as a water carrier, tow boat, tug and Mersey cruise boat. She was present at the 1897 Spithead Review as tender to White Star's Teutonic.[2]

When the White Star Line completed the Royal Mail Ship Baltic in 1903, Magnetic was used almost exclusively as her tender. Magnetic is pictured beside the RMS Olympic in a photograph including Olympic‍ '​s sister ship RMS Titanic, at their only meeting.

From 1891 to 1932, Magnetic served with White Star Line. On 3 October 1925 a fire broke out on board, and she was beached and later repaired at Liverpool.[2] She was then sold by White Star in December 1932 to the Alexandra Towing Company, of Liverpool.[3] Now renamed Ryde, she resumed her usual duties and was present at the opening of No.2 Stanlow Oil Dock in the Manchester Ship Canal in 1933.[2] She was based at Llandudno from 1934, and was used as an excursion steamer. She was sold to ship breakers on 20 October 1935 and was scrapped at Port Glasgow.[2]


  1. ^ "Harland and Wolff Ships Index". The Nomadic Preservation Society. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "THE WHITE STAR LINE". The Merchant Navy Association. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "White Star Line / Oceanic Steamship Company / White Star Line of Boston Packets". The Ships List. Retrieved 2 January 2012.