SS Otway

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SS Otway
Career British Merchant Navy Ensign
Name: SS Otway
Owner: Orient Steam Navigation Company
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 1909
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk off the Hebrides on 23 July 1917
General characteristics
Tonnage: 12,077 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 522 ft (159 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Propulsion: Steam quadruple-expansion engines, twin screws
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 1,095 passengers
(280 first class, 115 second class, 700 3rd class)

SS Otway was a British ocean liner owned by the Orient Line, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Glasgow, Scotland and launched in 1909.

She had five sister ships; Orsova, Osterley, Otranto, Orvieto, and the Orama. These ships allowed the Orient Line a prized attraction to the traveling public: fixed sailings every other week to Australia and New Zealand. Requisitioned by the Royal Navy and deployed as an armed merchant cruiser, Otway was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat SM UC-49 off the Hebrides on 23 July 1917 during World War I, with the loss of 10 lives. Coordinates: 58°54′N 6°28′W / 58.900°N 6.467°W / 58.900; -6.467