SS Persic

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SS Persic in Australia, 1899
SS Persic in Australia, 1899
Career (UK)
Name: SS Persic
Owner: White Star Line
Port of registry: Liverpool
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 325
Launched: 7 September 1899
Completed: 16 November 1899
In service: December 1899
Out of service: September 1926
Fate: Sold for scrapping, July 1927
General characteristics [2]
Class & type: Jubilee-class passenger-cargo ship
Tonnage: 11,973 GT
Length: 550 ft 2 in (167.69 m)
Beam: 63 ft 3 in (19.28 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 4-cylinder quadruple expansion steam engines, 2 shafts
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Capacity: 320 passengers
100,000 refrigerated carcasses

SS Persic was a cargo vessel of the White Star Line, built by Harland and Wolff in 1899.[1] She was one of the five "Jubilee Class" ships (the others being the Afric, Medic, Suevic and Runic) built specifically to service the LiverpoolCape TownSydney route.[2]

On October 26, 1899, Persic assisted the crew of the schooner Maudra, which had caught on fire. She was requisitioned as a troopship during World War I.[1] On September 7, 1918, during her wartime service, the Persic was torpedoed by a German U-boat (believed to be SM UB-87) near the Isles of Scilly. She was assisted by aircraft from RNAS Tresco and despite substantial damage, limped back to port under her own power.

In 1920, Persic was refitted as a passenger vessel. She was scrapped in 1927, with a successful seven-year career as a liner behind her. In total she gave 28 years of reliable service.


  1. ^ a b c "Persic, White Star Line". 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Clarkson, Andrew (2013). "SS Persic". Retrieved 25 February 2013.