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SS Persic in Australia, 1899
|Owner:||White Star Line|
|Port of registry:||Liverpool|
|Builder:||Harland & Wolff, Belfast|
|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 |
|Class & type:||Jubilee-class passenger-cargo ship|
|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)|
100,000 refrigerated carcasses
SS Persic was a cargo vessel of the White Star Line, built by Harland and Wolff in 1899. She was one of the five "Jubilee Class" ships (the others being the Afric, Medic, Suevic and Runic) built specifically to service the Liverpool–Cape Town–Sydney route.
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. 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.
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