TSS The Queen

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Name: The Queen
Owner: South Eastern and Chatham Railway
Port of registry: United Kingdom London
Route: Dover - Calais (1903-07)
Folkestone - Boulogne (1907-14)
Builder: W Denny, Dumbarton
Yard number: 682
Launched: 4 April 1903
Completed: June 1903
Maiden voyage: 27 June 1903
Out of service: 26 October 1916
Identification: United Kingdom Official Number 118293
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,676 GRT
345 NRT
Length: 309 ft 9 in (94.41 m)
Beam: 40 ft (12.19 m)
Installed power: 2 x steam turbines (Parsons, Newcastle upon Tyne)
Propulsion: triple screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)

The Queen was a 1,676 GRT steamship which was built in 1903 for the South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR). In 1908, she was involved in a collision with another SECR ship. In 1916, she was captured by a German destroyer, following which she was torpedoed and sunk by another.


The ship was built by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton. She bore yard number 682 and was launched on 4 April 1903, with completion in June 1903.[1] She was powered by two Parsons steam turbines driving three screws,[2] which could propel her at a speed of 21 knots (39 km/h). Her GRT was 1,676,[1] with a NRT of 345.[2]


The Queen was the first turbine powered steamship built for the SECR. She entered service on the DoverCalais service,[3] making her maiden voyage on 27 June 1903.[4] In 1907, she was transferred to the FolkestoneBoulogne route. On 1 June 1908,[5] The Queen was involved in a collision with Onward which badly damaged both ships. The collision occurred during thick fog.[3]

In 1914, The Queen helped evacuate refugees from Ostend, Belgium. She was later used as a troop transport. On 26 October 1914, The Queen rescued over 2,000 people from the French ship Amiral Ganteaume, which had been torpedoed. In September 1916, she came to the rescue of the disabled Queen Empress, towing her to safety.[3]

On 26 October 1916, The Queen was captured by German destroyer V-80 some 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off the Varne Lightvessel. She was then torpedoed and sunk by destroyer S-60,[4] at 50°54′N 1°19′E / 50.900°N 1.317°E / 50.900; 1.317.[1]

Official number and code letters[edit]

Official Numbers were a forerunner to IMO Numbers. The Queen had the United Kingdom Official Number 118293.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "1118293". Miramar Ship Index. http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz. Retrieved 14 January 2010. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b "Launched 1903: tss THE QUEEN". Clydesite. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Queen". Dover. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "SS The Queen (+1916)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "SS Onward". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 14 January 2010.