TSS The Queen
|Owner:||South Eastern and Chatham Railway|
|Port of registry:||London|
|Route:||Dover - Calais (1903-07)
Folkestone - Boulogne (1907-14)
|Builder:||W Denny, Dumbarton|
|Launched:||4 April 1903|
|Maiden voyage:||27 June 1903|
|Out of service:||26 October 1916|
|Identification:||United Kingdom Official Number 118293|
|Fate:||Torpedoed and sunk|
|Length:||309 ft 9 in (94.41 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft (12.19 m)|
|Installed power:||2 x steam turbines (Parsons, Newcastle upon Tyne)|
|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. She was powered by two Parsons steam turbines driving three screws, which could propel her at a speed of 21 knots (39 km/h). Her GRT was 1,676, with a NRT of 345.
The Queen was the first turbine powered steamship built for the SECR. She entered service on the Dover – Calais service, making her maiden voyage on 27 June 1903. In 1907, she was transferred to the Folkestone – Boulogne route. On 1 June 1908, The Queen was involved in a collision with Onward which badly damaged both ships. The collision occurred during thick fog.
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.
Official number and code letters
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