TSS Duke of York (1935)
|Port of registry:||Lancaster, United Kingdom|
|Builder:||Harland and Wolff, Belfast|
|Completed:||4 June 1936|
|Out of service:||1975|
|Identification:||IMO number: 128318|
|Type:||Turbine steam ship|
|Length:||339.2 ft (103.4 m)|
|Beam:||55.2 ft (16.8 m)|
|Draught:||17.9 ft (5.5 m)|
|Installed power:||502 NHP|
The Duke of York was a steamer passenger ship initially operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway which saw service from 1935 to 1964. She was renamed HMS Duke of Wellington for the duration of World War II.
Built at Harland and Wolff, Belfast and completed in 1935, she was designed to operate as a passenger ferry on the Heysham to Belfast, alongside the existing 1928 ships on that route, RMS Duke of Lancaster, the RMS Duke of Rothesay and the RMS Duke of Argyll,
She introduced a new principle into the cross-channel trade, the tourist class, which had been in use on the Atlantic lines since 1928.
The Duke of York had one of the earliest automatic fire extinguishers, by Grinnell. Small glass tubes contained a liquid which expanded on a given temperature being reached, and burst the containers, opening water valves above.
HMS Duke of Wellington
The Duke of York was requisitioned in 1942 for war service. She was renamed as HMS Duke of Wellington as there was a battleship with the name "Duke of York". She was converted to a "Landing Ship, Infantry (Hand-Hoisting)" the latter part referred to her hand operated davits; abbreviated to LSI(H)
She took part in Operation Jubilee, the raid on Dieppe on 19 August 1942, carrying The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.
She took part in the Normandy landings in 1944.
Post-World War II
Originally a twin funnel vessel, she was rebuilt in 1950 with a single funnel. She was upgraded from coal to oil firing and received cabin accommodation for 520 passengers.
Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company of Jarrow-on-Tyne completely rebuilt her with a more modern shaped bow, and they lengthened her by about 7 ft. She rejoined the Harwich fleet in 1954.
She was sold in August 1963.
She was sold to Chandris Lines in 1963 and originally named York she was sent to Smiths Dock Company for conversion work which was completed after transfer to the Chandris Company's own shipyard at Ambelaki. She entered service in 1964 as the Fantasia. She ran mainly on cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean, with some winter charters to religious tour groups. She was withdrawn in December 1975 and was broken up in 1976  in Spain.
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