HMHS Lanfranc

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SS Lanfranc
SS Lanfranc
United Kingdom

Lanfranc (1906–15)

Lanfranc (1915–17)
Namesake: Lanfranc of Canterbury
Owner: Booth Line logo.png Booth Steamship Co
Builder: Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Dundee
Launched: 18 October 1906[1]
Maiden voyage: 18 February 1907
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk, 17 April 1917
General characteristics
Tonnage: 6,287 GRT
Length: 418.5 ft (127.6 m)
Beam: 52.3 ft (15.9 m)
Draught: 27.2 ft (8.3 m)
Installed power: 850 NHP
Propulsion: triple expansion engine; twin screw
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)

HMHS Lanfranc was an ocean liner requisitioned as a hospital ship in the First World War. On 17 April 1917 she was torpedoed by the German U-boat SM UB-40.


Lanfranc was built by the Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company for the Booth Steamship Company, which ran passenger services between Liverpool and Manaus, 1,000 miles (1,600 km) up the Amazon River. With the outbreak of war she was requisitioned as a hospital ship.


On the evening of 17 April the Lanfranc, while transporting wounded from Le Havre to Southampton, was torpedoed without warning.[2] 22 British, including 2 officers, and 18 German other ranks were lost.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mackenzie J Gregory (25 September 2005). "Booth Line's S.S. "Lanfranc" 2". Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  2. ^ The War on hospital ships, from the narratives of eye-witnesses (1917) (1917 ed.). London: T. Fisher Unwin. p. 1.  - Call number: SRLF_UCLA:LAGE-3563453
  3. ^ "List of Hospital Ships Destroyed by Submarines or Mines". The Medical Front WWI. virtual libraries. 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2009. From the Official History of the Great War, Medical Services General History, Appendix C, Volume 1 

Coordinates: 50°06′36″N 0°07′12″E / 50.11000°N 0.12000°E / 50.11000; 0.12000