SS Dundee

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Name: SS Dundee
Operator: Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Company, Dundee
Builder: Caledon, Dundee
Yard number: 221
Launched: 24 August 1911
Completed: November 1911
Fate: Sank 3 September 1917
General characteristics
Class and type: Steam passenger/cargo ship
Tonnage: 2,187 tons
Length: 88.4 m (290 ft 0 in) (p/p)
Beam: 12.6 m (41 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: Single screw
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

SS Dundee was a steam passenger and cargo ship of the British Merchant Navy. She served during the First World War and was lost in 1917.


Dundee was built by Caledon shipbuilders at their Dundee yards and was launched on 24 August 1911. She was completed in November 1911 and entered service with the Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Company and sailed for them until the outbreak of World War I in 1914, when she was requisitioned for use as an armed boarding steamer; as such, she was not a fully commissioned warship of the Royal Navy and did not carry the "HMS" prefix. On 16 March 1917 she was working in the Atlantic Ocean with Royal Navy armoured cruiser HMS Achilles when they stopped the disguised Imperial German Navy auxiliary cruiser SMS Leopard. Dundee sent out a boat to inspect Leopard, upon which Leopard opened fire and forced Dundee to move away. Achilles then opened fire on Leopard, sinking her.

On 2 September 1917, the German submarine UC-49 torpedoed and damaged Dundee in the Atlantic Ocean southwest of the Isles of Scilly (48°50′N 9°20′W / 48.833°N 9.333°W / 48.833; -9.333) with the loss of nine members of Dundee′s crew″. Dundee sank the next day.[1]


  1. ^ "Dundee". Retrieved 17 December 2012.