RFA Maine (1902)
|Acquired:||by purchase, 1920|
|Decommissioned:||21 February 1947|
|Fate:||Broken up, 1948|
|Propulsion:||Coal-fired triple-expansion recipriocating engines|
The third, and longest serving, ship to bear the name was originally launched as the SS Panama in 1902. She was purchased by the Admiralty in 1920 for use as a hospital ship with the Mediterranean Fleet.
She entered service after conversion in 1922 and was mainly based at Malta, although in 1926 she spent a period on the China Station. In 1935 she attended King George V's Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead. On 20 February 1928 Maine broke her moorings during a storm at Malta and was grounded.
- Jane's Fighting Ships 1940, 1942 and 1946 Editions
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