RMS Antwerp (1919)

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History
Name: TSS Antwerp
Operator:
Route: Harwich to Antwerp
Builder: John Brown, Clydebank
Yard number: 493
Launched: 26 October 1919
Out of service: 4 May 1951
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,957 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 330 feet (100 m)
Beam: 43 feet (13 m)
Draught: 18 feet (5.5 m)

TSS Antwerp was a passenger vessel built for the Great Eastern Railway in 1919.[1]

History[edit]

The ship was built by John Brown of Clydebank for the Great Eastern Railway as one of a contract for two new steamers and launched on 26 October 1919.[2] She was placed on the Harwich to Antwerp route.[3]

In 1923 she was acquired by the London and North Eastern Railway. On 20 November 1932 she collided with the American steamer Hastings in a thick fog off Zeebrugge, but was only lightly damaged, and able to continue her voyage.[4]

She served as a Q-ship in World War I.[5]

She was acquired by British Railways in 1948 and scrapped in 1951.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. ^ "A geared turbine steamer". Chelmsford Chronicle. England. 31 October 1919. Retrieved 31 October 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ Haws, Duncan (1993). Merchant Fleets – Britain's Railway Steamers – Eastern and North Western Companies + Zeeland and Stena. Hereford: TCL Publications. ISBN 0 946378 22 3.
  4. ^ "Steamers collide in fog". Edinburgh Evening News. Scotland. 21 November 1932. Retrieved 31 October 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. ^ Gibson, R. H.; Prendergast, Maurice (2002). German Submarine War 1914–1918. Periscope Publishing. p. 47. ISBN 9781904381082.