RMS Aurania (1882)

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RMS Aurania on page 471 in Cassier's Magazine of September 1895
United Kingdom
NameUnited Kingdom RMS Aurania
OwnerCunard Line
Port of registryUnited Kingdom Liverpool, United Kingdom
RouteLiverpool-Queenstown-New York
BuilderJ. & G. Thomson & Co.
Laid down1881
Launched26 December 1882
Maiden voyage23 June 1883
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FateScrapped 1905
General characteristics
TypeOcean Liner
Tonnage7,269 GRT
Length143.3 metres (470 ft 2 in)
Beam17.4 metres (57 ft 1 in)
Depth11.3 metres (37 ft 1 in)
Installed powerCompound engine with 3 inverted cylinders and 3 Masts
PropulsionScrew propeller
Speed16 knots

RMS Aurania was a British Ocean Liner that was scrapped at Genoa, Italy after 22 years of service (1883-1905).


Aurania was constructed in 1881 at the J. & G. Thomson & Co. shipyard in Glasgow, United Kingdom for Cunard Line. She was completed in 1883 and made her first voyage on 23 June 1883 from Liverpool to Queenstown to New York. She was named Aurania and served from 1883 to 1905. The ship was 143.3 metres (470 ft 2 in) long, with a beam of 17.4 metres (57 ft 1 in) and a depth of 11.3 metres (37 ft 1 in). The ship was assessed at 7,269 GRT. She had a Compound engine with 3 inverted cylinders driving a single screw propeller and 3 Masts. The engine was rated at 1500 nhp.


In her career Aurania was never very popular, she was known as a badly rolling ship. During her maiden voyage on 23 June 1883 she left Liverpool for Queenstown and finally for New York, but halfway through the Atlantic her engine failed due to overheating. The voyage was completed under sail and she arrived in New York on 4 July 1883 under sail and tow with disabled engines.

In 1900 Aurania was used as a Transport Ship during the Boer war, she returned to civil service in 1903. In 1903 her sailing route was changed and she sailed from the Mediterranean to New York. In 1904 she returned to her original sailing route.[1]

The Final Days[edit]

RMS Aurania was scrapped in Genoa, Italy on 13 March 1905.


  1. ^ "Aurania". norwayheritage.com. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2015.

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