SS Drottningholm

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"SS Virginian" redirects here. For other uses, see Virginian (ship).
Name: RMS Virginian
1920: Drottningholm
1948: Brasil
1951: Homeland
Owner: 1904: Allan Line
1920: Swedish American Line

1905–1914: LiverpoolMontreal

1920–1948: GothenburgNew York
Builder: Alexander Stephen and Sons, Glasgow
Launched: 22 December 1904[1]
Maiden voyage: 6 April 1905[1]
Fate: Feb 1955: scrapped at Trieste
General characteristics
Type: Passenger liner and cargo
Tonnage: 10,757 gross register tons (GRT)[1]
Length: 538 ft (164 m)
Beam: 60.3 ft (18.4 m)
Depth: 38 ft (12 m)
Propulsion: Steam Turbine
Speed: 18 kn
Capacity: 1712 passengers

RMS Virginian was a steam turbine powered transatlantic ocean liner, launched in 1904 for the Allan Line. She operated from 1920 to 1948 for the Swedish American Line as SS Drottningholm.


Greta Garbo & Mauritz Stiller on board the SS Drottningholm in 1925 en route to the United States.

Built in 1905 by Alexander Stephen and Sons in Glasgow for the Allan Line of Canada. Commissioned as SS Virginian, she served the Allan Line, as a sistership to RMS Victorian from 1905 until 1920. In 1912, she was one of several ships in wireless radio communication with RMS Titanic, giving iceberg warnings, and at one point erroneous wireless messages had Virginian towing Titanic to Halifax, Nova Scotia and that all on board Titanic were safe. Such a report appeared in the Daily Mirror on 16 April 1912.[2] During World War I she served as a troop transport ship for Canada and Armed Merchant Cruiser for Royal Navy.[3] On 21 August 1917 she was damaged by the German submarine U-102.[4]

In 1920, she was sold to the Swedish American Line and renamed SS Drottningholm, serving Sweden until 1948.[1]

From 1948–1955 she sailed for the Home Lines of Italy, first as SS Brasil and from 1951 as SS Homeland.


  1. ^ a b c d "Ship Descriptions – V". The Ship List. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "From the Archives: Titanic 100 years on" (PDF). Contact (University of Dundee): 27. April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  3. ^ [1].
  4. ^ Virginian

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