SS Delphic

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SS Delphic
Owner: White Star Line
Builder: Harland and Wolff
Yard number: 309
Launched: 1897
Completed: 15 May 1897
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk 16 August 1917
General characteristics
Tonnage: 8,273 GRT

SS Delphic was an ocean liner of the White Star Line, built by Harland and Wolff and completed on 15 May 1897.[1] She worked the New Zealand trade. Delphic served as a troopship during the Second Boer War.

On 16 February 1917, Delphic narrowly avoided being torpedoed by U-60 off the south coast of Ireland; the torpedo was fired, but just missed the ship. In March 1917, she was taken over under the Liner Requisition Scheme. On 16 August 1917, Delphic was torpedoed and sunk by the Imperial German Navy submarine UC-72 135 miles (217 km) from Bishop Rock, Isles of Scilly (48°30′N 9°10′W / 48.500°N 9.167°W / 48.500; -9.167), during a coal transport voyage from Cardiff, Wales, to Montevideo, Uruguay. Five people were killed in the sinking.[2][3]


  1. ^ McCluskie, Tom (2013). The Rise and Fall of Harland and Wolff. Stroud: The History Press. p. 124. ISBN 9780752488615. 
  2. ^ "BRITISH MERCHANT SHIPS LOST to ENEMY ACTION Part 2 of 3 - January-August 1917 in date order". Naval History. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Delphic". Retrieved 28 December 2012.