SS Huddersfield (1872)

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NameSS Huddersfield
Port of registryUnited Kingdom
BuilderJohn Elder and Company, Govan, Scotland
Yard number148
Launched23 September 1872
FateSunk in collision 26 May 1903
General characteristics
Tonnage1,082 gross register tons (GRT)
Length231 feet (70 m)
Beam30.2 feet (9.2 m)
Depth16.4 feet (5.0 m)

SS Huddersfield was a passenger-cargo ship built for the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway in 1872.[1]


Huddersfield was built by John Elder and Company of Govan, Scotland, and launched on 23 September 1872.[2] In 1897 she passed into the ownership of the Great Central Railway.

On 26 May 1903 on leaving Antwerp, Belgium, she was in collision in the River Scheldt with the Norwegian steamer Uto and sank. All 22 of her passengers – emigrants from Galicia on their way to Canada - drowned.[3] The crew of 17 were rescued by the company ship Retford.[4]


  1. ^ Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. ^ "ss Huddersfield". Clyde Built Ships. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "Twenty-two Emigrants Drowned". Leeds Mercury. England. 30 May 1903. Retrieved 10 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "Thrilling Story". Tamworth Herald. England. 6 June 1903. Retrieved 11 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive.