SS Persic

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SS Persic in Australia, 1899
SS Persic in Australia, 1899
United Kingdom
Name: SS Persic
Owner: White Star Line
Port of registry: Liverpool
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Yard number: 325
Launched: 7 September 1899
Completed: 16 November 1899
In service: December 1899
Out of service: September 1926
Fate: Sold for scrapping, July 1927
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Jubilee-class passenger-cargo ship
Tonnage: 11,973 GT
Length: 550 ft 2 in (167.69 m)
Beam: 63 ft 3 in (19.28 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 4-cylinder quadruple expansion steam engines, 2 shafts
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
  • 320 passengers
  • 100,000 refrigerated carcasses

SS Persic was an ocean liner of the White Star Line, built by Harland and Wolff in 1899.[1] She was one of the five "Jubilee Class" ships (the others being the Afric, Medic, Suevic and Runic) built specifically to service the LiverpoolCape TownSydney route.[2]

On October 26, 1899, Persic assisted the crew of the schooner Maudra, which had caught on fire. She was requisitioned as a troopship during World War I.[1] On September 7, 1918, during her wartime service, the Persic was torpedoed by a German U-boat (believed to be SM UB-87) near the Isles of Scilly. She was assisted by aircraft from RNAS Tresco and despite substantial damage, limped back to port under her own power.

In 1900, from September-November, Australian artists Hugh Ramsay and George Washington Lambert travelled on the Persic from Sydney to London. Lambert became successful in London; Ramsay preferred Paris but had to return to Australia when his health failed.[3]

In 1920, Persic was refitted as a passenger vessel. She was scrapped in 1927, with a successful seven-year career as a liner behind her. In total she gave 28 years of reliable service.


  1. ^ a b c "Persic, White Star Line". 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Clarkson, Andrew (2013). "SS Persic". Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Fullerton, Patricia (1988). Hugh Ramsay, his life and work. Hawthorn, Victoria: Hudson. ISBN 0949873101.