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SS Persic in Australia, 1899
|Owner:||White Star Line|
|Port of registry:||Liverpool|
|Builder:||Harland & Wolff, Belfast|
|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 |
|Class and type:||Jubilee-class passenger-cargo ship|
|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)|
SS Persic was an ocean liner of the White Star Line, built by Harland and Wolff in 1899. She was one of the five "Jubilee Class" ships (the others being the Afric, Medic, Suevic and Runic) built specifically to service the Liverpool–Cape Town–Sydney route.
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. 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.
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.
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