TSS Scotia (1920)

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Name1921-1940: TSS Scotia
Port of registryUnited Kingdom
Route1921-1940: Holyhead - Dún Laoghaire
BuilderWilliam Denny and Brothers, Dumbarton
Yard number1037
Launched16 November 1920
Out of service1 June 1940
FateBombed and sunk at Dunkirk
General characteristics
Tonnage3,454 gross register tons (GRT)
Length380.5 ft (116.0 m)
Beam45.2 ft (13.8 m)
Draught17.2 ft (5.2 m)

TSS Scotia was a twin screw steamer passenger vessel operated by the London and North Western Railway from 1921 to 1923, and the London, Midland and Scottish Railway from 1923 to 1940.[1]


She was built by William Denny and Brothers of Dumbarton and launched in 1920.

On 1 June 1940 she was bombed by German aircraft during the Dunkirk evacuation. The destroyer HMS Esk came alongside and rescued nearly 1,000 troops. The destroyer HMS Worcester was nearby and also picked up some survivors. Twenty eight of her crew and an estimated 200 to 300 French troops were killed.[2]


  1. ^ Railway and Other Steamers, Duckworth. 1962
  2. ^ The evacuation from Dunkirk: Operation Dynamo, 26 May-4 June 1940. W. J. R. Gardner, Great Britain. Admiralty