SS Cameronia (1911)

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SS Cameronia 1911.PNG
SS Cameronia
United Kingdom
Name: SS Cameronia
Owner: Anchor Line
Builder: D. and W. Henderson and Company, Glasgow[1]
Yard number: 472
Laid down: 1911
Launched: 27 May 1911[1][2]
Completed: September 1911[1]
Maiden voyage: 13 September 1911[2]
Fate: Sunk by German U-boat U-33 on 15 April 1917
General characteristics
Type: ocean liner
Tonnage: 10,968 GRT[1]
Length: 515 ft (157 m) (pp)[1]
Beam: 62 ft 4 in (19.00 m)[1]
  • 16 knots (30 km/h) (service)
  • 19 knots (35 km/h) (max)[1]
  • 1,700 passenger (1911)
  • 1,468 passengers (1915)

The SS Cameronia was a twin propeller triple-expansion 15,600 IHP passenger steamship owned by the Glasgow-based Anchor Line and built by D. and W. Henderson and Company at Glasgow in 1911.[2] The ship provided a transatlantic service from Glasgow to various destinations.

The Cameronia sailed on her maiden voyage for the Anchor Line company on 13 September 1911 on the Glasgow - Mowville - New York City route.[2] In February 1915, the Cameronia was employed in a joint Anchor-Cunard company service on the Glasgow - Liverpool - New York route.[3]

On 21 June 1915 while inbound in the mouth of the Mersey the Cameronia was attacked by a U-boat. Captain Kinnaird turned to ram the U-boat which was forced to dive and then broke off her attack.[4]

The Cameronia was torpedoed on 15 April 1917 by the German U-boat U-33 while en route from Marseille, France, to Alexandria, Egypt, she was serving as a troopship at the time and contained approximately 2,650 soldiers on board. The ship sank in 40 minutes, 150 miles east of Malta; taking 210 lives.[2] Other sources report only 140 casualties.[5] Most of the crew and embarked soldiers were picked up by the escorting destroyers HMS Nemesis and HMS Rifleman. The remainder of the survivors had sufficient time to take to lifeboats.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Cameronia (1129599)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e SS Cameronia: The Lusitania Resource
  3. ^ File:SS Cameronia Manifest - ship sunk in 1917 by German U-boat near Malta.jpg
  4. ^ New York Times, 22 June 1915
  5. ^ British Admiralty announcement reported in the New York Times, 19 May 1917
  6. ^ Merchantman at Arms, David W Bone - 2nd Edition, 1936, Chatto and Windus, Chap XII

Coordinates: 35°50′N 17°32′E / 35.833°N 17.533°E / 35.833; 17.533