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Name: LACONIA
Type: Passenger Liner
Launched: 09/04/1921
Completed: 01/1922
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1125
Dimensions: 19680grt, 11804nrt, 601.3 x 73.7 x 40.6ft
Engines: 6 x steam turbines, 2561nhp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws
Reg Number: 145925
History:
01/1922 Cunard Steam Ship Co Ltd, Liverpool
1934 Cunard - White Star Ltd, Liverpool
12/09/1942 Sank
Comments: 09/1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as an Armed Merchant Cruiser
11/1941: Returned to owners
12/09/1942: Torpedoed & sunk by U-Boat U156, 700 miles south of
Sierra Leone in position 05.05S - 11.38W. On a voyage from Suez via
Table Bay to the UK with passengers, including Italian prisoners of war
2,279 people died


Above photo courtesy of Chris Howell

Above photo courtesy of the Dickinson Album

Above photo courtesy of Alexander Gmelin