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Name: TORTONA
Type Passenger Refrigerated Cargo
Launched: 18/08/1909
Completed: 10/1909
Builder: Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Co Ltd
Yard: Wallsend Yard
Yard Number: 837
Dimensions: 8153grt, 5111nrt, 450.6 x 54.2 x 29.2ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (25.5, 41 & 68 x 48ins), 888nhp
Engines by: Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co, Jarrow
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 12.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 129735
History:
14/10/1909 Cairn Line of Steamships Ltd, (Cairns, Noble & Co, managers), Newcastle
1911 Cunard Steam Ship Co Ltd, registered at Liverpool; renamed AUSONIA
30/05/1918 Sank
Comments: Accommodation for 37 x 1st Class & 1082 x 3rd Class passengers
1911: Purchased by Cunard for 120,001
11/06/1917: Torpedoed off southern Ireland, but able to reach port
30/05/1918: Torpedoed off Fastnet, then sunk by gunfire from U-Boat U55. 44 crew lost.
On a voyage from Liverpool to New York in ballast


Above photo as TORTONA courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as AUSONIA courtesy of Real Photographs

Above photo as AUSONIA courtesy of Richard Cox

Aberdeen Press and Journal, Thursday, 19/08/1909