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SS AURANIA

SS AURANIA was a Cunard Steam Ship Company ship built at Clyde by J & G Thomson and launched 26th December 1882, 7,269 gross tons, 470 feet by 57 feet, steam compound engines, single screw, two funnels, three mastst, 16 knots. She could carry 480 cabin passengers, 700 third class passengers and had a crew of 275. She worked the Liverpool to New York route; maiden voyage from Liverpool to new York, via Queenstown on 23rd June 1883. She was the consort of SERVIA of 1881 but was njot a "long ship"; ration of beam to length 8 to 1 compared with Servia's 10 to 1. She was the first Atlantic liner with private suites, her maiden voyage being completed under sail and two due to and engine breakdown. During the period 1899-1903 it was requisitioned by the government to serve as a Boer War transport. During the period 1899-1903 it was requisitioned by the government to serve as a Boer War transport and during this period carried over 30,000 officers and men in addition to repatriating troops to India and Australia and carrying Boer prisoners. In 1903 she made her first Cunard sailing from Trieste to New York; in February 1905 the Aurania was sold to scrappers in Genoa for approximately £15,000.

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