Originally known as Ortona, built by Pacific SN Co for the Australian
run in 1899. She was 7950 gross tons and 500 feet long, carrying
130-1st, 162-2nd and 300-3rd class passengers. She passed to
Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1906, and was used briefly
on their West Indies route. In 1910 she was rebuilt as the cruise
ship Arcadian (8939 gross tons, 320 First Class passengers).
Although defensively-armed she was sunk by a submarine in 1917
whilst on trooping duty. SS Aracadian was built in 1899, owned
by Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, 8,939 tons. She was torpedoed
26 miles NE from Milo, without warning and sunk by German submarine
UC74, in Mediterranean, whilst on passage to Salonika Alexandria,
279 lives lost, 35 of which were crew.