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Material on RMS Medina from P&O Company files:

Passenger liner, P&O Service 1911-1917, built by Caird & Co., at Greenock, registry number 131849, tonnage 12,350, length 167.58m, Brreadth 19.13m, depth 10.5m, two quadruple expansion steam engines, power 14,000 ihp, 2 screws, speed 16.5 knots, passenger capacity - 450 first class, 220 second class. Employed on London Australia mail service.”


  • launched 14.3.1911 as member of 10 strong M class at a cost of £332,377.
  • 26.4.1911 announcement that she would be used as the Royal Yacht to transport King George V and Queen Mary to India for the Imperial Delhi Durbar.
  • 10.10.1911 Commissioned as RMS Medina.
  • 11.11.1911. Sailed for Bombay escorted by Cruisers Argyll, Natal, Cochrane and Defence. Had white livery with a blue band - and an extra third mast borrowed from P&O steamer Nankin to act as a flagmast.
  • 2.12.1911 arrived at Bombay.
  • 10.1.1912 left Bombay on return voyage.
  • 5.2.1912 arrived back at Plymouth.
  • 28.6.1912 begins normal commercial service to Australia.
  • 28.4.1917 Torpedoed by submarine UB.31 25 km ENE of Start Point at Plymouth. Fourth Engineer and four fireman killed at 5.50pm but remaining crew and all passengers all towed on lifeboats into Dartmouth and Brixham. Destroyers Spitfire and Laurel attended and Laurel attempted a tow, but Medina sank at 7.15pm.

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