TS PRINCESS IRENE
Yard Number 1006, was named PRINCESS IRENE when launched on Tuesday, 20/10/1914 by William Denny & Brothers Dumbarton , for Canadian Pacific Railway Company .
Her main engines were built by the shipbuilder , she was powered by 4 x steam turbine, 22.5 knots Her last recorded name was HMS PRINCESS IRENE
She was wrecked on 27/05/1915
Ship Type: Passenger Vessel
Ship's Role: Auxiliary Minelayer
Tonnage: 5934 grt
Length: 395 feet
Breadth: 54 feet
Draught: 17 feet
Canadian Pacific Railway Company
1915 Royal Navy
Additional Information: Taken over by rhw Admiralry on completion and converted into a minelayer
From The Dictionary of Disasters At Sea (Hocking/Lloyds)
The liner Princess Irene, Capt. M. H. Cobbe, and her sister ship the Princess Margaret, were two new vessels completed in 1914 and taken over by the Admiralty for service as minelayers.
On May 27th, 1915, the Princess Irene was lying in Sheerness Harbour undergoing repairs. In addition to her crew she had 78 dockyard workmen on board when, at about 11.15 a.m. she blew up.
Two columns of flame, estimated to have reached a height of 300 feet, shot up from the ship in quick succession, followed by a tremendous explosion. At the time of the disaster there were 30 officers and 23 ratings on board in addition to the dockyard workmen. Only one workman and a few seamen escaped.
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