built by Caird & Company Greenock,
Yard No 295

Port of Registry: London
Propulsion: Steam triple expansion, 18 knots
Launched: Monday, 13/08/1900
Built: 1900
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 7974 grt
Length: 499.8 feet
Breadth: 54.3 feet
Draught: 24.5 feet
Owner History:
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Status: Torpedoed & Sunk - 30/12/1915

The following from the Dictionary of Disasters At Sea (Hocking/Lloyds)

The liner Persia, Cdr. W. H. S. Hall, R.N.R., which left London on December 18th, 1915, and Marseilles on the 26th, was 71 miles S.E. by S. of Cape Martello, Crete, on the 30th, when she was torpedoed without warning by the U_38, Lt. Cdr. Max Valentiner* The attack occurred at 1.10 p.m. the vessel being struck on the port bow, and five minutes later the port boiler blew up. She sank in a very short time and 334 of the 501 persons on board were drowned, including Cdr. Hall. Two of her boats were drawn down when she foundered taking all their occupants with them, but four got away in safety. One hundred and sixty seven survivors were picked up, most of them by a trawler 30 hours later, and were landed at Alexandria. br>

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