built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow in 1926
built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow,
Yard No 508
Port of Registry: Glasgow
Propulsion: Steam, quadruple expansion engines, 558 nhp, 13.5 knots
Launched: Tuesday, 01/12/1925
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Tonnage: 8463 grt
Length: 460 feet
Breadth: 59 feet
Anchor Line Glasgow
Status: Sunk - 25/03/1941
Photo supplied by The Book of the Anchor Line 1931.
Intercepted by German raider THOR 750miles west of Freetown and sunk with loss of 249 of the 492 crew/passenger aboard. The liner put up a brave resitance before sinking, equipped with one single light gun.
She lowered her boats after an hour but THOR made no attempt to help survivors. The Spanish steamer BACHI picked up one boat with 63 people in it whilst another boat with 38 on board eventually reached Brazil after an amazing 23 days.
THOR was sunk later in the war
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