Yard Number 432, was named COMMONWEALTH when launched on Saturday, 23/08/1902 by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow , for Wilhelm Lund, London. .
Her main engines were built by the shipbuilder , she was powered by Two three cylinder triple expansion steam engines, 4000ihp, twin screw, 13.5 knots.
COMMONWEALTH was sold for scrap on 12/04/1923
Ship Type: Passenger / cargo liner
Tonnage: 6616 gross; 4176 net
Length: 450ft 3in
Breadth: 52ft 3in
Wilhelm Lund, London.
1910 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co.
Additional Information: O.N. 115903.
23/08/1902: Launched for Wilhelm Lund, London.
An advance on Lund’s earlier emigrant vessels, COMMONWEALTH was aimed at a better class of traveller.
75 saloon class passengers were accommodated in the bridge deck and there were 300 third class berths.
1905: Registered in the ownership of Blue Anchor Line Ltd. (W Lund and Sons, managers).
06/04/1910: Purchased for £77,569 by The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
15/09/1910: Maiden P&O sailing.
1915~1917: Australian Expeditionary Force transport.
1917: Atlantic “ferry” service.
19XX: Laid up at Falmouth.
12/04/1923: Sold for £14,100 to Stabilimento Metallurgica Ligure S A, Italy for demolition at Spezia, the last survivor of the Blue Anchor Line fleet.
Previous updates by Paul Strathdee, John Newth, George Robinson.
Photo supplied by John Newth.