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S.S. Memnon

Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Launched May 21, 1890; Maiden voyage July 19, 1890; Torpedoed 1917
Length 345' 6"; Beam 40' 9"; 3,176 tons, 10 knots
Single screw; Triple expansion engine by builder, 278 n.h.p., 180 p.s.i.
2 double boilers; 8 furnaces
AKA Plassey; Sisters Memphis, Sobraon, Mexico


The Memnon was ordered by the venerable firm of Thos. & Jno. Brocklebank of Whitehaven in Cumbria, and laid down as the Talavera. But she was launched for the Elder, Dempster Line's African Steamship Company, and operated under charter to Brocklebank on their Liverpool to Calcutta service as the Plassey.

In 1892 she was renamed Memnon and operated under charter to the Dominion Line. The following year she was briefly chartered to the Atlantic Transport Line. From June 1895, long out of Atlantic Transport Line service, she sailed regularly from Avonmouth for Quebec and Montreal. Ownership was transferred to Elder Dempster Shipping Ltd., in 1904.

Memnon was torpedoed by UC 66 on March 12th, 1917, and sank 20 miles South West of Portland Bill. Six men were killed but the captain was among the survivors.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; Merchant Fleets: Elder Dempster Lines, Duncan Haws, 1990


For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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