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The Missouri (III), from an album compiled by James Grant Hutchison, an Atlantic Transport Line officer for many years (Ian Newson)

S.S. Missouri (III)

Sisters: Mississippi (III), Maryland (II)
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast, yard number 4491
Launched November 27, 1913; delivered February 28, 1914; scrapped 1933
Hull: length 370'; beam 50' 3"; 4,697 tons; 5 holds; 10 winches; 396,155 cubic feet of cargo capacity; bunker capacity 904 tons; fuel consumption 40 tons per day
Power: twin screws, quadruple-expansion engines by builder, with cylinders of 24 ½", 35", and 50", and 73", stroke 54"; 392 n.h.p.; 10 knots
Registered in Belfast; official number 132048


This ship was one of three sisters, of which Mississippi (III) was powered by diesel engines. In late July 1914, shortly before the outbreak of war, she was involved in a collision with the Red Star Line's Zeeland during a voyage to New York. The incident was blamed on faulty steering gear on Missouri (III). The Zeeland was severely dented midships, and the Missouri (III) had her bow extensively damaged.

The Missouri (III) survived World War One and is recorded in the Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals making four voyages to New York for the Atlantic Transport Line passenger service between April and December 1930. She was sold for scrap to P & W McLellan of Bo'ness on the Firth of Forth in 1933.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; Merchant Fleets in Profile 2; The Ships of the Cunard, American, Red Star, Inman, Leyland, Dominion, Atlantic Transport and White Star Lines, Duncan Haws, 1979

Photo from James Grant Hutchison's album (Ian Newson)
The Missouri (III), from an album compiled by James Grant Hutchison, an Atlantic Transport Line officer for many years (Ian Newson)


For more information ...

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

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