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S.S. Georgian

Launched 1890; Torpedoed, 1917
5,088 tons


The New York Times records that the Atlantic Transport Line steamer Georgian, Captain Parker, saved all 36 crewmen aboard a sinking German steamer named Ella in high seas early in 1900. About 20 minutes after these men reached Georgian their ship finally sank. Presumably she was operating under charter to the Atlantic Transport Line.

Under charter to the Atlantic Transport Line the Georgian went to the aid of the steamer Dart, which had lost its rudder on January 7, 1912, and towed her 744 miles to Halifax. The Dart was a small steamer of 3,204 tons sailing from New Orleans to Copenhagen, and she had drifted for two weeks before aid arrived. The officers, engineers and other members of the crew of Georgian claimed salvage. Some crewmen chose not to participate in the claim however but the judge nevertheless awarded a total of $3,500 to the Georgian's owners and entire crew because the weather had been so bad and the crew "had a baddish time of it." If the crewmen not involved in the claim declined their share of the salvage money it was to go to the owners of Dart.

Built for the Leyland Line, this ship was transferred to Wilson's & Furness-Leyland Line in 1896. From 1900-1902 she was chartered back to Leyland Line, but in 1914 reverted to the Leyland Line. She was torpedoed and sunk off Cape Sidero, Crete by UB 47 on March 8, 1917, while carrying government supplies and about 300 troops; five crew and 32 passengers were lost.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The New York Times, January 9, 1900


For more information ...

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

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