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S.S. Barbadian

Built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend
Length: 400''; Beam 52.4'; 5,289 tons
Single screw
Official Number: 102072


The Barbadian was laid down in the Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Limited yard at Wallsend on the Tyne as the War Tapir. She was completed for Frederick Leyland and Co., of Liverpool. She had a crew of 5 and could carry 19 passengers. Her radio call sign was GBQM (currently assigned to the Queen Mary 2). A list of passengers disembarking at London in March 1906 is preserved in the National Archives at Kew and shows her to have sailed from New Orleans.

In the immediate post-war years the Atlantic Transport Line, which had lost much of its fleet, used ships from other units of the International Mercantile Marine Company or obtained through the U.S. Shipping Board. The Barbadian is listed in and advertisement placed by the line in the London Times in January of 1924 scheduled to sail as a freighter on February 9 from the Royal Albert Dock in London to Baltimorre and Norfolk, via New York.

In 1933 she was sold to the Greek shipping family of Livanos and was registered on the Greek Aegean island of Chios. She ran aground on March 28, 1944, and was a total loss.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; http://www.godfreydykes.info/merchant_ships_in_2004.htm; The National Archives


For more information ...

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

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