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SS Patria

Mary arrived in NY from Marseilles, 23 Dec 1923. "Patria" was 11,885 gross tons, length 489.8ft x beam 59.8ft, three funnels, two masts, twin screw, speed 17 knots, accommodation for 140-1st, 250-2nd and 1,850-3rd class passengers. Launched on 11th Nov.1913 by Forges & Chantiers de la Mediteranee, La Seyne for the Fabre Line, Marseilles. She started her maiden voyage on 16th Apr.1914 Marseilles, Naples, Palermo and New York and was on the North Atlantic service for much of WWI. On 24th Apr.1931 she started her last voyage from Marseilles to New York, Boston, Azores, Lisbon and Marseilles.

June 1940 laid up at Haifa following the surrender of France. Nov.1940 Entered service under British control and was supposed to leave for Mauritius on 23rd Nov. with 1,900 emigrants from Palestine, but the sailing date was postponed and she waited at Haifa with the emigrants still on board. On the morning of 25th Nov. the ship was wrecked by three explosions, heeled over and lay on her side in shallow water with the loss of 279 lives. The perpetrators of this sabotage were never identified. In 1952 the wreck was scrapped.

Date19 Jan 2011
File nameSS Patria.jpg
File Size25.41k
Dimensions700 x 385
Linked toMary Harvey Tannahill

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