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"Information about the Ship named, S.S. Drottningholm"
Original Name: S.S. Virginian
Shipyard Builder: A Stephen & Sons - Glasgow, Scotland.
Launched on December 22, 1904, for the Allan Line.
Maiden voyage on April 6, 1905, Liverpool to St. John.
Charter in 1914 by Canadian Pacific Line.
Taken over in 1917 by Canadian Pacific Line.
Sold to Swedish American Line in 1920, renamed the S.S. Drottningholm.
New Tonnage: 11,182 gross.
Sold in 1948 to Home Lines, renamed Brazil.
In 1951, renamed Homeland.
Scrapped in 1955, at Trieste.
The Virginian and her sister ship Victorian were the
first oceangoing merchant ships to employ steam turbines. After having been
acquired by SAL, the Virginian was renamed Drottningholm and was refitted with
geared turbines in 1922.
Source: The Golden Age of Shipping, Brassey's (UK) Ltd. 1994.
The Drottningholm served SAL until 1948 when she was sold and first renamed Brazil, later Homeland. When the ship was dismantled in 1955, she was the oldest transatlantic passenger liner in service. During her Swedish American Line years she had carried 222,925 passengers.
The Mercy Ship:
During World War II, the Drottningholm was chartered to the United States, British and French governments for the exchange of diplomats and prisoners of war. She made 14 such voyages and carried a total of 18,160 passengers.
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