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    Posted: 08 Nov 2010 at 19:51

R.M.S.P.  Arcadian during the First World War was converted into a transport. On April 15th, 1917, the ship with a company of 1,335 troops and crew was proceeding from Salonika to Alexandria, and was in the southern Aegean, 26 miles N.E. of Milo. The troops had just completed boat-drill when a German submarine UC-74 approached unseen and discharged a torpedo which inflicted such extensive damage that th evessel sank in six minutes.

Fortunately the menĀ“s recent exercise at the boats imparted steadiness and confidence and 1,058 were rescued, either through their own efforts or by the escorting destroyer. The number drowned was 277 and, had it not been for the sudden capsizing of the vessel, many more would have been saved. Those lost included 19 army officers and 214 other ranks, as well as ten naval ratings and 34 members of the crew. A considerable amount of wreckage and spars was sucked down and this, coming to the surface with great force, killed many who were swimming in the water.

Nationality: British.
Vessel Type: Passenger Ship (Steamer). Owners: Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.
Built by: Vickers, Sons & Maxim Ltd. Barrow-In-Furness (1885).
Weight: 8939  grt  Dimensions: 152,4 x 16,8 x 10,4 m Speed: 15  knots
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Note: Originally known as Ortona, built by Pacific SN Co for the Australian run in 1899. She was 7950 gross tons and 500 feet long, carrying 130-1st, 162-2nd and 300-3rd class passengers. She passed to Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1906, and was used briefly on their West Indies route. In 1910 she was rebuilt as the cruise ship Arcadian (8939 gross tons, 320 First Class passengers). Although defensively-armed she was sunk by a submarine in 1917 whilst on trooping duty. SS Aracadian was built in 1899, owned by Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, 8,939 tons. She was torpedoed 26 miles NE from Milo, without warning and sunk by German submarine UC74, in Mediterranean, whilst on passage to Salonika Alexandria, 279 lives lost, 35 of which were crew.
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Edited by Mal Murray - 17 May 2013 at 12:07
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