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    Posted: 15 Nov 2010 at 21:03

The SS Medic was a steamship built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast for the White Star Line in 1899. Medic was one of three "Jubilee Class" ocean liners, the other two being the SS Afric and SS Persic, built specifically to service the Liverpool-Cape Town-Sydney route.[1]

Medic, like her sisters, was a single-funnel liner which measured just under 12,000 tons and was configured to carry 320 steerage or third class passengers. Because these ships were launched in the last year of the 19th century, they were referred to as the "Jubilee Class".[1]

After a long life with White Star she was sold and converted to a whale factory ship before finally being sunk by the German U-boat U-608 on 11 September 1942 during World War II.

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Sister ship to A 19 HMAT Afric and A 34 HMAT Persic.

Medic was the second of the "Jubilee Class" of ships designed to permit White Star to run a monthly service to Australia, but the first of them to actually sail to Australia. Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Medic was launched in Dec 1898, and made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Sydney via Cape Town, on 3 August 1899.  Her older sister, Afric, was still at Belfast for modifications after her maiden voyage, which had been to New York.   Like the Persic, SS Medic also transported the first Australian troops to South Africa after the outbrak of the Boer War.  (image)

 Medic remained in commercial service during World War I because of her large frozen meat capacity, although she was operated under the Liner Requisition Scheme for two years. She returned to White Star service in 1919, and remained on the Australia route until 1927.

In January 1928, Medic was sold and converted into a whale factory ship named Hektoria.  Hektoria was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by U-608 on 11 Sep 1942, while serving as a Ministry of War Transport oil tanker.

http://www.northernbullants.com.au/media/Archives/OurTown/1914TheShipsNotes.html

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