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Aurania was an ocean liner owned by the Cunard Line. She
was built in 1916 at Wallsend and measured 13,936 gross
tons. She was propelled by two steam engines powered
from four boilers and had a speed of 15kts.
The ship was built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Ltd. of Wallsend and was the last of three ships planned
to serve between Canada and Europe.
Her sister ships were the Andania and Alaunia. Although
ordered in December 1913, because of the First World
War, she was not completed until 1916. The two sister
ships are shown in the image to the right.
The Aurania was launched on 16 July 1916 and was
immediately fitted out as a troopship. She made her
maiden voyage from the Tyne to New York on 28 March 1917
and on her return sailed to Liverpool. The ship remained
on hire to the British Government for the remainder of
her career and was used exclusively on the North
Atlantic, primarily moving troops and supplies. On 3
February 1918, she left Liverpool and was routed around
the coast of Northern Ireland, bound for New York. On
the following morning, she was some 15 miles north-west
of Inistrahull, off the coast of Donegal, when she was
hit by a torpedo from German submarine UB-67. Nine crew
members were killed in the explosion. A trawler took the
ship in tow but she became stranded off Caliach Point on
the Isle of Mull, Scotland. Rough seas soon broke
Aurania up and she was declared a total loss.
She was heavily salvaged after the war by James Gush of
Greenock and today is very broken up although there
boilers still stand 6m off the seabead at 23m.
The image above show the ships bell
recovered by divers and now in the Mull Museum. The
other image shows some of the silverware recovered by
the South West Maritime Archaeological Group.
The image (supplied by Ron Howell)
below is of the detail on one of the plates
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