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Cymric
  • Builder: Harland and Wolff
  • Yard No.: 316
  • Launched: 12th October, 1897
  • Maiden Voyage: 1898 Liverpool - New York
  • Gross Tonnage: 13,096 tons
  • Length: 585.5 ft.
  • Beam: 64.3 ft.
  • Decks: 3
  • Funnels: 1
  • Masts: 4
  • Propellers: 2
  • Engines: 2 x 4 cylinder quadruple expansion
  • Boilers:
  • Speed: 14 knots
  • Port of Registry: Liverpool
  • Carrying Capacity: 25 first class, 1,160 third class
  • Sister Ships:

Cymric was launched at Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard on October 12th, 1897. Cymric's original design specification had included large cattle spaces, but these were left out when constructed, the space being utilised to extend the third class accomodations instead.

Cymrics maiden voyage followed on February 11th, 1898 between Liverpool - New York. Because of her modest speed, Cymric found herself on the secondary service, but she proved to be very economical, as a result.

In 1900, as HM Transport No. 74, Cymric made two back-to-back Boer War trooping voyages between Liverpool - Cape Town, on January 1st and March 1st.

On December 10th, 1903, Cymric on the experimental secondary Liverpool - Boston route, where she operated for two years.

Cymric resumed service on the Liverpool - New York route on December 20th, 1914.

On April 29th, 1916, Cymric sailed for Liverpool from New York, but she wasn't carrying any passengers.  Nine days later, Cymric was torpedoed three times 140 miles west north west of Fastnet. The submarine that dealt the fatal blow was U-20, the same U-Boat that had sunk Cunard's Lusitania a year earlier.

 

 

 

 

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