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Delphic I

Delphic I was launched on the 5th January, 1897, at Harland and Wolff's Belfast yard, for the White Star Line. Her smaller engine power, combined with her slow speed, was better suited to operating to Australia. On the 17th June, 1897, Delphic I underwent her maiden voyage, from Liverpool to New York, making two sailings there. In August, Delphic I was transferred to operating out of London, on the London to New Zealand joint service. On the 30th September, Delphic I made her first White Star-Shaw Savill & Albion Joint Service sailing.

On the 31st March, 1900, Delphic I was utilised as a Boer War troop transport, carrying 1,200 troops between London and Cape Town, en route to New Zealand.

On the 4th April, 1901, Delphic I carried troops between Queenstown to Cape Town, en route to New Zealand once more.

On the 16th February, 1917, Delphic I was missed by a torpedo from the U-60, off southwest Ireland. In March, Delphic I was taken over under the Liner Requisition Scheme. On the 17th August, whilst travelling between Cardiff and Montevideo, carrying coal, Delphic I was torpedoed by UC-72, a mine laying submarine capable of firing torpedoes, 130 miles off Bishop's Rock, with the loss of five lives.

 

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