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Ionic II

Ionic II was the third of three sisterships, Athenic, Corinthic, Ionic II, and was launched on the 22nd May, 1902 for the White Star Line service to New Zealand.

Ionic II's maiden voyage began on the 16th, January, 1903 between London and Wellington.

During August, 1914, Ionic II was taken over as a New Zealand Expedition Force troopship.

On the 31st December, 1915, Ionic II was incredibly lucky to be missed by a torpedo in the Mediterranean.

Between 1917 and 1919, Ionic II was controlled under the Liner Requisition Scheme, resuming normal commercial service on the 31st January, 1919.

In 1927, Ionic II came to the rescue of the Grand Banks fishing vessel, Daisy.

In 1929, Ionic II's accommodations were converted to cabin and third class.

In 1934, due to the Cunard White Star merger, Ionic II was transferred to Shaw, Savill and Albion line.

On the 9th September, 1936, Ionic II made her 79th, and final voyage to New Zealand, and back to Avonmouth.

On the 6th January, 1937, Ionic II was sold for £31,500, and broken up in Japan. Ionic II's bell is in the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

 

 

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