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Runic II

Runic II was the fourth of the quintet of Jubilee Class liners to be constructed at the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff. Although part of the Jubilee Class, they were structurally different to the three earlier-built members of the class in that they had a slightly longer poop.

Runic II was launched on October 25th, 1900, and her maiden voyage to Cape Town and Sydney followed just a couple of months later, on January 3rd, 1901.

On November 25th, 1901, Runic II towed the crippled Union Castle liner Dunattor Castle into Dakar.

Like all of her sister vessels, Runic II was requisitioned during World War 1 and was operated under the Liner Requisition Scheme between 1917 - 1919.

On November 3rd, 1920, Runic II collided with HMS London off Gourock Pier on the River Clyde.

In 1930, Runic II was sold to Chr. Salvesons Sevilla Whaling Co. and converted as a whaling fleet factory ship in Germany. She was renamed New Sevilla.

New Sevilla was lost on the 20th September, 1940 when she was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by German U-Boat U-138, and sank with the loss of two lives.

 

 

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