british Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines) RMS Aragon [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1905
status
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details
weight (tons) 9588  grt
dimensions 156.4 x 18.4 x 9.4 m
engine Quadruple expansion engines
power 827  n.h.p.
speed 15  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 30/12/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.610rank: 198
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builder
Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
owner
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London
captain Capt. Bateman
complement 200
no. of passengers 2500
about the wreck
depth (m.) 90 max. / -- min. (m)
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war grave
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 22/03/2009
last update Lettens Jan
last update 30/12/2013
 
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Allen Tony22/03/2009The liner Aragon, Capt. F. Bateman, was taken over by the British government from the R.M.S.P. Co. during the First World War.

She was employed as an auxiliary transport and in December, 1917, was bringing reinforcements to the army operating in Palestine under General Alienby. The ship was full to capacity, having no less than 2,700 persons on board, of which number about 2,500 were troops.

On her arrival at Alexandria on December 30th, 1917, the ship was permitted to enter the harbour, but later was ordered out again. She anchored outside without any protection from submarine attacks, for which she was an easy target.

This piece of indiscretion on the part of the authorities did not remain long unpunished, for the Aragon was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC-34 with a total loss of 610 persons, of whom 19 were crew, including Capt. Bateman.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Lettens Jan30/12/2013When destroyer HMS ATTACK and armed trawler HMT POINTS CASTLE came to rescue the torpedoed troopship RMS ARAGON, HMS Attack herself, having rescued 300 to 400 men from ARAGON, was torpedoed by UC-34 and sunk.

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About Owners
 
Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Ltd. (Royal Mail Lines), London

Founded as the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1839. Services between the UK and the Caribbean and Central America and North America.

Purchased the White Star Line in 1927.

In 1932, changed name to Royal Mail Line and re-organisation after scandal and losses.

In 1965 RML was purchased by Furness, Withy & Co.

Lloyd's reference: 1188.


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 Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast & Glasgow
Harland and Wolff was formed in 1861 by Edward James Harland and Hamburg-born Gustav Wilhelm Wolff. Based in Belfast at Queen’s Island, Harland and Wolff are a huge and very important shipbuilding company. The shipbuilding complex is only one of two yards left in the U.K. capable of building large merchant ships. The yard was most well known for building high-class transatlantic passenger liners and was considered to be the best in the world. The company has built over 1700 ships at four yards and has been in operation for over 135 years.

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