british Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line RMS Carpathia [+1918]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1903
status
live live
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weight (tons) 13603  grt
dimensions 164.6 x 19.5 x 11.3 m
material steel
engine 2 x Quadruple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 1341  n.h.p.
speed 16  knots
yard no. 274
IMO/Off. no. 118014
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 17/07/1918  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.5rank: 662
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builder
C. S. Swan & Hunter Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
engine by
Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co. Ltd, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
owner
Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool
captain
no. of crew 163
no. of passengers 57
about the wreck
status hull breaking down
depth (m.) 159 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
position on seabed upright
visibility bad
marine life average
protected
war grave
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entered by Lettens Jan
entered 27/08/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 11/05/2013
 
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Allen Tony26/08/2007The CARPATHIA RMS was famed for rescuing the passengers of the TITANIC disaster. She was built in 1902 by C.S.Swan & Hunter, Wallsend-on-Tyne (engines by Wallsend Slipway Co Ltd) for the Cunard SS Co. She was a 13.555grt, length 540ft xbeam 64,5ft, one funnel, four masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 204-2nd class and 1.,00-3rd class. Launched on 6/8/1902, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown (Cobh) and Boston on 5/5/1903.

After this voyage, she transferred to the Liverpool - Queenstown - New York service on 28/5/1903. On 24/11/1903 she commenced her first New York - Trieste sailing with 1st and 3rd class passengers and on 17/5/1904 resumed New York - Queenstown - Liverpool. On 29/11/1904 she went back to the New York - T rieste route and on 30/5/1905 resumed the New York - Queenstown - Liverpool service. She started her last voyage on this route on 19/9/1905 and was then refitted to carry 100-1st, 200-2nd and 2.250-3rd class passengers. She resumed sailings between Trieste, Fiume, Palermo and New York on 27/10/1905 and on 18/4/1912 arrived in New York with 700 Titanic survivors. She commenced her last Piraeus - Messina - Palermo - Naples - Genoa - Lisbon - New York voyage on 13/4/1915 and transferred to the Liverpool - New York service in July 1915....

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Lettens Jan14/04/2012CARPATHIA

Owned by Cunard S. S. Co.; 540x64.5x37.4; engines.

The Cunard liner Carpathia was bound from Liverpool to the United States when she was attacked by the German submarine U-55 (Oberleutnant zur See Wilhelm Werner), W. of Ireland on July 17th, 1918.

Two torpedoes were fired, the first striking the liner just forward of the engine-room and the second exploding in the engine-room itself. Five men of the engine-room staff were killed by the explosion.

The survivors numbered 215, of whom 57 were passengers. The ship sank at 9.15 a.m. The Carpathia was the ship which had rendered great service in picking up the survivors of the Titanic
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Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. - British & North American RMSP Co - Cunard White Star Line, Liverpool

Abraham Cunard, an American loyalist of German extraction, moved north to Canada after the War of Independence. His son Samuel became one of the leading businessmen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was awarded the Admiralty contract to carry mail by steam ship across the North Atlantic and to carry out the agreement founded the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. . The mail service was inaugurated by 'Britannia' in 1840. In the 1850s the company extended its services to take on a Liverpool-Mediterranean route. In the early 1870s Cunard's supremacy in the North Atlantic was challenged by the White Star Line ; this revitalized the company's performance and it embarked on a programme of new building.


The North Atlantic Companies were hard hit by the 1930s recession and in 1934 Cunard took over White Star to form the Cunard White Star Line . Competition from air travel led to passenger retrenchment from the 1960s. The 'Queen Mary' and 'Queen Elizabeth' were sold but the company launched a new liner, the 'Queen Elizabeth 2' in 1969. In the 1970s the company diversified into cargo carrying. It is at present part of the American Carnival Corporation, with a fleet of three ships, cruising worldwide, including on its traditional transatlantic route.

Lloyd's reference: 1751


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About Builders
 Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co. Ltd, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Originated in 1871.
1873. First compound engine built.
1874 "Engineering" added to title.
1881 New boiler making shop erected.
1897 540 ft Dry dock built.
1899 19 sets of engines built.
 
 
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Allen Tony26/08/2007The CARPATHIA RMS was famed for rescuing the passengers of the TITANIC disaster. She was built in 1902 by C.S.Swan & Hunter, Wallsend-on-Tyne (engines by Wallsend Slipway Co Ltd) for the Cunard SS Co. She was a 13.555grt, length 540ft xbeam 64,5ft, one funnel, four masts, twin screw and a speed of 14 knots. There was passenger accommodation for 204-2nd class and 1.,00-3rd class. Launched on 6/8/1902, she sailed on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Queenstown (Cobh) and Boston on 5/5/1903.

After this voyage, she transferred to the Liverpool - Queenstown - New York service on 28/5/1903. On 24/11/1903 she commenced her first New York - Trieste sailing with 1st and 3rd class passengers and on 17/5/1904 resumed New York - Queenstown - Liverpool. On 29/11/1904 she went back to the New York - T rieste route and on 30/5/1905 resumed the New York - Queenstown - Liverpool service. She started her last voyage on this route on 19/9/1905 and was then refitted to carry 100-1st, 200-2nd and 2.250-3rd class passengers. She resumed sailings between Trieste, Fiume, Palermo and New York on 27/10/1905 and on 18/4/1912 arrived in New York with 700 Titanic survivors. She commenced her last Piraeus - Messina - Palermo - Naples - Genoa - Lisbon - New York voyage on 13/4/1915 and transferred to the Liverpool - New York service in July 1915.

On 17/7/1918 she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-55, 170 miles west by north of Fastnet, Ireland with the loss of 5 lives.
 
 
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