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Cunard Line

Image of ss Campania (Cunard Line)

Length: 601 ft.
Breadth: 63.2 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 29.9 ft.
Tonnage: 12,950 (gross)

Two five-cylinder triple expansion engines producing 31000 s.h.p.

Speed: 22 knots
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland
Launched: September 8, 1892
Maiden Voyage: April 22, 1893
Disposition: November 5, 1918 - Vessel sank following collision.

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Red; black top; three narrow black bands
Company flag: Red; at center a golden lion holding a globe
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters:
Details: Steel; 2 funnels; 2 masts - 2; accommodation - 600 1st class, 400 2nd class, 1,000 3rd class


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Referred to several times during the course of the two inquiries.


September 22, 1891

Keel laid.

September 8, 1892

Launched at Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Govan, Scotland, for the Cunard Line.

April 22, 1893

Maiden voyage: Liverpool - New York. On the return voyage Campania set a new record passage of 5 days 17 hours and 27 minutes.

June 1893

Set the west bound record passage.

July 21, 1900

On a return trip from New York Campania collided with the Embleton, a Liverpool registered barque, breaking the latter in two. Lifeboats saved seven of the Embleton's crew of eighteen.


Became the first vessel to be fitted with a Marconi Wireless Telegraph.

October 1905

A freak wave hit the ship in the mid-Atlantic and 5 steerage passengers were swept away. And further 29 passengers were injured. This was the first time Cunard had lost any passengers through accident.

April 14, 1914

Campania made its 250th Atlantic crossing. Upon its return it was briefly chartered to the Anchor Line

World War I almost certainly kept Campania from the breakers torch. At the outbreak of hostilities she was bought by the Admiralty and converted to carry seaplanes for the precursor to the Fleet Air Arm.

April 17, 1915.

Commissioned by the Admiralty as a seaplane vessel. with a 160 ft. long wooden flight deck.

April 30, 1915

Campania left the Mersey to join the grand fleet in Scapa Flow. Soon after its arrival the Campania made history for the Royal Navy by being the first ship to launch aircraft whilst under way.

November 5, 1918

During strong winds the ship collided with the battleship Royal Oak, which in turn collided with HMS Glorious. A gaping hole was torn in Campania's port side and she began taking on water. In just over three hours time the vessel sank.



Courtesy: John P. Eaton. Used with permission.
Image Courtesy: Old Ship Photo Galleries (www.photoship.co.uk) Used with permission.