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White Star Line

Image of ss Republic (White Star Line)

Length: 570 ft.
Breadth: 67 ft.
Draft (or Depth): 24 ft.
Tonnage: 15378 (gross), 14301 (underdeck), 9742 (net)
Speed: 16 knots
Builder: Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 345)
Launched: February 26, 1903
Maiden Voyage: October 1, 1903
Disposition: January 23, 1909 - Collided with another vessel and sank.

Port of Registry: Liverpool, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Buff; black top
Company flag: Red swallow tailed pennant with white star
Signal Letters: V F P K
Wireless call letters:
Details: Official number was 118043; steel; one funnel; twin screw; 4 masts; 5 decks; 12 watertight compartments


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Republic's sinking and subsequent rescue of her passengers and crew were referred to many times during the course of the two inquiries.


February 26, 1903

Launched by Harland and Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 345) as Columbus for the Dominion Line. Following the International Mercantile Marine Company's takeover of both White Star and Dominion lines, as well as others, it was decided to shift the vessel, and the Liverpool - Boston route to White Star. Renamed Republic.

October 1, 1903

Maiden voyage as Columbus.

January 23, 1909

While on the eastbound leg of her crossing collided with ss Florida and sank the following day. Said to be the first use of wireless telegraph to summon help for a vessel in distress.


Image Courtesy: Jeff Newman and greatships.net