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.