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St. Paul

American Line

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Length: 554 ft.
Breadth: 63 ft.
Draft (or Depth):
Tonnage: 11,629 (gross)
Engines: Quadruple expansion engines powering two propellers
Speed: 19 knots
Builder: W. Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Launched: April 9, 1895
Maiden Voyage: October 9, 1895
Disposition: 1923 - Scrapped

Port of Registry: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Flag of Registry: U. S.
Funnel color: Black; white band below black top
Company flag: White with large blue eagle at center
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: M S P
Details: Steel; twin screw, two funnels, two masts, accommodation: 1,370.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Referred to at various points during the inquiries.


April 9, 1895

Launched by W. Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia for the American Line.

October 9, 1895

Maiden voyage: New York - Southampton


Chartered as an armed cruiser during the Spanish-American War.

November 1900

Struck a submerged object, destroying her starboard propeller. With the resultant loss in friction of the prop blades and the water the starboard engine raced until it too broke up. The vessel required significant repairs before it could return to service.

April 25, 1908

Collided with HMS Gladiator in heavy fog off the Isle of Wight. Both vessels were seriously damaged but St. Paul managed to stay afloat. Gladiator wasn't as lucky and sank shortly after the collision, resulting in the loss of 29 of her crew.

April 1918

Commissioned as a troop transport; renamed Knoxville. Before conversion could be completed the vessel capsized at her beth in New York.

January 9, 1920

Severely damaged by fire during a refit for return to commercial service. Vessel never sailed again.

October 19, 1923

Arrived at Wilhelmshaven for scrapping.