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City of Rome

Anchor Line

Image of ss City of Rome (Anchor Line)

Length: 560 ft.
Breadth: 52 ft.
Draft (or Depth): Draft
Tonnage: 8,400 (gross)
Engines: Engines
Speed: Speed
Builder: Barrow Shipbuilding Co.,
Launched: June 14, 1881
Maiden Voyage: October 13, 1881
Disposition: Disp.

Port of Registry: Glasgow, Scotland
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Black
Company flag: White swallow-tail, a red anchor placed diagonally
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters:
Details: 3 funnels; 4 masts


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Mentioned during the testimony of Hugh Young as the fastest vessel he'd commanded.


October 13, 1881

Maiden voyage: Liverpool - Queenstown - New York.

After only six voyages the Inman Line rejected City of Rome owing to inadequate performance. The shipbuilders and owners found themselves in court where Inman came out on top and Barrow was forced to take the vessel back.

August 1882

Following litigation with the original owner, the shipbuilder sold the ship to the Barrow Steam Ship Co. Ltd., a subsiduary, where it was operated by Anchor Line

May 1883

The vessel was placed on Anchor's Liverpool-New York route but lack of a suitable running mate made the venture unprofitable.


The vessel was withdrawn from Liverpool and moved to the Glasgow-New York route

September 1898

Chartered to repatriate Spanish naval POWs captured by the United States.

September 4, 1899

Damaged in a collision with an iceberg.




Image Courtesy: Old Ship Photo Galleries (http://www.photoship.co.uk) Used with permission