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Red Star Line

Image of ss Manitou (Red Star Line)

Length: 475 ft.
Breadth: 52 ft.
Draft (or Depth):
Tonnage: 6,848 (gross)
Engines: Triple expansion engine; 763 n.h.p.; single screw
Speed: 13 knots
Builder: Furness, Withy & Co., West Hartlepool, (Yard No. 321)
Launched: July 31, 1897
Maiden Voyage: September 4, 1897
Disposition: 1925 - Broken up in Italy.

Port of Registry: Antwerp, Belgium
Flag of Registry: Belgian
Funnel color: Black; white band.
Company flag: White swallow-tail pennant with a red star
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: M N M
Details: Official number 106971; single screw; single funnel; four masts.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Mentioned during testimony of Gerhard Apfeld - Marine Superintendent of the Red Star Line.


Originally built as the Victoria Leyland Line she was one of five ships nearly completed which were purchased by the Atlantic Transport Line to replace it's vessels that were requisitioned by the U.S. government for use in the Spanish-American War.

July 31, 1897

Launched by Furness, Withy & Co., West Hartlepool, (Yard No. 321)

September 4, 1897

Maiden voyage (as Victoria). Renamed Manitou on second voyage.

February 1898 and February 1905

Made 54 crossings for the Atlantic Transport Line.

August 24, 1905

Entered Red Star Line service on their Antwerp - Philadelphia route.

1915 - 1918

Served as a British military transport during World War I. During the course of her service she was unsuccessfully attacked several times and survived the war to return to Red Star Line's service.


Transferred to the White Star Line for their Bremen - Southampton - Quebec - Montreal service.


Broken up in Italy.