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Atlantic Transport Line

Image of ss Mesaba (Atlantic Transport Line)

Length: 482 ft.
Breadth: 55 ft.
Draft (or Depth):
Tonnage: 6,833 (gross)
Engines: Triple expansion engine; 772 n.h.p.
Speed: 13 knots
Builder: Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 319)
Launched: September 11, 1897
Maiden Voyage: March 3, 1898
Disposition: September 1, 1918 - Torpedoed.

Port of Registry: London, England
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel color: Red; black top
Company flag: Three horizontal stripes; red, white, blue; two rows of six stars in each stripe; white stars on red and blue stripes, blue stars on white.
Signal Letters:
Wireless call letters: M M V
Details: Official number 109392; single screw; one funnel; four masts.


Relationship to Titanic disaster / inquiries.

Mentioned during the inquiries. Mesaba was one of the vessels which intercepted Titanic's distress calls during the sinking.


September 11, 1897

Launched by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Ireland, (Yard No. 319), for the Wilson & Furness-Leyland Line as the Winifreda. She was one of five sister ships purchased on July 21, 1897, by the Atlantic Transport Line on or soon after completion to replace ships bought by the U.S. government for use in the Spanish-American War. The Atlantic Transport Line paid an average of £140,000 for each of these ships.

March 3, 1898

Maiden voyage.

June 1898

Last voyage for her original owners; London - New York.

April 1912

Mesaba sent ice warnings that were received by the Titanic before the latter collided with an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage. Her messages were said to have not reached the bridge on Titanic.

September 1, 1918

Torpedoed by U-118, and sank in St. George's Channel 21 miles from Tuskar Rock, while making a convoy voyage from Liverpool to Philadelphia in ballast. Twenty lives were lost, including that of the ship' commander.


Image Courtesy: Jeff Newman and greatships.net