The GEORGIC was designed on ambitious lines with an almost straight stem, cruiser stern, and the then fashionable squat funnels with tops parallel to the deck.
, A survey of the ship was then carried out by the Admiralty and the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), and a decision was made to send the ship back to Harland and Wolff in Belfast to be completely rebuilt into a troopship. We ship Worldwide and Postage is higher to other countries. beyond them are the piers for the French Line, Greek Line and United States Lines. For five hours the RECORDER battled to bring her charge head to wind, and in the process the tug ST SAMPSON was damaged. The BRITANNIC's boat deck, port side, looking aft. Georgic then made a variety of journeys from Liverpool and Glasgow to the Middle East via the Cape, along with journeys between Liverpool, New York and Canada. In January 1949 the GEORGIC made her first sailing on the Liverpool - Suez - Fremantle - Melbourne - Sydney run with 1,200 'assisted passages'. One week later on 14 July 1941, while she was anchored off Port Tewfik waiting to embark 800 Italian detainees, German aircraft, sweeping the waterway for targets, spotted her and proceeded to attack. In November 1932 the GEORGIC's sailing was brought forward by two days in order that she could fit in with the postal arrangements for Christmas mail to the United States. The BRITANNIC (left) is lying on Cunard's New York berth. After a successful career as a Liner in the 1930s, Georgic was pressed into service as a troopship in 1940. She was part of the convoy which had to be left almost unprotected during the hunt for the BISMARCK. The GEORGIC was under repeated air attack and was indeed fortunate in not being hit. By downloading or embedding any media, you agree to the terms and conditions of the IWM Non Commercial Licence, including your use of the attribution statement specified by IWM. During the summers 1950 - 1954, the GEORGIC was chartered back to Cunard and she made seven round voyages to New York each year as a one-class liner. I'll be very sorry to see her go." She was part of a convoy which had to be left almost unprotected due to the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck, but arrived safely on 7 July and the troops on board were disembarked. For this item, that is: © IWM D 25625. Non-Commercial educational use for the purpose of teaching and instruction, including internal training. Show more. Meanwhile they were joined by another tug, the PAULINE MOLLER and the British steamer HARESFIELD. , Although not the largest or fastest Liners of their time, Georgic and Britannic proved popular, and were in the early-1930s the two most profitable ships in White Star Line's fleet, partly due to their lower running costs and more affordable ticket prices compared to the traditional steamships.
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Georgic was chartered for six round transatlantic voyages during 1950, and seven round voyages per season during 1951–54. Any problems that were encountered were resolved by the foremen concerned by sending in extra men to assist temporarily with the work that had fallen behind and bring the construction work back to its timetable. Free exhibitions held in venues, which do not charge an entry fee. On 28th March 1934, Royal assent was given to the North Atlantic Shipping Bill by which Cunard - White Star was formed, and registered on 10th May. During October the ship had its holes and openings temporarily plugged and then the water was pumped out to refloat the vessel. Catalogue number D 25625 Part of MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND … After trials the GEORGIC left Belfast for Liverpool on 16th December 1944, three years and five months since she was bombed at Port Tewfik. The BRITANNIC was probably the largest and finest cabin-class liner in the world when she first came out and introduced new standards of accommodation on the Liverpool to New York route. ___________________________________________________________, Built by Harland & Wolff at Belfast in 1932. In the late-1920s, White Star Line had planned to build two new liners to replace their ageing fleet, both of which were to be motorships rather than traditional steamships: a 1,000 foot (300 m) long superliner known as Oceanic, and a smaller more economic liner of a similar design known as Britannic.
By the end of hostilities, the BRITANNIC had carried 180,000 service personnel and had steamed 367,000 miles on war service. 7 and 8, which exploded. Shortly afterwards she foundered and her crew were picked up by the hospital ship DORSETSHIRE, which was passing at the time. The GEORGIC left Port Sudan on 5th March 1942 and was towed by T. & J. Harrison's RECORDER, with the tug ST SAMPSON steering from astern. Shortly afterwards she sailed for Belfast, but had to anchor in Bangor Bay until 5th July awaiting a berth. conditions, bound for Princes Landing Stage, Liverpool.
As she started to sink, the order was soon given to abandon ship, and all on board managed to escape via the lifeboats. The GEORGIC's final voyage was from Hong Kong to Liverpool with 800 troops, and she arrived on 19th November 1955. Do you have 5 minutes to help us improve our website? The hull was plugged and on 2nd December the GEORGIC was taken in tow by the CLAN CAMPBELL and the CITY OF SYDNEY. You can download low-resolution, watermarked files from the IWM website free of charge, for private and non-commercial use under the IWM Non-Commercial Licence. The GEORGIC disembarking troops at Liverpool's Princes Landing Stage in 1946. Unlike her sister, the GEORGIC had a rounded bridge front.
, Georgic's powerplant was identical to that of her sister, consisting of two 10 cylinder four stroke Burmeister & Wain diesel engines. , On 5 March 1942, Georgic left Port Sudan under tow of the Harrison Line's liner Recorder and the tug Sampson, which later proved to be too small for the task and had to slip after one day. Only the tugs which brought her in were dressed overall in honour of this last voyage. The world-famous 'Market Diner' can just be distinguished directly across. In early 1933, she replaced the aging RMS Olympic on the Southampton–New York route for a brief time while that vessel was overhauled. Between January 1949 and October 1953 Georgic was operated on the UK-Australia emigrant service, operated by Cunard, but chartered by the Australian government. She operated principally carrying troops across the Atlantic, but made occasional trooping voyages round Africa to Suez. As Georgic had no power, light or accommodation, she had to be towed as an abandoned hulk; as no tugs were available, two British cargo ships, Clan Campbell and City of Sydney were allocated to the task. These were the relatively new motorships BRITANNIC and GEORGIC. She was built for the Liverpool–New York route and ran in tandem with Britannic. For twelve hours the RECORDER and the GEORGIC rode out the gale and then, as the winds abated, cautiously swung back through 180-degrees to resume their course. Yard No: 807, Official Number: 162316 Signal Letters: G D X F, Gross Tonnage: 27,666 Nett: 15,811 Length: 683.6 feet Breadth: 82.4 feet. In 1939 the GEORGIC reverted to the Liverpool - New York service and made five round trans-Atlantic voyages on commercial service with cargo and passengers, although she was hampered by the fact that Americans had been ordered not to travel on her as she was a belligerent ship. She made her last voyage to Australia in August that year. On 30th December 1933 the Directors of the Cunard Line and the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company (the White Star Line) met to put together details of a merger. The BRITANNIC's passenger accommodation was originally designed for 504 cabin-class passengers, 551 in 'tourist-third-cabin' and 498 in third class. The BRITANNIC's bell and steam-operated, triple-chime whistle are stored at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Use on websites that are primarily information-led, research-oriented and not behind a paywall. The new ship was named BRITANNIC and was designed for cabin and tourist-class servicce on the Liverpool - New York run in the summer months, plus extensive winter cruising. Following the successful completion of these trials, the new ship returned to Belfast, and left again on 21st June for Liverpool. That year, the United States' War Department published, Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer, MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION, SERVICEMEN'S LINER - THE BRITISH TROOPSHIP "GEORGIC": ARMY TRANSPORT, LIVERPOOL, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, UK, c JULY 1945, CONTINGENT ARRIVES IN ENGLAND FOR VICTORY PARADE, LIVERPOOL, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND, UK, 1946. Built at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, the MV Georgic was the last ship built for the White Star Line before its merger with the Cunard Line.She was the running mate of Britannic.Like Britannic, Georgic was a motorship, and not a steamer, fitted with a diesel powerplant. Breaking up operations commenced in early February 1961 when the interior fittings were stripped out; many of these were sold at auction. Following repatriation work, the BRITANNIC was released in March 1947 and sent to Harland & Wolff at Liverpool who gave her a complete refit before she re-entered service on the Liverpool - New York service.
The BRITANNIC alongside her berth at Pier 92, New York, as the. She would be the second White Star ship to bear the name Georgic; an earlier SS Georgic had served the company between 1895 and 1916. The salvage crew responsible for the GEORGIC lived on board the RECORDER and every few days boarded the liner from a motor launch in order to pump out a steady ingress of water.
Soldiers wave goodbye from a boat control station on board the SS GEORGIC as she leaves Liverpool for the Middle East. In December, Georgic, now afloat and at an anchorage, had its temporary plugs replaced by more permanent concrete boxes to make the vessel seaworthy. However she was withdrawn from sale when she was chartered by the Australian government for one more season on the emigrant run. The tug was rapidly filling with water and slipped her tow rope and headed down wind. Wilford of the RECORDER was later invested with the OBE. Her hull was divided into eight holds by twelve main bulkheads. With sea travel rapidly being overtaken by the airlines in the late 1950s, this was cancelled and in 1961 the SYLVANIA took over the Liverpool - Cobh - New York service and remained on the route until the final sailing in November 1966. Bombed and sunk July 1941, salvaged by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd October 1941, refloated and refurbished 1942-1944, resumed service as a troop transport in 1945, resumed civilian service 1948, scrapped 1956. Unlike her sister, the GEORGIC had a rounded bridge front. The solution was to provide finance to complete the two Cunard Queens, and to amalgamate the two companies. Georgic's final voyage was from Hong Kong to Liverpool in November 1955, carrying 800 troops, when she arrived on 19 November, she was withdrawn from service. In the winter of 1954/55 the GEORGIC resumed 'assisted passage' voyages to Australia, and on 16th April 1955 she arrived at Liverpool with troops from Japan. She was designed as a cabin-class ship, but her passengers had surroundings and comfort equal to those provided in any de-luxe liner of the day. At the time these were the largest and most powerful engines of their type constructed; they were coupled to two propellers, and could produce 20,000 brake horsepower; these could propel the ship at a design service speed of 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph), although she often averaged 18.5 knots in service. Beginning on 29 December, they first towed Georgic to Port Sudan taking 13 days. She left Liverpool for New York, via Cobh, for the last time on 11th November 1960. The Harrison Line's RECORDER towed the GEORGIC from Port Sudan, to Karachi, a distance of 2,100 miles in 26 days.
, On 17 December 1944 Georgic resumed service as a troop transport between Italy, the Middle East and India. The forward funnel was a dummy and contained a smokeroom for the engineer officers, plus fresh water and hot water storage tanks.
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