SS China

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SS China
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Name SS China
Owner Donald R Macgregor, Bothwell
Builder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan
Yard number 339
Launched 29 Jun 1889
In service 6 Sep 1889
Out of service August 1925
Fate broken up
General characteristics
Type Passenger Liner
Tonnage 5,061 tons
Length 440.4 ft (134.21m)
Beam 48.1 ft (14.66m)
Depth 32.8 ft (9.96m)
Propulsion single screw
Speed 17 knots (31.48 km/h)


Built for Pacific Mail Steamship Company and used on the US west coast to Asia routes, with ownership changes in 1890 (China Steam Ship Co Ltd - mng Harry E Robson, London) and 1897 (Pacific Mail Steamship Co, Honolulu & New York - HAW flag), before being registered to the US flag in 1899, having been charted by the US Government to move troops during the war with Spain in 1898.

In 1915 sold to the Atlantic Transport Company of West Virginia and sold on to the China Mail Steamship Corporation in 1917. Laid up in 1923 and sent to the wreckers two years later, bought by Chiu On Steam Ship Co. Ltd. Hong Kong.

Soldiers carried

England to Fremantle 1 May - 1 June 1919