SS Celtic

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RMS Celtic.jpg
Name RMS Celtic
Builder/Built 1901 Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Type Ocean Liner (twin screw)
Displacement 20,904 tons
Speed 16 knots


Built for the White Star Line and used on the trans Atlantic route. Converted into a troop ship in January 1916 when she was used to carry soldiers to Egypt.

She was put back on the transatlantic route in March 1916. In 1917, Celtic struck a mine off the Isle of Man. Seventeen people on board were killed, but the Celtic survived. A number of passengers were rescued by the London and North Western Railway ship Slieve Bawn. Celtic was towed to Peel Bay and repaired in Belfast. In March 1918, U-Boat UB-77 torpedoed Celtic in the Irish Sea. Six people on board were killed, but again Celtic remained afloat. Eventually the damaged vessel was towed to Liverpool and repaired again.

Returned to peacetime activity, she was to be involved in two collisions with other ships, and on 10 Dec 1928 she became stranded on the Cow and Calf rocks, adjacent to Roches Point at the entry to Cobn, southern Ireland. Unable to be moved she was eventually dismantled for scrap.

Soldiers carried

Liverpool to USA 31 July - ? August 1919