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History
Name SS Saxon
Builder/Built 1900 Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Type Passenger / cargo ship
Displacement 12,385 tons
Speed knots


Remarks

Originally ordered by the Union Steam Shipping Co, she was sold while being fitted out to the Union-Castle Mail Steam Shipping Co. Used on the UK-South Africa route.


During World War I Saxon remained on commercial service, although her third-class was devoted to troop-carrying on occasion. (Since Southampton had become a military port when the war began, Saxon's British terminus was moved to London.) From 1917 on, she was used full-time for trooping, primarily in the Mediterranean, and after the Armistice she repatriated Australian troops before being refitted for passenger service again.

Saxon resumed her Union-Castle service in 1919, and remained on the mail service through 1930. She made her final sailing on the intermediate service in January 1931 and was then laid up as a "reserve" ship. She was scrapped at Blyth in 1935, the last survivor of the Union Line flee

Soldiers carried

England to Fremantle 21 September - 11 December 1918

England to Tasmania 11 December 1918 - 31 January 1919