HMHS Brighton

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HMHS Brighton
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Name HMHS Brighton
Owner London, Brighton and South Coast Railway
Builder W Denny & Bros, Dumbarton
Yard number 683
Launched 13 Jun 1903
Completed August 1903
Out of service 25 Aug 1933
Fate wrecked
General characteristics
Type steamship cross channel ferry
Tonnage 1,384 tons
Length 273 ft 6 in (83.36 m)
Beam 34 ft 2 in (10.41 m)
Depth 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Propulsion triple screw
Speed 21 knots (38.89 kmph)
Capacity 149 patients as a hospital ship


Owned by London, Brighton and South Coast Railway before and after her WW1 service. Used on the Newhaven - Dieppe route.

In 1914, Brighton was requisitioned by the Royal Navy for use as a troopship. She was later used as a hospital ship. On 19 Dec 1914, she rescued the survivors of the naval trawler HMT Orianda, which had been sunk by a mine in the North Sea off Scarborough, Yorkshire. Brighton carried the American President Woodrow Wilson back to Dover after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1930, Brighton was sold to W. E. Guinness, who converted her to a private yacht named Roussalka. Her steam turbines were replaced by a diesel engine and one of her two funnels was removed. On 25 August 1933, in thick fog, Roussalka was wrecked on Blood Slate Rock, Freaklin Island, Killary Bay. All passengers and crew were rescued.

Soldiers carried

France to England 11 June 1916

Calais, France to England 1 Aug 1916

Calais to England 12 August 1916

Calais to England 20 August 1916

Calais to England 21 August 1916

Calais to England 29 August 1916

Calais to England 1 September 1916

Calais to England 5 June 1917

Calais to England 25 Jul 1917

France to England 23 Sep 1918

Calais, France to England 22 Oct 1917