HMHS Franconia

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HMHS Franconia
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RMS Franconia passing Castle Island in Boston Harbor
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Name HMHS Franconia
Owner Cunard Line
Builder Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle upon Tyne
Yard number 857
Launched 23 Jul 1910
Completed 1911
In service February 1911
Out of service 4 Oct 1916
Fate Sunk on 4 Oct 1916 by UB-47
General characteristics
Type Ocean Liner
Tonnage 18,150 tons
Length 625 ft (191 m)
Beam 71 ft (22 m)
Depth (12.3m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 17 knots (31.48 km/h)
Capacity 2,850 passengers, 314 crew


An Ocean Liner operated by the Cunard Line on the Liverpool to Boston USA route until 1915.

In early 1915 she was taken into service as a troop transport, and on 4 Oct 1916 while heading for Marseille from Alexandria she was torpedoed by the German U-Boat UB-47 when 325 km east of Malta. She was not carrying troops at the time, but 12 of the crew of 314 perished. HMHS Dover Castle saved the others.

Soldiers carried

Malta to England 25 August - 8 September 1915

Gibraltar to England 10 - 12 November 1915

Alexandria, Egypt to England May - June 1916