HMS Sarnia

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HMS Sarnia
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Name HMS Sarnia
Builder Cammell Laird & Co, Birkenhead
Yard number 765
Launched 9 Jul 1910
Out of service 12 Sep 1918
Fate Torpedoed and sunk
General characteristics
Type Channel Packet
Tonnage 1,505 tons
Length 284.6 ft (86.75m)
Beam 39.1 ft (11.92m)
Depth 15.8 ft (4.82m)
Propulsion triple screw steamer
Speed 20 knots (37.04 km/h)
Capacity crew of 48


Built for the London and South Western Railway at a cost of £75,000. She plied the route to the Channel Islamds until the war was declared.

Requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914, she served primarily as an armed boarding vessel HMS Sarnia, although during the landings at Gallipoli she carried the Australian 28th Infantry Battalion from Mudross to Anzac Cove. On 28 Oct 1915 she collided with HMS Hythe in the Dardanelles, with the Hythe sinking with 154 deaths.

Sarnia was torpedoed by German U-Boat U-65 and sank just of Alexandria on 12 Sep 1918 with the loss of 53 men.

Soldiers carried

Mudros to Gallipoli 10 September 1915