HMT Golden Eagle

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HMT Golden Eagle
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Name HMT Golden Eagle
Owner The General Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London
Builder John Brown & Co Ltd, Clydebank
Yard number 386
Launched 17 Apr 1909
Completed 9 Jun 1909
In service 1909
Out of service 1949
Fate brolen up 1951
General characteristics
Type Steal Paddle Steamer
Tonnage 793 tons
Length 275.7 ft (84.0m)
Beam 32.1 ft (9.78m)
Depth 10.1 ft (3.08m)
Propulsion Two side mounted paddle wheels


Built for The General Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. She served with the Royal Navy in both world wars. Used for troop transport during WW1, with an incomplete conversion to minelayer halted in 1918.

At teh beginning of WW2 she assisted withthe transfer of children from London to safer towns and ciies, transfering more than 3,000 to Great Yarmouth. In Jan 1940 she was requisitioned as an anti-aircraft ship for the Dunkirk evacuation. In addition she evacuated 1,751 British soldiers. Later used as an accommodation ship, before returning to its owners in June 1945 for coastal service. Laid up 1949, and broken up in 1951 by T W Ward Ltd at Grays, Essex.

Soldiers carried

Folkestone to Étaples 11 November 1916

Folkestone to Étaples 10 December 1916

Folkestone to Étaples 17 December 1916

Folkestone to Étaples 25 February 1917

Folkestone to Étaples 28 February 1917