SS Sardinia

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SS Sardinia
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Name SS Sardinia
Owner Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Builder Barclay, Curle & Co, Glasgow
Yard number 431
Launched 12 Jun 1902
In service 1902
Out of service 1924
Fate broken up in Japan
General characteristics
Type passenger / cargo
Tonnage 6,574 tons
Length 450ft 3in (137.24m)
Beam 52ft 3in (15.93m)
Depth 27ft 2in (8.28m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 14 knots (25.93 km/h)


Built for the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company as a passenger / cargo vessel. Sardinia spent her entire life in service with P & O, and was eventually sold for scrap. She was taken to Osaka, Japan for demolition on 20 July 1925.

During WW1 she was torpedoed in the starboard bow by a German submarine, whilst in convoy in the Mediterranean. Her passengers and most of the crew were transferred to a warship, but senior officers and some crew remained on board. To prevent one of her forward bulkheads from collapsing, she sailed backwards for over sixty miles (100 kilometers) at a speed of 3.5 knots, eventually arriving in Oran, where temporary repairs were made to allow her to reach Gibraltar whewre permanent repairs were then made.

Soldiers carried

England to Fremantle 19 October 1918 - 16 December 1918

Devonport to Fremantle 19 April - 28 May 1919