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|Builder/Built||1900 Harland & Wolff, Belfast|
|Type||Passenger / cargo ship|
Originally ordered by the Union Steam Shipping Co, she was sold while being fitted out to the Union-Castle Mail Steam Shipping Co. Used on the UK-South Africa route.
During World War I Saxon remained on commercial service, although her third-class was devoted to troop-carrying on occasion. (Since Southampton had become a military port when the war began, Saxon's British terminus was moved to London.) From 1917 on, she was used full-time for trooping, primarily in the Mediterranean, and after the Armistice she repatriated Australian troops before being refitted for passenger service again.
Saxon resumed her Union-Castle service in 1919, and remained on the mail service through 1930. She made her final sailing on the intermediate service in January 1931 and was then laid up as a "reserve" ship. She was scrapped at Blyth in 1935, the last survivor of the Union Line flee