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Introduction in Brief:
Euripides was a
The “Euripides” was laid down at the Harland and Wolff Yard N° 439 in 1913, and launching her on January 29, 1914 and completing her on June 6.
On June 14, she departed with a large party of officials and media and other guests for her Sea Trials, which went very well as she achieved a speed trial of 16.5 maximum speed, but she would operate at a service speed of 15 knots.
S.S. Euripides looked relatively similar to her “Aberdeen Line’s” running mates, the “Themistocles” and “Demosthenes”. Although, with the “Euripides” having a length of 569 ft - 173 m and beam of 67.4 ft 20.5 m Euripides was 50 ft (15 m) longer and 5.4 ft (1.6 m) broader. As built, her tonnages were 14,947 GRT (Gross Registered Tons), 9,399 NRT (Net Registered Tons) and about 25,000 tons displacement, and thus she was the largest ship in Line’s fleet.
She featured the traditional Aberdeen Line’s livery of a Green hull with red boot topping, a white superstructure and a yellow funnel, with her masts and all cargo handling equipment being in buff. However, later her hull was changed to being in the more traditional black with a red boot topping.
work of art of the S.S. Euripides with her original green hull berthed at
This fine work of art was by the late; William Lionel Wyllie
In addition the “Euripides” had a double bottom for the full length of her hull. Her hull was divided’ into watertight compartments, in order that she could remain afloat if any two were fully flooded.
The S.S. Euripides was technically a two class ship, even though she did offer an immigrant Steerage class, which would be used whenever there was a need.
First class facilities were located on the following decks; Bridge Deck, Boat Deck, Main Deck and Awning Deck. Whilst Third Cass was on located the Poop and T’ween Decks. The space for the 750 Steerage passengers would most likely have been in two converted holds, which was done in a good number of ships in those days, for I could not located any other permanent accommodation on board.
Her holds were refrigerated and had a capacity for 245,593 cubic feet of cargo. There were a total of seven hatches, served by 19 winches.
The “Euripides” had three screws, which were driven by a pair of four-cylinder triple-expansion steam engines which drove her port and starboard screws. And an exhaust steam engine, from low-pressure cylinders, powered a low-pressure steam turbine that drove her middle screw. The combined power output of her three engines was rated at 1,401 NHP and gave her a service speed of 15 knots.
Her First Class facilities were pleasant and well finished with some touches of fine dark timber touches ivory walls and ceilings and fine furnishings. Sadly, I do not have many photographs of her Public Venues, but those I do will provide a general picture of what she was like on board, and what she type of ship she was to sail on!
I will commence with the First Class Venues and Cabins, then the Third Class, but sadly there is nothing available on the Steerage accommodations, which is usually very basic located in the bow section and sleeping venues was located in large dormitories, which was often in converted holds, for steerage would only be carried when requested and was not a regular transport for the ship.
Not a First Class facility, but it is nice to see that the Captain ensures that you will get there safely!
Boat Deck aft
Above & below: This intimate Lounge is dived with the Library and writing Room
The beautiful Dining Saloon
A popular deck space for having a drink, or just to read a book
An inside two bed cabin
A single cabin
A two or three berth cabin
The ships Gym
The Smoking Room, there was a pleasant Lounge and Dining Room available as well
The Promenade Deck and aft deck
A typical 4 Berth cabin
was built to operate scheduled services between
The S.S. Euripides is seen during her maiden voyage
She called at
September 24, 1914 at
September 24, 1914 at
H.M.A.T. Euripides A14 is seen departing
Gun crew aboard the troopship H.M.A.T. Euripides A14
Some of the enlisted med are seen in the mess for a meal
She is one
her way to the
Although she reverted to British government
control in 1915 and continued on the
Euripides is seen arriving at
She completed seven transport voyages from
During that time carried forty-four Infantry Battalion Reinforcements, the 6th Light Horse Regiment and the 11th Reinforcements, the 7th Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcements, Light Trench Mortar Battery, 1st Reinforcements (Artillery) & Medical Officers.
From February 1919 she repatriated Australian troops, and during this including her war service, the H.M.A.T. Euripides steamed 208,307 miles and carried 38,439 troops.
May 10, 1915 from
boarded the “Euripides” at
2, 1915 from
Troops boarding, with other waiting to board the “Euripides” in May 1916
Nurses are seen on board the “Euripides”
Above: A group of Australian nurses are seen ready to depart
September 9, 1916 from
September 11, 1916 from
31, 1917 from
1918 Euripides was equipped for wireless telegraphy, operated by
the Marconi Company. Her call sign was MSE.
By 1918 Euripides was equipped for wireless telegraphy, operated by the Marconi Company. Her call sign was MSE.
Early in 1919 she was given a radical change of war livery of light angled and curved stripping all over her grey hull, and she looked hideous to say the least during the final year of her troop ship duties!
She is seen
In 1919 she basically returned to her regular
After her troop
service “Euripides” was overhauled at
In 1922 the company
took delivery of a pair of new
12,300 GRT liners, Sophocles and Diogenes. In
March 1923 Euripides' route was changed to
serve Southampton instead of
Euripides is seen at the Brisbane Hamilton wharfs cold stores loading butter
1927 Euripides was laid up for five months in the Firth of
Clyde. She then went into a service between Liverpool and
“Euripides” is seen arriving at
In November 1929, management was transferred to the “White Star Line”, but “George Thompson & Co Ltd” (Aberdeen Line) continued to be her owner. Also in 1930 the “Euripides was” equipped with wireless direction finding apparatus.
Photograph Above: She entered
With “White Star Line” being in huge financial difficulties, due to its owner Lord Kylsant having overspent so greatly and being in a huge debt, it ended up that on July 20, 1931 the “Royal Mail Case” opened at the ‘Old Bailey’, which sadly led to the collapse of the White Star Line’s parent company The company being unable to repay its debt, and its ships serving on the Australian route were sold to a new company, the “Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line Ltd” in 1933
However, it was
in July 1932 that “Shaw, Savill & Albion” took over the
“Aberdeen Line” and all their ships, including the
“Euripides”, which was sent to the yards of “R. & W.
Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, Ltd” at Hepburn,
Her First Class
cabins were enlarged and greatly modernised when completed there were now
accommodated 200 passengers in an excellent Cabin Class. In addition a new
modern fully equipped Gymnasium as well as Swimming Pool was added. Whilst
the old third class section was completely converted into additional cargo
space, increasing her total refrigerated cargo capacity to 442,680 cubic feet, 12,535 m3. During
the refit, she was converted from coal to oil burning. Her refit saw her
tonnage change to 15,128 GRT and 9,461 NRT. “Shaw,
Savill and Albion” had renamed her, “Akaroa” and
she was now registered at
A Shaw, Savill & Albion postcard of their newly acquired and refurbished R.M.S. Akaroa
Her new regular
service was from Southampton to
Savill” offered 100-day holidays from
The precise route was: Southampton,
Fares & Sailings for 1933 for their three ships on this service
R.M.S. Akaroa, S.S. Mataroa & S.S. Tamaroa
departed Southampton on her first voyage to
The R.M.S. is seen
during on her maiden voyage to
In 1934 the “Akaroa’s” code letters ‘JFRC’ were withdrawn and she was given the call sign ‘GMLP’. And later in the 1934 she was also equipped with an echo sounding device.
Another fine postcard of the R.M.S. Akaroa
1936 whilst back in the
is seen berthed at Wellington New
On September 1,
1939, the day the Second World War began, and
the “Akaroa” departed Southampton for
A postcard of the
R.M.S. Akaroa at
war the “Akaroa” continued her services between
Nine of her
eastbound transatlantic crossings were with ‘HX
convoys’. Five of her westbound crossings started with ‘ON
convoys’, three started with ‘OS convoys’, and in 1944
she made one westbound Atlantic crossing to
Then after the
She is seen in a port
war she would served other ports of call as required, calling at
westbound voyage from Liverpool in November and December 1940 she went to
Sydney and Melbourne instead of
westbound voyage in 1944 she called at
The R.M.S. Akaroa is about to dock at Hamilton Wharf Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
On February 28,
1943 the “Akaroa” departed
1943 the “Akaroa” sailed from
1945 “Akaroa” made one voyage to
In the second
half of 1945, S.S. Akaroa was overhauled and refitted on
the River Tyne and returned to service between
R.M.S. Akaroa seen
The S.S. Akaroa
commenced her very last voyage from
S.S. Euripides Specifications & Details
S.S. Euripides Specifications & Details:
Name’s: S.S. Euripides 1914 - 1932.
“ R.M.S. Akaroa 1932 - 1954.
Owner: George Thompson & Co Ltd - 1914.
“ Shaw, Savill & Albion Line - 1932.
“ White Star Line, 1929.
“ Shaw, Savill & Albion Line, 1932.
Built by: Harland
Yard No: 439.
Launched: January 29, 1914.
Completed: June 6, 1914.
Sea Trial: June 14, 1914.
Maiden Voyage: July 1, 1914.
Pennant No: A14 - 1914–17.
Call Sign: MSE by 1918.
Code letters: JFRC to 1933.
Call Sign: GMLP 1934 onward.
Type: Passenger-Cargo Liner.
1914: 14,947 GRT, 9,399 NRT, 25,000 Displacement.
1932: 15,128 GRT, 9,461 NRT.
1945: 15,320 GRT.
Length: 569 ft - 173 m.
Beam: 67.4 ft - 20.5 m.
Draught: 32.11 ft - 10.03 m.
Installed Power: 1,401 NHP.
Engines: 2 × triple-expansion steam engines.
. 1 × low-pressure steam turbine.
1932: Converted from coal to oil burning.
Propellers: Three Screws - 8,300 IHP.
Speed: 15 knots service speed, 16.5 maximum speed.
1914: 140 First Class, 334 Third Class passengers.
. 750 Steerage (only when requested).
1932: 200 Cabin Class passengers.
1946: 190 Cabin Class “ .
1914: 245,593 cubic ft, with refrigerated cargo.
1932: 442,680 cubic ft, with refrigerated cargo.
1914 WW1: Troop Ship No.1.
1939 WW2: Troop Ship No.6.
Sensors and processing systems: Wireless direction finding - by 1930.
“ Echo sounding device - from 1934.
“ Gyrocompass - from 1936).
Fate: Scrapped by “Jos de Smedt
A fine artistic postcard of the R.M.S. Akaroa, ex S.S. Euripides
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