Kura Steamship Co., Ltd. (Stephens, Sutton & Stephens, Managers.)
(Westbound, Bremerhaven to New York via St. John’s Newfoundland)
On 18 March encountered ice at 42 degrees N. 47 degrees 11” W. and continued
in ice for the next ten days, during which time the ice became heavier and more
compact. On 28 March her forward frame and 25 plates were damaged by collision
with field ice and her propeller was damaged.
Arrived new York 2 April and after discharging cargo went to
Morse Drydock and Repair Company, Brooklyn, N.Y. for repairs. Departed New York
eastbound for Algiers and Genoa 13 April. Her captain reported the vessel as
being in the vicinity of the disaster site 14 April, but as they had no wireless
equipment, they were ignorant of the need for help.
The captain later recalled having glimpsed a large liner through
the fog and hearing voices of passengers, but the dense mist prevented him from
learning anything abnormal about the liner. He concentrated on avoiding the
iceberg. He learned at Algiers of the disaster.
Port of registry: Newcastle Flag of registry: British Funnel: Black, yellow band with red star atop upturned crescent Company flag: white, large red star at center with upturned
red crescent beneath Signal letters: L H D J
Steel hull, one funnel, single screw
1 deck (steel) spar deck (iron) web frames
Machinery aft, electric lights
Engines constructed by J. Dickinson, Sutherland. Triple expansion 3 cyl. 22.5’.
,36.5’, 60’ by 39’ stroke 266 N.H.P.
100 pounds operating pressure Captain: G.A. Roach Tonnages: 2,382 gross, 2. 310 underdeck, 1,512 net Dimensions: length: 294 ft. Width: 37.7 ft. depth: 20.2 ft.
1889 Built by Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. Newcastle Yard
Positions of ice encountered by Kura’
18 March 46 24’N, 47 11’W 19 March: 45 37’N, 49 37’W 20 March: 46 32’N, 53 28’ W 27 March: 44 22’N, 57 14’W to 43 34’N 57
*Two other vessels damaged by ice during the westbound Atlantic crossing also
were repaired at the Morse yard: Romsdal and Lord Cromer q.v.