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Donald Steam Ship Co., Ltd, T. L. Evans, Manager, Chartered to Atlantic Fruit Company.

There were eight Chinese seamen traveling aboard Titanic as third-class passengers. They were intended to join the steamship Annetta, then docked at New York. Six of the Chinese survived. When Carpathia arrived at New York, the six were held overnight aboard her. On the morning of April 19, they were taken by company and immigration officials directly to Annetta, which sailed for Cuba on April 20:

(In 1912):
Port of registry: Bristol
Flag of registry: Great Britain
Funnel: Buff: Small depiction of company flag below black top
Company flag: Red Celtic cross on white field: broad blue border
Signal letters: HK N J
Registration No.: 117,733
Steel hull: ingle screw; 3 watertight bulkheads. electric light, submarine signal: 1 deck, steel; awning deck part steel
Tonnages: gross 1,294; underdeck 1,190; net 740
Dimensions: length 227.2 ft.; width 31.7 ft.; depth 13.6 ft.
Engine: Triple-expansion, 3 Cyl. 21" 34" 56" x 36" stroke; 246 NHP; 12 knots

1906 : Built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Newcastle; yard no. 787. Built for the Donald Steam Ship Co., Ltd., 72 Queen Square, Bristol; 18 Broadway, New York, USA.
Built specifically for charter to the United Fruit Co., but delivered on completion to Atlantic Fruit Co. on charter. It appears likely that she never ran for the Donald Line, though owned by them until 1916.

November 1912 : The Annetta is temporarily held on suspicion of transporting war materiel to Albania.

Allies take British boat

Capture steamer Annetta, alleging it carries war stores for Albania.

London North 14 – a Lloyds dispatch from Athens says that the British steamer Annetta from Philadelphia, October 22 and New York ox 25 has been captured. The steamer is set to have a cargo of water stores for Albania.

New York North 14 – the steamer Annetta is the property of the Donald Steamship Company, John A Donald of that company said tonight that the Annetta carried a cargo of coal consigned to the Greek government when it left here and was scheduled to return with a cargo of currents for the thanksgiving trade.

The Indianapolis Star, 15 November 1912

Feb 1916 : Sold to Phillip de Ronde. Transferred to Canadian registry. Ran for Great Lakes Transportation Company.

1919: Sold to the Atlantic Fruit Company; also some charters to United Fruit.

Annetta Notice
Newspaper report mentioning the Annetta.
(Baltimore Sun, 22 May 1922)

1930 : Sold to Newbolt Company, New York.

1933 : Sold to Townsend Petroleum for use as oil hulk.

1934 : Laid up at New York. Ownership: Mathieson Steamship Co. Later abandoned and dropped from U. S. Shipping Register.


John P. Eaton


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    Paul (4938) said:

    Hi there, I'm very interested in finding the source of the photo of Annetta that is posted above the article. I'd like to use it in a documentary. I can only find it here and one other website, and that photo also has the Encyclopedia Titanic logo on it. Could anyone tell me how to get in contact with the person who found this photo?

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