News from 1928: Runic II collides with HMS London


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The Times, 6 November 1928

CRUISER AND LINER IN COLLISION
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MISHAP TO LONDON ON HER TRIALS

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The White Star liner Runic, of 12,663 tons gross, arrived in the Mersey
yesterday with her stern considerably damaged after collision with H.M.S.
London off Gourock Pier on Saturday night.

The Runic had been loading cargo at Glasgow, and was on her way to Liverpool
for more cargo before sailing with passengers for Australia next Saturday.
No details are available of how the collision occurred, but the White Star
Line stated yesterday that the damage to the Runic was only of a minor
character, and that the liner would sail as arranged on Saturday. The damage
was all above the water-line, and the vessel is now in Gladstone Dock
undergoing repairs.

The cruiser London, which is engaged on her trials, will be able to continue
them without interruption, having suffered practically no damage. Of 10,000
tons, the London was laid down at Portsmouth in February, 1926, and was
launched on September 13, 1927. On October 27 last she left Portsmouth for
the Clyde for her official steam trials, and was to return to Portsmouth on
November 11 and pay off on the 16th, to be completed by the dockyard.
According to the programme, she was due to commission for further trials on
January 1, 1929, and then to go to the Mediterranean.

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