News from 1934: Adriatic sold for scrapping


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The Times, 19 November 1934

THE ADRIATIC SOLD
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JAPANESE SHIPBREAKERS' PURCHASE

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The Transatlantic liner Adriatic, of 24,679 tons gross, built in 1906
for the White Star Line, has been sold to Japanese shipbreakers for
£65,000. The liner is now lying at Liverpool.
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FROM OUR SHIPPING CORRESPONDENT
The Adriatic, a twin-screw four-masted steamer, was built by Harland and
Wolff, Limited. She has been a very popular ship in the White Star
service between Liverpool and New York and, like the Baltic, of 23,884
tons, which was sold for breaking up some time ago, had a reputation for
steadiness. Both ships did fine work during the War. Other vessels at
one time employed in the service were the Celtic and Cedric. The
Adriatic was recently transferred by the Oceanic Steam Navigation
Company (White Star Line) to Cunard White Star, Limited, on the
formation of the new enterprise in conjunction with the Cunard Steam
Ship Company, Limited.

There was known to be competition for the breaking up of the Adriatic,
and evidently the prices offered by British firms were exceeded by the
Japanese buyers. It was reported that down to Friday afternoon the
vessel had not been sold. The present sale raises the amount of
high-class liner tonnage disposed of last week for breaking up to the
exceptionally large total of 92,000. The vessels, with their years of
construction, are as follows:-

Name/Gross Tonnage/Year of Construction
Minnewaska/21,716/1923
Minnetonka/21,998/1924
France/23,769/1912
Adriatic/24,679/1906
Total tonnage/92,162

The first two British liners were sold for breaking up in this country.
The France, which was owned by the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique,
was sold to a firm at Dunkerque.

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