SS Ceramic 1917


Deni Denison

Does anyone know what the ill-fated SS Ceramic was being used for in 1917?. Some say it was being used as a trooper between here and France.
Apr 27, 2003
Deni - a quick search on Google produced:
1917 - June 9th -
Missed by a torpedo in the English Channel.
- July 21st -
Chased by a surfaced submarine, but out-distanced the enemy
(Mainly cargo service on the Australian route from 1917)

Cheers Brian

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Deni Denison

I am researching various aspects of WW l and I am interested in the ill fated SS Ceramic's role as a trooper in 1917. I have been told it was only used cross channel between France and UK, could this be the case?

Deni Denison

Hi I obviously posted my query in the wrong place. Sorry.

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Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
Here's what I have on Ceramic's WWI era activity:

31 December 1914: Ceramic, Suevic and Persic, requisitioned by the
Australian Government, leave Albany, Western Australia, in a convoy
carrying troops and horses to Egypt. Afric, Runic II and Medic will
also be requisitioned by the Commonwealth Government, and all will
remain on that service until 1917. (Source: Official History of
Australia in the War of 1914-1918.)

9 June 1917: Ceramic, in service as an Australian transport, is
attacked by a submarine at the entrance to the English Channel, but the
torpedo misses its mark and the ship is not damaged. (Source: Official
History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918.)

9 July 1917: Ceramic, requisitioned for transport service by the
Australian Government in 1914, is released from Commonwealth control.
(Source: Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918.)

21 July 1917: Ceramic is unsuccessfully chased by a submarine in the
Bristol Channel. (Source: Official History of Australia in the War of

18 November 1920: Ceramic makes her first post-war sailing for White
Star, Liverpool-Glasgow-Sydney. (Source: Kludas' Great Passenger Ships
of the World; Haws' Merchant Fleets.)

Timothy Trower

I would suggest getting a copy of Claire Hardy's wonderful book about the Ceramic. Mine is currently packed away, but the entire book could be considered source material. Her wartime service is covered in depth.

Mike Poirier

Dec 31, 2004
Hi Deni,
Yes Claire's book is top notch research and I am proud to say that she wrote an excellent article on the subject for Voyage magazine. It helped familiarize ship buff's with the ship and her extensive work on the Ceramic.

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