SS Tuscania


Jim Currie

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"On the morning of February 5, 1918, carrying over 2,000 American troops, the HMS (TSS)Tuscania turned south for the North Channel en route to Liverpool. After an arduous voyage across the North Atlantic, most of those aboard, in sight of the Irish coast to starboard and the Scottish coast to port, surely believed the worst part of their journey was behind them. Spotted by German submarine UB-77 earlier in the day, however, their convoy was stalked until early evening and the cover of darkness. Then, at about 6:40 pm, submarine captain Lt. Cdr. Wilhelm Meyer ordered two torpedoes fired at the Tuscania. The second of these struck home, sending her -- within about four hours -- to the bottom of the Channel.

It was on February 6, 1915, almost exactly three years before the fatal day, that Tuscania had made her maiden voyage as a passenger liner serving the North Atlantic routes between New York and Great Britain. In 1916, though, she had been refitted and pressed into service as a troop carrier, and on her final voyage she had departed Hoboken, New Jersey 12 days earlier with 384 crew members and 2,013 American troops aboard. Approximately 210 of the troops and crew were lost. "

Here's a spoon from that very ship....

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Jim C.

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