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MV Georgic

Postcard from M V Georgic to Sanday. passenger 'in mid ocean & feeling gey trowy'.

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United Kingdom
Name: Georgic
1932-1934: White Star Line
1934-1944: Cunard-White Star Line
1944-1946: Ministry of War Transport
1946-1956: Ministry of Transport
Route: Liverpool - New York
Builder: Harland and Wolff[1]
Yard number: 896[1]
Launched: 1931
Completed: 10 June 1932[1]
Maiden voyage: 25 June 1932
In service: 1932-1941, 1945-1956
Out of service: 1956
Fate: Bombed and sunk July 1941, salvaged by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd October 1941, refloated and refurbished 1942-1944, resumed service as a troop transport in 1945, resumed civilian service 1948, scrapped 1956.
Status: Scrapped 1956
General characteristics
Tonnage: 27,759 gross tons
Length: 711 ft (216.7 m)
Propulsion: Twin propellers, diesel propulsion
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 1,542 passengers

Built at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, the MV Georgic was the last ship built for the White Star Line before its merger with the Cunard Line. She was the running mate of Britannic. Like Britannic, Georgic was a motorship, and not a steamer, fitted with a diesel powerplant. At the time of her launch in 1931, she was the largest British motorship.

After a successful career as a Liner in the 1930s, Georgic was pressed into service as a troopship in 1940. She was severely damaged and sunk in 1941 by a German bombing raid whilst docked at Port Tewfik in Egypt. After being refloated and extensively rebuilt, she returned to service as a troopship in 1944, and continued in service for both for military and civilian uses until 1956, when she was withdrawn from service and scrapped.
Picture added on 18 December 2019 at 20:42
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