RMS Homeric

The Ship

Torpedoed and sunk 10 August 1940

The building of this vessel was only partly completed before the first world war broke out, she lay un-completed through that period, she had been ordered by Norddeutscher Lloyd and laid down on the stocks as "Columbus", her sister ship was the "Hindenburg", who took the name "Colombus" when the original "Colombus" became "Homeric". In 1919 she was handed over to the British Government as war compensation and was sold onto the White Star Line a year later, who completed her building and re-named her 'Homeric' in 1922. She was a slow ship, but noted for her good performance in heavy weather. She underwent a refit in 1923, and was converted to oil burning. She was used on the north atlantic route, but was a problem due to her time keeping. In 1932 she was put on the U.K mediterranean cruise route, and the caribbean cruise route in the winters. While anchored of Tenerife she was hit by the "Isle de Tenerife", when that vessels steering failed. She was laid up in 1935 and scrapped a year later.

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Postally used 24 Aug 1928


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