S.S. Suevic - A Passenger's Diary.

S.S. Suevic was one of a quartet of liners built around the turn of the last century. This quartet included a ship called Medic of which I have included a photo to show you the general appearance, as they were all similar.

Suevic had the great distinction of running aground on Sunday March 17th, 1907, while steaming home to Liverpool at 13 knots. She ran aground in fog and drizzle on the Stag Rock, part of the Manacles near the Lizard (place pointer over the image of Medic, below, to see Suevic on the rocks). Her 382 passengers were safely taken ashore and most of her cargo valued at 400,000 pounds including a large amount of frozen lamb carcasses was saved.

What followed was big news in Britain at the time. She was firmly lodged on the rocks but with only her bow badly damaged. The stern containing the engines and boilers was in fine shape. So the ship was blasted apart with finely placed small charges of dynamite.

At the same time a new bow was constructed in Belfast, and shipped down to Southampton. The two sections were joined in the autumn of 1907. At the time it was the largest salvage job ever, and quite a major undertaking. 

The ship re-entered service January 1908 and remained until October 1928, when she was sold for 35,000 to Ignore Hvistendahl Finnvhal, Tonsburg for conversion to a whale oil factory ship named Skytteren (320kb image). Her crew attempted to escape to Britain with the ship on April 1st, 1942, but the German Navy intercepted her. She was scuttled, by the crew, off the coast of Sweden, before she could be boarded.

In 1902, my Great Great Uncle Jock sailed on the ship to Southern Africa. En route, he kept a diary of the day to day life on a White Star Liner.

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