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Name: AURANIA
Type: Passenger Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched: 06/02/1924
Completed: 09/09/1924
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Wallsend
Yard Number: 1127
Dimensions: 13984grt, 8473nrt, 519.7 x 65.3 x 39.2ft
Engines: 4 x Steam turbines, DR geared, 1663nhp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 15.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 147277
History:
09/09/1924 Cunard Steamship Co Ltd, Liverpool
1934 Cunard-White Star Ltd, Liverpool
30/08/1942 Admiralty; renamed ARTIFEX
19/01/1953 Broken up
Comments: 30/08/1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as HMS AURANIA, an armed merchant cruiser
Armed with 8 x 1 x 6ins & 2 x 1 x 3ins guns
14/07/1941: Collided with an iceberg. Subsequently repaired at Newport News, USA
21/10/1941: Hit by 2 x torpedoes from U-Boat U123. Damaged but still steaming.
30/08/1942: Requisitioned by the Admiralty for conversion to a repair ship
24/03/1942: Purchased by the Admiralty
07/1944: Returned to service after conversion
07/01/1961: Departed under tow for La Spezia to be broken up
19/01/1953: Arrived at La Spezia, Italy


Above photo as AURANIA courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo as AURANIA courtesy of Photoship

Above photo as AMC AURANIA copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as ARTIFEX copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as ARTIFEX copyright of the Imperial War Museum