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RMS Celtic
300px-RMS Celtic

Name

RMS Celtic

Owner

White Star Line

Length

701 feet

Tonnage

21,035no

Launched

April 4th, 1901

Capacity

As built 2,857 passengers (300 1st class, 160 2nd class, 2,350 steerage); 1927 1,600 passenger (350 1st class, 250 2nd class, 1,000 3rd class)

Speed

16 knots

Fate

Ran aground on 10 December 1928, scrapped on site

The RMS Celtic  was a ocean liner belonging to White star line. The first ship this large in gross tonnage.

Celtic was launched on April 4th, 1901, from the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast, and set off on her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York City, New York on July 26, 1901.

At the beginning of the First World War, she was converted into a merchant cruiser, but since she used up too much coal, she was converted into a troop ship in January 1916, and used to carry soldiers to Egypt. She was put back on the transatlantic route in March.

In 1917, Celtic hit a German mine off the Isle of Man. Seventeen people on board died, but the Celtic remained afloat. The ship was towed to Liverpool and repaired in Belfast. In March 1918, U-Boat UB-77 torpedoed Celtic in the Irish Sea. 389 people on board died, but again Celtic did not sink. She was towed to Liverpool and repaired again.

Early on 10 December 1928, she ran aground off Roches Point, Cobb. While attempting to free Celtic, the crew reversed engines and ran the ship onto rocks, where it became hopelessly lodged. Passengers were tendered off the ship and a bridge was constructed to remove cargo. After several attempts to free the ship, it was determined that the Celtic could not be moved or salvaged, and was declared a total loss. She was sold to a scrapping company and completely taken apart on the rocks off the shore of Cobb by 1933.

The Celtic features in the painting Sports on the Celtic by the British artist William Nicholson.

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