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SS Albertic

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SS Albertic was a British ocean liner which served between the two World Wars.

The ship was laid down in 1914 by A. G. Weser of Bremen, Germany, but construction was halted during the war. Work resumed in 1919, and she was finally launched on 23 March 1920 as the Munchen for Germany's Norddeutscher Lloyd Line. However, before she could enter service for NDL, she was handed over to the British government as war reparations, and promptly sold to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co who renamed her Ohio. [1]

After a prolonged fitting out, the Ohio finally made her maiden voyage on 3 April 1923, sailing from Hamburg to New York. [2]

In 1927 Ohio was transferred to the White Star Line and renamed Albertic.

1927 "The reconditioned White Star liner Albertic, which sailed from Liverpool with a large complement of passengers for Montreal, arrived on April 30th. She is believed to be the largest steamship to call at Montreal with passengers. The Albertic was formerly the Ohio of the Royal Mail Company's Southampton New York service, and is a ship of 18,940 tons gross.[3]

As a White Star Line ship she served on the trans-Atlantic service between Britain and Canada from April 1927 until August 1930, when she was laid up in the River Clyde. SS Albertic was broken up for scrap at Osaka, Japan, in 1934. This is because Cunard, facing a dramatic drop in passenger bookings during the Great Depression, decided to scrap older White Star Line ships like "Albertic", to focus their resources on completing the new and larger RMS Queen Mary.[4]

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  1. Wikipedia
  2. Wikipedia
  3. The Engineer 1927/05/06
  4. Wikipedia