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Saturday, February 26, 2011

R.M.S. Ivernia - Ship Postcard Woven in Silk


Woven in Silk
R.M.S. Ivernia

postmarked in 1912 with a one penny Great Britain stamp

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R.M.S. Ivernia (I)

Ivernia, launched in 1899, was built for Cunard by C.S. Swan & Hunter of Newcastle, England. She made her maiden voyage, from Liverpool to New York, on 14 April 1900. Two months later she was placed on the Liverpool-Boston route for which she was intended, and remained on that route until December 1911. Ivernia was then placed on a Trieste-New York route and remained there until World War I, except for the winter of 1912-13, when she returned to the Boston-Liverpool route.

Taken over as a troopship in September 1914, Ivernia was torpedoed and sunk on New Year's Day 1917 off Cape Matapan, Greece, with 2,400 Scottish soldiers on board. Eighty-five soldiers and 36 crew members were killed.


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