Anchor Line ship Cameronia

james Gallen
13th December 2005, 01:03
Built by Henderson Bros., Glasgow, Scotland 1911. My dad sailed over on the Cameronia that year landing at Ellis Island. Their records erroneously listed the Cameronia built in 1919. Cameronia (1) was sunk by U-33 off Malta in 1917. How can I get a copy of the 1911 Manifest? This is my hello entry. Jim Gallen

gdynia
13th December 2005, 01:11
Built by Henderson Bros., Glasgow, Scotland 1911. My dad sailed over on the Cameronia that year landing at Ellis Island. Their records erroneously listed the Cameronia built in 1919. Cameronia (1) was sunk by U-33 off Malta in 1917. How can I get a copy of the 1911 Manifest? This is my hello entry. Jim Gallen
CAMERONIA
The "Cameronia" of 1925 was built in 1919 by Wm Beardmore & Co Ltd, Glasgow for the Anchor Line of Glasgow. She was a 16,365 gross ton ship, length 552.4ft x beam 70.4ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 265-1st, 370-2nd and 1,100-3rd class passengers. Launched on 23/12/1919, the installation of the final parts of her passenger accommodation were delayed due to a strike and she had to be towed to Cherbourg for completion. She commenced her maiden voyage from Glasgow to Liverpool and New York on 11/5/1921 and between 1921-1924 she made several similar Cunard-Anchor Line voyages. In October 1925 she rescued the crew of the burning US Coastguard cutter "CG 128" off New York and in November of the same year collided with the Norwegian steamer "Hauk" in the Clyde. In Jan.1926, one voyage had to be abandoned off Ireland due to steering gear failure and she was forced to put back to Glasgow for repair. In August of that year she missed collision with the Cunard liner "Samaria" by only six feet in dense fog. She was refurbished in 1929 to carry 290-cabin, 431-tourist and 698-3rd class passengers. In December 1932 the ship suffered an influenza epidemic and 400 passengers were confined to their beds. It is reported that the ship's doctor made 500 visits a day to his patients. Between Dec.1934 and Oct.1935 the ship was laid up at Glasgow, and from then until April 1936 was used as a troopship to the Far East carrying a total of over 16,000 personnel. In 1936 she was refitted again and on 10/7/1936 resumed the Glasgow - New York service. In 1937 she attended the Spithead Naval Review for the coronation of King George VI and on Sept.5th 1939 left Glasgow and became the first British ship to enter New York after the outbreak of war. She made 11 unescorted transatlantic voyages until she was requisitioned as a troopship in Dec.1940. In Jan.1941 she trooped 3,000 men to Suez via the Cape and then shuttled between Alexandria and Greece, mainly with New Zealanders. In 1942 she took part in the training and run up to the North African landings (Operation Torch) and in Nov.,took part in the landings. She was hit by an aerial torpedo in Dec.1942 with the loss of 17 lives, but reached Bone, Algeria. She returned to Gibralter for repair and thence to the Clyde. In June 1943 she resumed service and participated in carrying the Canadian Tank Division from Malta to Sicily and in June 1944 was the largest troopship to take part in the Normandy landings. In Aug.1945 she was derequisitioned after carrying a total of 163,789 troops over a total distance of 321,323 miles. Laid up as 'worn out' at 25 years of age, she was brought out of retirement in July 1948 and refitted by Barclay Curle at Elderslie for use as an Australian emigration ship, with capacity for 1,266 passengers. On 1/11/1948 she commenced the first of 11 UK-Australia voyages. On 21/1/1953 she was sold to the Ministry of Transport and renamed "Empire Clyde" and in March 1958 was scrapped at Newport, Mon. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.468] [Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.9, Anchor Line] [Posted to The ShipsList by Ted Finch - 9 December 1997]

James this is the second vessel of same name. Will have some info of the first one shortly

gdynia
13th December 2005, 01:27
Built by Henderson Bros., Glasgow, Scotland 1911. My dad sailed over on the Cameronia that year landing at Ellis Island. Their records erroneously listed the Cameronia built in 1919. Cameronia (1) was sunk by U-33 off Malta in 1917. How can I get a copy of the 1911 Manifest? This is my hello entry. Jim Gallen

James go to website www.clydebuiltships.co.uk Once in site on top left hand corner you will see a box search for ships,open this then put vessels name into the search engine and you will get your info required.

R58484956
13th December 2005, 12:36
Welcome James to the site as you can already see ask a question and the answer is there, quick service,Have a merry christmas

ruud
14th December 2005, 13:05
Ahoy Jim/James,

Welcome aboard, enjoy yourself on this fine ship and her crew, as we do; looking forward to your postings.
From Holland

tanker
14th December 2005, 13:36
Welcome aboard from Italy!!!
Gp

tomgmarshall
3rd November 2006, 16:18
I understand the Cameronia was still sailing as a troopship between Scotland and Egypt in 1947 but I have heard she had her boilers stripped out and renewed at KGV dock in Glasgow during this period. This sounds highly unusual with so many ship repair facilities nearby. Does anyone have any more information on this?

firey
25th November 2006, 16:06
The 70's version of the Cameronia. Not quite as distinctive as it's namesake

Firey