RMS Aurania (1882)

RMS Aurania was a British Ocean Liner that was scrapped at Genoa, Italy after 22 years of service (1883-1905).

RMS Aurania on page 471 in Cassier's Magazine of September 1895
United Kingdom
Name: RMS Aurania
Owner: Cunard Line
Port of registry: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Route: Liverpool-Queenstown-New York
Builder: J. & G. Thomson & Co.
Laid down: 1881
Launched: 26 December 1882
Completed: 1883
Maiden voyage: 23 June 1883
In service: 23 June 1883
Out of service: 1905
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Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Type: Ocean Liner
Tonnage: 7,269 GRT
Length: 143.3 metres (470 ft 2 in)
Beam: 17.4 metres (57 ft 1 in)
Depth: 11.3 metres (37 ft 1 in)
Installed power: Compound engine with 3 inverted cylinders and 3 Masts
Propulsion: Screw propeller
Speed: 16 knots


Aurania was constructed in 1881 at the J. & G. Thomson & Co. shipyard in Glasgow, United Kingdom for Cunard Line. She was completed in 1883 and made her first voyage on 23 June 1883 from Liverpool to Queenstown to New York. She was named Aurania and served from 1883 to 1905. The ship was 143.3 metres (470 ft 2 in) long, with a beam of 17.4 metres (57 ft 1 in) and a depth of 11.3 metres (37 ft 1 in). The ship was assessed at 7,269 GRT. She had a Compound engine with 3 inverted cylinders driving a single screw propeller and 3 Masts. The engine was rated at 1500 nhp.


In her career Aurania was never very popular, she was known as a badly rolling ship. During her maiden voyage on 23 June 1883 she left Liverpool for Queenstown and finally for New York, but halfway through the Atlantic her engine failed due to overheating. The voyage was completed under sail and she arrived in New York on 4 July 1883 under sail and tow with disabled engines.

In 1900 Aurania was used as a Transport Ship during the Boer war, she returned to civil service in 1903. In 1903 her sailing route was changed and she sailed from the Mediterranean to New York. In 1904 she returned to her original sailing route.[1]

The Final Days

RMS Aurania sailed to Genoa, Italy to be scrapped after 22 years of service.


  1. "Aurania". norwayheritage.com. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
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