SS Ada (1905)

SS Ada was a cargo vessel built for the London and South Western Railway in 1905.[1]

Name: SS Ada
Port of registry:
Builder: Gourlay Brothers, Dundee
Yard number: 216
Launched: 4 April 1905
Out of service: 1934
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 529 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 175.3 feet (53.4 m)
Beam: 28.1 feet (8.6 m)
Draught: 12.4 feet (3.8 m)
Speed: 12 knots


She was built by Gourlay Brothers in Dundee and launched on 4 April 1905[2] by Miss Drummond. She was launched only 47 days after the keel was laid, without overtime being worked, and represented a record for the Gourlay shipyard. She was the first of a pair of ships ordered by the London and South Western Railway, the other being Bertha. She was built for light cargo traffic between Southampton and the Channel Islands.

She was acquired by the Southern Railway in 1923.

She was scrapped in 1934.


  1. Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. "Launch this afternoon". Dundee Evening Post. Dundee. 4 April 1905. Retrieved 19 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
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