SS City of Paris (1920)
SS City of Paris was a steam passenger ship built in 1922. She was requisitioned for service by the British government during the Second World War.
|Name:||City of Paris|
|Operator:||Ellerman Lines Ltd, London|
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|Builder:||Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Launched:||24 December 1920|
|Identification:||UK official number 146256|
|Class and type:||passenger steamship|
|Length:||484.7 ft (147.7 m)|
|Beam:||59.3 ft (18.1 m)|
|Draught:||43 ft 0 in (13.11 m)|
|Depth:||32.6 ft (9.9 m)|
|Installed power:||1,315 NHP|
|Propulsion:||3 steam turbines, double-reduction geared onto one propeller shaft|
On 16 September 1939, whilst carrying 139 people during World War II, the ship struck a mine that had been laid by the German submarine U-13 on 4 September. She was damaged, with one person being killed, but managed to make it to port for repairs. She was requisitioned shortly afterwards and from 1940 she was used as a troopship. In early February 1942 she carried the 2/14th Battalion of the Australian Army from Bombay to Australia, arriving in Adelaide, South Australia, on 24 March 1942.
City of Paris was converted into a personnel ship in 1944, and used as an accommodation ship from September 1945 until 1946. She was then briefly used again as a troopship before being returned to the Ellerman Lines. She was returned to commercial service in 1947 and scrapped in 1956.
- "British liner aground". The Times (46578). London. 18 October 1933. col C, p. 14.
- "The City of Paris". The Times (46579). London. 19 October 1933. col D, p. 11.
- "2/14th Battalion". Second World War, 1939–1945 units. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 18 April 2011.