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.

United Kingdom
Name: City of Paris
Operator: Ellerman Lines Ltd, London
Port of registry: Glasgow
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend, Sunderland
Yard number: 1129
Launched: 24 December 1920
Completed: February 1922
Identification: UK official number 146256
Fate: Scrapped 1956
General characteristics
Class and type: passenger steamship
  • 10,902 GRT
  • tonnage under deck 9423
  • 6,865 NRT
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)
Decks: 2
Installed power: 1,315 NHP
Propulsion: 3 steam turbines, double-reduction geared onto one propeller shaft


City of Paris was built in 1922 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, at their yards in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, for Ellerman Lines Ltd, of London. She was registered in Glasgow.

On 17 October 1933, City of Paris ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea off France′s Saraman Lighthouse.[1] She was refloated the next day.[2]

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.[3]

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.


  1. "British liner aground". The Times (46578). London. 18 October 1933. col C, p. 14.
  2. "The City of Paris". The Times (46579). London. 19 October 1933. col D, p. 11.
  3. "2/14th Battalion". Second World War, 1939–1945 units. Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 18 April 2011.

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