SS Doric (1922)

SS Doric was a British ocean liner operated by White Star Line.

SS Doric
United Kingdom
Name: SS Doric
Port of registry: Liverpool,  United Kingdom
Route: Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal
Builder: Harland and Wolff yards in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Yard number: 573
Launched: 8 August 1922
Completed: 29 May 1923
Maiden voyage: 8 June 1923
In service: 1923-1935
Fate: Scrapped on November 1935, Monmouthshire, Wales
General characteristics
Class and type: Twin-screw ocean liner
Tonnage: 16,484 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 183.1 m (601 ft)
Beam: 20.6 m (68 ft)
Installed power: 9000 HP
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Doric was White Star's second and last turbine-propelled ship. The vessel was constructed by Harland and Wolff in Belfast and was launched in 1922. Her passenger capacity was 600 in cabin class plus 1,700 3rd. class, with a crew of 350. The ship's maiden voyage on 8 June 1923, was from Liverpool, England to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.[1]

Several postcards and photos of the SS Doric are available.[2] Most photos and documents refer to the ship as the SS Doric, however a September 1923 postcard is annotated for a specific trip and is titled RMS Doric.[3] This suggests the Doric carried Royal Mail Ship designation during or before September 1923. That specific annotation reads: Embarked Liverpool, R.M.S. Doric 31 August 1923. Disembarked Quebec 9th Sept 1923. 2,487 miles.

According to a passport issued 25 Feb 1924 in Washington, to Chicago lawyer, Charles Lincoln Powell[4] and his wife, Blanche; the Doric was scheduled to depart the port of New York on 8 March 1924. New York could have been a regular stop on the Doric's Liverpool to Montreal and Quebec route. The application simply calls the ship Doric, without the SS or RMS designation.

An Abstract of Log from 3 September 1926 to 11 September 1926,[5] shows the ship's route as: "LIVERPOOL to QUEBEC and MONTREAL ... (via Belfast and Glasgow)." That specific trip departed Cloch Point at 8:57pm GMT on 4 September, with a rough head sea. They arrived at Father Point at 9:34 a.m., EST, 11 September 1926. A distance of 2,385 [nautical] miles over a passage of 6 days, 16 hours, 27 minutes, for an average speed of 14.86 knots. That same 4 September 1926 voyage lists the SS Doric at 16,484 tons and under the command of T. Jones. Without the RMS designation, it would appear the ship was no longer carrying Royal Mail by 1926.

It is believed the Doric served on this same basic route from Liverpool to Quebec and Montreal from 1923 to 1932. From 1933 until her end in 1935, the Doric was used for only cruising. She was based at Liverpool until 1934 when she was one of ten White Star liners transferred to the newly merged company Cunard White-Star Ltd.[6] The vessel was the second White Star ship to bear the name Doric, after a previous ship built in 1883.[7]


On 5 September 1935 Doric collided with the French vessel Formigny, of the Chargeurs Reunis line, off Cape Finisterre. Following this collision Doric had emergency repairs at Vigo, Spain. However once the Doric returned to England her damage was determined to be a constructive total loss and she was subsequently scrapped in November 1935 at Cashmores shipbreaker's yard in Newport, Monmouthshire.[8] Various examples of solid oak wall paneling from the Doric today still decorate the St Julian's Arms on Caerleon Road in Newport.


  1. "Doric". 19 April 2002. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  2. Postcards and artifacts from
  3. Postcard photo from titled RMS Doric, for a trip from 31 Aug 1923 to 9 Sep 1923.
  4. Passport Application approved 25 February 1924 in Washington for Charles L Powell and wife, Blanche.
  5. "Abstract of Log, SS Doric, LIVERPOOL to QUEBEC and MONTREAL, September 3rd, 1926" from
  6. "SS Doric (2nd)". Titanic and Other White Star Ships. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  7. "SS Doric (1st)". Titanic and Other White Star Ships. 26 November 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  8. Source: Haws' Merchant Fleets; Bonsor's North Atlantic Seaway
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