SS Rowan

SS Rowan was a British passenger ship which was sunk off the west coast of Scotland on 8 October 1921.

SS Rowan
Owner: Laird Line Ltd.
Builder: D. & W. Henderson & Co. Ltd.
Yard number: 467
Launched: 1909
Identification: Official number: 128288
Fate: Sunk in collision 8 October 1921
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,493 GRT
Length: 85.6 m (281 ft)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft)
Draft: 4.9 m (16 ft)
Installed power:
  • Triple expansion steam engine
  • 4 × boilers
  • 525 hp (391 kW)
Propulsion: Single screw
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)


On 8 October 1921, the American steamer West Camak rammed Rowan from astern in fog in the North Channel. Her passengers were mustered on deck. The British steamer Clan Malcolm then rammed her from starboard and cut her in two. Rowan sank with the loss of 22 of the 97 people on board, including many members of the African American jazz band the Southern Syncopated Orchestra. Survivors were rescued by Clan Malcolm, West Camak, and the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wrestler.[1][2]


  1. Patton, Brian (2007). Irish Sea Shipping. Kettering: Silver Link Publications. pp. 178–84. ISBN 978-1-85794-271-2.
  2. "Disaster at sea". The Times (42847). London. October 1921. col D, p. 10.

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