SS Victoria (1896)

SS Victoria was a passenger vessel built for the London and South Western Railway in 1896.[1]

Victoria being used as a tender for landing passengers from American liners at Devonport, Plymouth in 1904
Name: SS Victoria
  • 1896-1920:London and South Western Railway
  • 1920-1925:James Dredging, Towage and Transport, Southampton
  • 1925-1927:Joseph Constant, London
  • 1927-1935 The Patriotic, Cie de Navigation a Vapeur et d’Armement, Piraeus
  • 1935-1937:L Taryazos, Piraeus
Port of registry:
Builder: J and G Thomson, Clydebank
Yard number: 297
Launched: 15 June 1896
Out of service: 1937
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 710 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 220.5 feet (67.2 m)
Beam: 28.1 feet (8.6 m)
Draught: 16.3 feet (5.0 m)
Installed power: 3 cylinder triple expansion engines
Propulsion: twin screw
Speed: 16.5 kn (19.0 mph; 30.6 km/h)

533 passengers

(as a Plymouth tender in 1904)


The ship was built by J and G Thomson of Clydebank and launched on 15 June 1896[2] by Miss Dunlop of Dowanhill. She was intended for the railway company’s service between Southampton and the Channel Islands and France.

In 1904 she was adapted at Southampton for service as a tender in Plymouth to serve the new Ocean Quay station.[3]

At the outbreak of the First World War she was requisitioned by the Admiralty as a Q-ship. She was an accommodation vessel in Southampton in 1920 and sold to James Dredging, Towage and Transport in Southampton. In 1925 she was sold to Joseph Constant in London who sold her again in 1927 to Cie de Navigation a Vapeur et d’Armement in Piraeus. After a further sale in 1935 she was scrapped in 1935.


  1. Duckworth, Christian Leslie Dyce; Langmuir, Graham Easton (1968). Railway and other Steamers. Prescot, Lancashire: T. Stephenson and Sons.
  2. "Launches and Trial Trips". Glasgow Herald. Scotland. 16 June 1896. Retrieved 14 November 2015 via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. "Railway Magazine May 1904 - Over-sea passenger traffic at Plymouth". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
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