SS War Toronto

SS War Toronto was a small freighter built in Toronto, in 1918, by Toronto Dry Dock & Ship Building Company Limited.[3][4] She was one of 72 cargo vessels built under the authority of Canada's Imperial Munitions Board for wartime service in the First World War, and one of the 46 vessels with hulls built of wood.[5] She displaced 2,500 deadweight tonnes. Toronto Shipbuilding also constructed a sister wood-hull ship at the same time, the SS War Ontario.

SS War Toronto
Launching in 1918.[1]
Name: SS War Toronto
Owner: Shipping Controller
Operator: Hansen Brothers & Company, Ltd, Cardiff
Builder: Toronto Dry Dock & Ship Building Company Limited, Toronto
Yard number: 2
Launched: 26 October 1918
Out of service: 19 November 1919
Identification: Official number 143388
Fate: Burnt on 20 November 1919
General characteristics
Tonnage: 3,200
Displacement: 2,328 Gross Register Tons
Length: 261 feet (80 m)
Beam: 43.5 feet (13.3 m)
Draught: 19.6 feet (6.0 m)
Installed power: 1,000 horsepower (750 kW) steam engine (manufactured at Canadian Bridge Company Limited, Walkerville, Ontario)[2]
Propulsion: triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
Speed: 11 knots

The Montreal Gazette profiled the War Toronto on her first visit to Montreal, on 13 April 1919.[6] They described her as the last of 46 vessels built by order for the Imperial Munitions Board. On her voyage across the Atlantic to her owners, she carried lumber to Cardiff, Wales. She was delivered to the Shipping Controller on 23 April 1919, who assigned her to be managed by Hansen Brothers & Company, Ltd. She was employed carrying coal in civilian service. She ran aground off Agger, Jutland, on 19 September 1919 while on a voyage from the River Tyne to Sweden. Refloated, she was towed to Thisted for repairs, but was destroyed in a fire, while undergoing repairs on 20 November 1919.


  1. "War Toronto: Registry and Rig Information".
  2. a subsidiary of Dominion Steel and Coal Corporation
  3. "War Toronto: Registry and Rig Information".
  4. "SS War Toronto (+1919)". 2013-05-07. On September 19th, 1919, the wooden cargo ship WAR TORONTO, on voyage from Tyne to Sweden with a cargo of coal, was wrecked off Agger, west coast of Jutland. She was refloated, but then destroyed in a fire on November 19th, 1919.
  5. Douglas E. Delaney, Nikolas Gardner, eds. (2017). Turning Point 1917: The British Empire at War. UBC Press. p. 65. ISBN 9780774834025.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
  6. "S.S. War Toronto arrived in Port: Last of 46 vessels constructed for the Imperial Munitions Board was inspected". Montreal Gazette. 1919-04-30. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
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