RMS Pannonia (1902)
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RMS Pannonia 1902
History
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Name: RMS Pannonia
Owner: Cunard Line
Route: Trieste - Fiume - Palermo - New York
Builder: John Brown & Company, Glasgow
Launched: 5 September 1902
Maiden voyage: 15 May 1903
In service: 1903-1922
Identification:
  • A red funnel with a black top and three narrow black bands
  • wireless call letters: M N A
Fate: Sold for scrap October 1922
General characteristics
Class and type: Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship
Type: Ocean liner
Tonnage: 9,851 gt
Length: 486.5 ft (148.3 m)
Beam: 59.3 ft (18.1 m)
Propulsion: Six-cylindered triple-expansion
Speed: 13 kn (15 mph; 24 km/h)
Capacity:
  • 2,426
    • 1st-class: 90
    • 2nd-class: 70
    • 3rd-class: 2,266

The RMS Pannonia was a transatlantic passenger steamship for the Cunard steamship company.[1]

She was originally ordered by Sir Christopher Furness' company, and purchased by Cunard prior to her launch on 5 September 1902.[1] Like many other Cunard ships, she had refrigerating machinery made by the Liverpool Refrigeration Company.[2] She started her maiden voyage on 28 May 1904, which was from Trieste to Fiume to Palermo to New York City.[1] The captain of the Pannonia from 1 January 1911 until January 1912 was Arthur Rostron, who later rescued the survivors of the Titanic.[3] In May 1916 she became a troopship carrying troops from Canada to France.[1] She left New York on 18 April 1922 for the last time, "calling at Plymouth and Cherbourg, then finally to Hamburg, Germany where she was laid up until being sold for scrap in October."[1]

  • There is a list of the ships officers and the saloon (i.e. 1st-class) passengers on the Pannonia for the crossing from Trieste to New York via Fiume, Palermo and Naples on 19 August 1905.[4]
  • On 11 February 1911, the Pannonia arrived in New York after a 19-day crossing carrying 39-year old Andras Nemet, who later had a grandson Joe Namath.[5]
  • There is a list of the ships officers and the saloon (i.e. 1st-class) passengers on the Pannonia for the crossing from New York to Gibraltar, Naples, Trieste and Fiume on 1 June 1911.[6]
  • The Pannonia brought Armenian refugees to America. During one crossing an Armenian refugee called Noonia Simonian gave birth to a daughter on board. The captain named the girl after the ship; the girl became a British citizen because she was born on a British ship at sea, and did not become an American citizen until she was 21.[7]
  • There is a list of passengers from New York disembarking at Plymouth from the Pannonia on 6 July 1916 in the UK National Archives.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Pannonia, Cunard Line", Titanic Inquiry Project
  2. ^ "Auxiliary machinery on merchant steamers" (PDF). The Engineer. 21 June 1907. p. xii of supplement – via Grace's Guide to British Industrial History.
  3. ^ "United States Senate Inquiry, Day 1, Testimony of Arthur H. Rostron.", "Titanic" disaster, report of the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, pursuant to S. Res. 283, directing the committee on commerce to investigate the causes leading to the wreck of the White Star liner "Titanic.", 19 April 2012
  4. ^ R.M.S. Pannonia Passenger List 19 August 1905, GG Archives
  5. ^ Mark Kriegel, Mark (2005), Namath: A Biography, Penguin, p. 1, ISBN 1101221429
  6. ^ "List of Saloon (First Class) Passengers sailing on the RMS Pannonia from New York to Gibraltar, Naples, Trieste and Fiume on June 1, 1911", Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
  7. ^ Apkarian-Russell, Pamela (2000), Armenians of Worcester, Arcadia Publishing, p. 34, ISBN 0738504653
  8. ^ "Plymouth: RMS Pannonia (Cunard Line) travelling from New York to London, Embarking at New York. Official Number: 118080. List of passengers disembarking at Plymouth.", National Archives Catalogue, 6 July 1916

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