Raphael Tuck & Sons. [Postcard]. S.S. Otway. Orient Line / Tuck’s post card. Raphael Tuck & Sons “Oilette” postcard 9897. [ca 1917].. [Postcard album of cards collected by Maggie Chapman / Maggie Swan, 1909-1920].. Ref: Eph-B-POSTCARD-Vol-3-014-2. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23042690
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Year: 1909 – Name: OTWAY – Type: Passenger/cargo (rf) – Launch Date: 21.11.08 – Flag: GBR – Date of completion: 5.09 – GRT: 12077 – Yard No: 459 – LPP: 163.4 – Country of build: GBR – Beam: 19.3 – Builder: Fairfield SB & E Co of Govan – Number of screws/Mchy/ Speed(kn): 2Q-18 – Registered Owner / Home Port: Orient SN Co Ltd / GBR Glasgow.
SS OTWAY was a British ocean liner owned by the Orient Line, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Glasgow, Scotland and launched in 1909.
She had five sister ships; ORSOVA, OSTERLEY, OTRANTO, ORVIETO, and the ORAMA.
These ships allowed the Orient Line a prized attraction to the traveling public: fixed sailings every other week to Australia and New Zealand.
Requisitioned by the Royal Navy and deployed as an armed merchant cruiser, OTWAY was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat SM UC-49 off the Hebrides on 23 July 1917 during WW1, with the loss of 10 lives.
Disposal Data: sm/t (UC49) 58.54N/6.28W 23.7.17