RMS Laconia (1921)

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RMS Laconia
 United Kingdom

1921–34: Cunard Line

1934–41: Cunard White Star Line

1921–34: Cunard Line

1934–41: Cunard White Star Line
Port of registry:Liverpool
Route:Liverpool – Boston – New York
Builder:Swan Hunter, Wallsend, England
Launched:9 April 1921
Completed:January 1922
Maiden voyage:25 May 1922
Fate:Sunk by torpedo 12 September 1942
General characteristics
Class and type:Ocean liner
Length:601 ft 3 in (183.26 m)
Beam:73 ft 7 in (22.43 m)
Draught:32 ft 8 in (9.96 m)
Depth:40 ft 6 in (12.34 m)
Installed power:6 steam turbines, double reduction geared
Propulsion:Twin propellers
Speed:16 knots (30 km/h)
  • Passenger accommodation:
    • 350 1st class
    • 350 2nd class
    • 1,500 3rd class
Notes:54,089 cubic feet (1,531.6 m3) refrigerated cargo space.

The second RMS Laconia was a Cunard ocean liner, built by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson as a successor of the 1911–1917 Laconia. The new ship was launched on 9 April 1921, and made her maiden voyage on 25 May 1922 from Southampton to New York City. At the outbreak of the Second World War she was converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser, and subsequently a troopship. Like her predecessor, sunk during the First World War, this Laconia was also destroyed by a German submarine. Some estimates of the death toll have suggested that over 1,649 people were killed when the Laconia sank. The U-boat commander Werner Hartenstein then staged a dramatic effort to rescue the passengers and the crew of Laconia, which involved additional German U-boats and became known as the Laconia incident.


Laconia was 601 feet 3 inches (183.26 m) long, with a beam of 73 feet 7 inches (22.43 m). She had a depth of 40 feet 6 inches (12.34 m) and a draught of 32 feet 8 inches (9.96 m). She was powered by six steam turbines of 2,561 nhp, which drove twin screw propellors via double reduction gearing. The turbines were made by the Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Company, Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] In addition to her passenger accommodation, Laconia had 54,089 cubic feet (1,531.6 m3) of refrigerated cargo space.[2]