Four Funnel Liner Overview


Only 14 four funnel liners were ever built, four were sunk during World War 1, the fifth to sink hit an iceberg on her maiden voyage, the remaining nine were scrapped, none of these grand ships exist anymore. This page gives a basic overview of these ship's listed in order launched. Click on the ship's name to access the photo gallery for that vessel.




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Builder
Owner
AG Vulcan
Stettin, Germany
North German Lloyd
Bremen, Germany

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
May 4, 1897
Sept. 19, 1897
648' 5"
14,349
22
1,749

Fate:
Sunk (scuttled) August 26, 1914 after battle with the HMS Highflyer.

Location: North Atlantic off Rio del Oro, Spanish West Africa (Western Sahara).
(23.34N - 16.02W)

Aprox. 104 killed 480 survivors.
Hulk scrapped in 1952

Notes:
As an armed merchant cruiser in World War 1, captured 5 ships (sank 3 released 2)
for a total of 10,685 tons.



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Builder
Owner
AG Vulcan
Stettin, Germany
Hamburg-America Line
Hamburg, Germany

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Jan. 10, 1900
July 4, 1900
686' 6"
16,502
22.5
2,100

Fate:
Scrapped 1925.

Notes:
Renamed Victoria Luise in 1911.

2 funnels removed and renamed Hansa in 1920.

The only large German ship the allies refused to accept after World War 1.



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Builder
Owner
AG Vulcan
Stettin, Germany
North German Lloyd
Bremen, Germany

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Mar. 30, 1901
Sept. 17, 1901
663' 2 "
14,908
22
1,761

Fate:
Scrapped in 1923.

Notes:
As an armed merchant cruiser in World War 1 captured 15 ships (sank 13, released 1 and 1 left in sinking condition) for a total of 55,938 tons.

Interned in USA and seized by US Government for use as a troopship, renamed USS Von Steuben,
later renamed Baron Von Steuben.



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Builder
Owner
AG Vulcan
Stettin, Germany
North German Lloyd
Bremen, Germany

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Aug. 12, 1902
Apr. 14, 1903
706' 5"
19,361
22.5
1,800

Fate:
Scrapped 1940.

Notes:
Seized by the US Government in 1917 for use as a troopship, renamed USS Agamemnon.

After the war renamed Monticello.



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Builder
Owner
John Brown & Co.
Clydebank, Scotland
Cunard Line
Liverpool, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
June 7, 1906
Sept. 7, 1907
787'
35,550
25
2,165

Fate:
Torpedoed and sunk May 7, 1915 by the SMS U-20.

Location: North Atlantic, 12 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland.
(51.24.15N - 08.32.00W)

1,198 passengers and crew killed, 761 survivors.



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Builder
Owner
Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson
Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Cunard Line
Liverpool, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Sept. 20, 1906
Nov. 16, 1907
790'
31,938
25
2,165

Fate:
Scrapped 1935.



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Builder
Owner
AG Vulcan
Stettin, Germany
North German Lloyd
Bremen, Germany

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Dec. 1, 1906
Aug. 6, 1907
706' 4"
19,503
23
1,809

Fate:
Scrapped in 1940.

Notes:
The only German built four funnel liner that never held the Blue Riband. (Kaiser Wilhelm II held
the Blue Riband but, only in the Eastbound direction)

Seized by the US Government in 1917 for use as a troopship, renamed USS Mount Vernon.



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Builder
Owner
Chantiers & Ateliers de St. Nazaire
St. Nazaire, France
Compagnie Générale Transatlantique
(French Line)
Paris, France

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Sept. 10, 1910
Apr. 20, 1912
713'
23,666
23.5
1,925

Fate:
Scrapped at Dunkerque, France in 1935.

Notes:
Laid down as Picardie but name changed before launch.

Served as a troopship and later as a hospital ship in World War 1 under the name France IV.



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Builder
Owner
Harland & Wolff Ltd.
Belfast, Ireland
Oceanic Steam Navigation Co.
(White Star Line)
Liverpool, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Oct. 20, 1910
June 14, 1911
882' 9"
45,324
21
2,435

Fate:
Sold in 1935 to Sir John Jarvis for £100,000. Towed to Thomas W. Ward in Jarrow-on-Tyne and partially dismantled, 1937 the hull was towed to Inverkeithing, Scotland and scrapped.



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Builder
Owner
Harland & Wolff Ltd.
Belfast, Ireland
Oceanic Steam Navigation Co.
(White Star Line)
Liverpool, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
May 31, 1911
April 10, 1912
882' 9"
46,328
21
2,570

Fate:
Sunk April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage Apr. 14.

Location: North Atlantic, 360 miles SSE of Cape Race, Newfoundland.
(41.46N - 50.45W) this is the position given by the Titanic.
(41.16N - 50.14W) this position given by Lloyd's.

1,523 passengers and crew were killed, 705 survivors were picked up by the Carpathia and
landed at New York on Apr. 18.



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Builder
Owner
John Brown & Company
Clydebank, Scotland
Cunard Line
Liverpool, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Apr. 21, 1913
May 30, 1914
901'
45,647
23
3,230

Fate:
Scrapped in 1950.
Notes:
The only four funnel liner to serve in both world wars.

The last liner with four funnels in service. The last four funnel liner in service was the Arundel Castle but, two of her funnels were removed in 1937.



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Builder
Owner
Harland & Wolff Ltd.
Belfast, Ireland
Oceanic Steam Navigation Co.
(White Star Line)
Liverpool, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Feb. 26, 1914
N/A
903' 6"
48,158
21
2,570

Fate:
Sunk Nov. 21, 1916 by a mine laid by U-73.

Location: Aegean Sea, 2 miles northwest of Kea Island, Greece.
(37.42N - 24.17E)

30 crew killed, 1,066 survivors picked up by HMS Heroic, HMS Scourge, HMS Foxhound and
a Greek fishing boat and landed at Piraeus, Greece.

Notes:
Never served as a passenger liner having been requisitioned by the Admiralty on Nov. 13, 1915
and converted into a hospital ship while fitting out.



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Builder
Owner
Harland & Wolff Ltd.
Belfast, Ireland
Union-Castle Line
Southampton, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Sept. 11, 1919
Apr. 22, 1921
661
19,023
17
1,170

Fate:
Scrapped in 1959.
Notes:
Laid down as Amroth Castle.

The last of the four funnel liners in service.

Two funnels removed and lengthened in 1937.



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Builder
Owner
John Brown & Company
Clydebank, Scotland
Union-Castle Line
Southampton, England

Launched
Maiden Voyage
Length
Gross Tons
Speed
Passengers
Mar. 9, 1921
April 1922
661'
18,967
17
870

Fate:
Sunk March 23, 1943 while in convoy KMF-11 by German aircraft (torpedo).
*Hit by torpedo at 02:30 but did not sink until 17:25.

Location: Mediterranean Sea, 110 miles WNW of Algiers, Algeria.
(37.28N - 01.10E)

One crewman killed, Junior Engineer Officer William Ogilvie Mann.
2,699 troops and 289 crew were removed by HMS Whaddon L-45, HMS Eggesford L-15
and HMS Douglas D-90.

Notes:
Two funnels removed and lengthened in 1937.




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