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SS Gothic (1947)
Owner: Shaw, Savill & Albion Steamship Co.
Builder: Swan Hunter
Yard number: 1759
Launched: 12 December 1947
Completed: December 1948
Maiden voyage: 23 December 1948
General characteristics
Type: Cargo liner
Tonnage: 15,902
Length: 561 ft (171 m)
Beam: 72.2 ft (22.0 m)
Draft: 29.7 ft (9.1 m)
Decks: 4
Installed power: Geared steam turbines 14,000 shp (10,000 kW)
Propulsion: Twin screws
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Crew: 95

SS Gothic was a cargo liner launched in 1947. She was the fourth and final of the Corinthic-class liners ordered by the Shaw, Savill & Albion Steamship Co. in 1946—her sister ships being SS Corinthic, SS Athenic and SS Ceramic.

The quartet would join the much larger QSMV Dominion Monarch on the UK to New Zealand service. Each ship would be around 15,000 GRT and accommodate 85 first class passengers. Each had 6 large holds, with space for 668,000 cubic feet (18,900 m3) of cargo, of which 510,000 cubic feet (14,000 m3) was for refrigerated goods.

Gothic was built by Swan Hunter, Wallsend-on-Tyne (yard 1759) and became the most famous of the quartet—becoming Royal Yacht in 1952–3. She was launched on 12 December 1947, completed in December 1948, and departed on her maiden voyage on 23 December 1948, sailing from Liverpool to Sydney.

Royal Yacht[edit | edit source]

In 1952, Gothic was sent to Cammell Laird shipyards to be refitted to become the Royal yacht for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Although the tour was cancelled due to the death of King George VI, considerable work had already been completed and she returned in 1953 to complete the refit—which included a white-painted hull.

She was then used for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation world tour in 1954.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Madge, Tim (1997). Royal Yachts of the World. Thomas Reed Publications. pp. 146–7. ISBN 0-901281-74-3. 

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