Swedish American Line,
|Off.no: 6277||Build: 04.1905||Shipyard: A. Stephens & Sons, Ltd., Glasgow U.K.|
|Dwt: 8.450||Grt: 11.187||Dim: 158,6 x 18,4 x 11,6 m.|
|Speed: 17,0 knots||Pass: 1-class: 426, 2-class: 286, 3-class: 800|
Build for Allen Line S.S. Co, U.K. as T/S VIRGINIA
1914: Taken over by British Admiralty and converted to troop-ship, later converted to a armed merchant cruiser in 10th Cruiser Squadron.
1915: Allen Line S.S. Co. purchased by Canadian Pacific S.S. Ltd., Canada.
1920: British Admiralty transferred the ship back to her company.
1920: Purchased by Rederi AB Sverige - Nordamerika, Gothenburg, Sweden and renamed DROTTNINGHOLM.
1922 - 23: Rebuild from coal to oil-firing and modernized at Gotaverken AB, Gothenburg, Sweden.
1939 - 1946: She was famous as a "mercy" ship during WW II, carrying exchanged prisoners of war and internees under the auspices of the Red Cross. Resumed passenger service i March 1946 as the oldest liner in the Atlantic trade.
1946: Sold to South Atlantic Lines Inc. (Swedish American Line), was taken over first 1948 and renamed BRASIL.
1948: In February she made her 440th and last voyage for the Swedish American Line.
1948-1951: in traffic for Home Line.
1951: Sold to Mediterranean Lines Inc. (Home Line), Panama.
1951: Rebuild in Italy, renamed HOMELAND and in charter for Hapag Lloyd.
1955: Sold to Italian breakers in Trieste, but resold in 1956 to the South Atlantic Lines Inc., Genoa, Italy and was broken up first in 1962.