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White Star Line: SS Coptic

White Star Line Coptic 1881-1926

Originally built (1881 by H&W) as a passenger ship for the Liverpool to New York run. Coptic only made two Atlantic crossings and was transferred to the Pacific where she had a refrigeration plant added. (Thomas Ismay's idea) She worked the New Zealand area until she ran aground in Rio de Janeiro in 1889. After repairs, Coptic worked the San Francisco - Hong Kong route, at which time she was purchased by the Pacific Mail Steamship Line in 1911 and renamed Persia. Purchased again by Toyo Kisen Kaisha (Tokyo) and renamed Persia-Maru. Eventually scrapped in 1926.

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