Justicia 1914-1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-46 and U-124. 16 lives lost
Justicia was was originally laid down as the SS Statendam, a 32,234 gross-ton liner built by Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders in Belfast for the Holland America Line. In early 1914, just before the ship was completed, she was acquired by the British government to be used as a troop transport and operated by the White Star Line during WWI. She was renamed Justicia and was crewed by surviving WSL crew members of the HMHS Britannic sinking. On July 19, 1918, only four months before the Armistice, she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-46, 20 miles off the coast of Scotland, but escaped serious damage. Two hours later she was again torpedoed by the same submarine but remained afloat. A third attack was made but without result. On the following day, while still remaining afloat after 4 torpedo hits and being towed, she was again torpedoed 2 more times and sunk by a second German sub, U-124.
SS Justicia painted navy grey for troop transport service.
SS Justicia today at a depth of 240 feet. She lies off the Northwest coast of Ireland; the victim 6 U-boat torpedo hits.
Image Credit: Steve Jones (Diver/photographer)
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