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White Star Liner RMS and HMS Laurentic (2nd)


 White Star Liner RMS and HMS Laurentic (2nd) 1927-1940 torpedoed and sunk by U-99 - 49 killed

Another one of the unlucky White Star liners. Built by Harland and Wolff in 1927, she ran the Liverpool - Quebec/Montreal routes. In 1932, while in the Straight of Belle Isle (Newfoundland) she collided with the British ship Lurigethen. In August of 1935, Laurentic is again involved in a collision, this time with the Blue Star liner Napier Star in the Irish Sea with the loss of six lives. In 1939 Laurentic was commissioned as an armed merchant cruiser and was ultimately sunk by a German U-boat in WWI (1940).

The White Star Line owned two ships named Laurentic. Ironically, both Laurentic's were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boats. One in WWI, the other in WWII.

(For more on Laurentic's demise, see WSL ships v U-boats)

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