White Star Line SS Vedic
White Star Line Vedic 1918-1934
The SS Vedic was one of the first White Star Line ships to be sent to the scrap yard in 1934 when Cunard and White Star merged. With Cunard holding the majority of the shares in the new company, they made the decision to put Vedic out of service immediately. She was an older vessel and had undergone two previous refits. She was built by Harland and Wolff in 1918 and was fitted as a troop transport before her completion.
Vedic didn't see passenger service until 1920 when she underwent a refitt and was used on the Liverpool to Canada immigrant run. In 1925 her service route changed to Australia where she served as an immigrant ship and was frequently chartered by the Salvation Army. Vedic was refitted for 3rd class space only and passengers often complained about the lack of ventilation and the cramped space in the cabins as well as on deck. She was carried refrigerated cargo in her holds.
When Cunard-White Star formed, with Cunard holding the majority of the interest, it was decided in 1934 to have Vedic scrapped, which took place in Rosyth Scotland.
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