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White Star Line SS Zealandic

White Star Line Zealandic 1911-1941 sunk by U-106

Zealandic was built by Harland and Wolff in Belfast in 1911. She was used in joint service with the Shaw Savill and Albion Line for the Liverpool to New Zealand route. From 1917 to 1919, Zealandic served (WWI) as a troop transport then returned to passenger service. In 1926 she was sold to the Aberdeen Line and renamed Mamilius. Transferred again to the Shaw Savill and Albion Line this time renamed Mamari. She was then sold (1939) to the British Admiralty (WWII) and refitted as a decoy version of the British carrier HMS Hermes. In 1942, after a German air raid, she struck a derelict and was beached. Before she could be repaired and freed, she was torpedoed by U-106.

 The HMS Hermes was later sunk after being attacked by 70 Japanese bombers and hit 40 times. She went down taking 307 lives with her.

HMS Hermes (above) and in image (right) sinking.


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