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Victorian was built for the Leyland Line by Harland and Wolff at their Belfast yard, one of a class of four boats.

Victorian was launched on July 7th, 1895 as a cattle and cargo carrier, and she sailed on her maiden voyage between Liverpool and Boston on 7th September.

In the November of 1899, Victorian operated as a Boer War transport, being used mainly to carry horses to South Africa, and was used intensively on this operation.

On February 28th, 1903, Victorian was transferred in-house to White Star Line management, but still remained under Leyland Line ownership.

On 24th April, 1903, Victorian made her first sailing between Liverpool and New York, to join the other cattle boats.

In 1904, Victorian remained in Leyland Line ownership, but operated the White Star Line cargo service, and bore the latter company's livery.

In 1910, Victorian was repainted in Leyland Line livery.

In the August of 1914, Victorian was renamed Russian, which was an Admiralty requirement in order to prevent any confusion with the Allan Line's Victorian.

On the 14th December, 1916, Russian was torpedoed and sunk by UB-43, 210 miles east of Malta, whilst traveling to Salonika, Newport, with the loss of 28 crew.

 

N.B. Image source Wikipedia (Armenian pictured)

 

 

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