TITANIC-TITANIC.com | SS Tropic II
- Builder: Harland and Wolff
- Yard No.: 303
- Launched: 9th July, 1896
- Maiden Voyage: 9th January, 1897
- Gross Tonnage: 8,262 tons
- Length: 475.9 ft.
- Beam: 55.2 ft.
- Decks: 3
- Funnels: 1
- Masts: 4
- Propellers: 2
- Engines: 2 x triple expansion engines
- Speed: 11 knots
- Port of Registry: Liverpool
- Carrying Capacity: Cargo carrier
- Sister Ships: Cufic II
Tropic II was launched as the European, for the West India & Pacific Steam Ship Company, at the Belfast shipyard of Harland and Wolff, on the 9th July, 1896. On the 9th July, 1897, European began her maiden voyage, between Liverpool and New Orleans, for the cotton trade.
On 1st January, 1900, the entire West India & Pacific Steam Ship Company fleet was taken over by Frederick Leyland Limited. European kept the same name, and she was also used as a Boer War transport ship.
In the year 1901, European became part of the I.M.M.C.
On the 12th December, 1908, Tropic II was in collision with the coaster Wyoming, of the Argonaut S.N. Company, off the Skerries.
In 1914, Tropic II remained on the Australian meat trade.
In the May of 1917, Tropic II was operated by the Shipping Controller, under the Liner Requisition Scheme.
In 1919, Tropic II reverted to the Australian service.
In 1923, Tropic II was sold to Ditta L. Pittaluga, of Genoa, and kept the same identity.
In 1924, Tropic II was renamed, becoming Artico, of the Soc. Anon. Ligure Di Nav. a Vapore, of Genoa.
In 1927, Artico was sold back to Ditta L. Pittaluga, and renamed Transylvania.
In 1933, Transylvania was broken up at Genoa.
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