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Remembered Today:

Hospital ship "Cambria"


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Just wondering whether anyone can tell me anything about the Cambria. This was the hospital ship on which my grandad was sent back to England after being gassed in September 1918. Would be great to see a photo of it and get a little of its history. Any help as always much appreciated.

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Cambria was a 1842 grt passenger steamer that was built in 1897 by Wm. Denny & Bros., Dumbarton for the London & Northwestern Railway Co., Dublin. The Royal Navy took her over in August 1914 and user for a year as an armed boarding steamer before she became a hospital ship.

Postwar she was returned to her owners but renamed Arvonia in 1919. I 1923 ownership changed to the 23 - London, Midland & Scottish Railway, Dublin. She was broken up in 1925.

Dimensions: 329 feet x 39.a feet, and a top speed of 21.5 knots when new. Official number was 108811.

For a picture, take a look here.

Best wishes,


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