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500.3 x 63.3 x 45


Scrapped in Hamburg 1962


The SS Athenic was a British passenger liner built by Harland & Wolff shipyards for the White Star Line in 1901. In 1928, she came to a Norwegian company and was renamed the SS Pelagos. Torpedoed in 1944, she was refloated the following year and continued to serve until her demolition in 1962.
The 12,234-ton steamship Athenic was built on the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast and launched on 17 August 1901. Athenic was the first of three identical sister ships which were built for the profitable freight and passenger service from London to Wellington, New Zealand. The other two were the SS Corinthic (1902) and the SS Ionic (1903). They were the first orders of the White Star Line after its takeover by J. P. Morgan's International Mercantile Marine Company (IMMC). On 13 February 1902, she sailed into London on her maiden voyage to Wellington via the Canary Islands, Cape Town and Hobart. She remained on the New Zealand route until the outbreak of World War II. (accessed 22/9/2017)




My grandparents Peter MacNeill and Marion Cameron migrated from Scotland to New Zealand in 1902 per the “Athenic”.

My grandmother ida Davidson emigrated to New Zealand in 1908 travelling in The Athenic. She left from Turriff Aberdeenshire alone to travel to London and onto Wellington NZ. Around ten yrs later she moved to Melbourne Australia.

Hi there I got a wooden box with the label of the s s athenic on the top and the letters B.H.R on the sides. I’m guessing this is someone’s initials? Anyone recognise them? Or have a way I could find out. Box has a zinc lining and has been in our family for at least 30 years, down in hunterville. Cheers

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