Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On Ships They Came - RMS Ausonia

RMS Ausonia was built in 1921 by Armstrong Whitworth & Co in Newcastle, as the third of Cunard's six post-World War I "A Liners". Launched on 22 March 1921, she made her maiden voyage on 31 August 1921 from Liverpool to Montreal, and the following season went into service on the London-Canada route.

Built: 1921, Armstrong Whitworth & Co, Newcastle. Yard No: 970
Funnels: 1 Masts: 2
Tonnage: 13,912 GRT
Dimensions: 164.0 x 19.9 m / 538 x 65.3 ft
Engines: Geared turbines from builders.
Twin Screw; 8,500 SHP; 15 kn.

Hull: Steel, 2 Decks and shelter deck, 7 hatches, 20 derricks, fcsle & bridge-426 ft.
Passengers: 510-Cabin Class, 1,178-3rd Class
Crew: 270

On 16 Apr 1926 RMS Ausonia departed Cherbourg (a city in northwest France on the English Channel). On board was our ancestor, Andrew Bauman (b.29 Jan 1901 in B. Oszlop, Hungary) son of Ferenc Bauman & Zsuzsanna Grosz.
The Ausonia arrived in Quebec, Canada on 25 Apr 1926.

In 1927 she was refitted for the new cabin-, tourist- and third-class configuration.

On 2 September 1939 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted into an armed merchant cruiser; then in 1942 she was converted into a heavy repair ship.

She was scrapped in Castellon, Spain in 1965.


1 comment:

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

What a beautiful ship. I would have loved to emmigrate - or take a voyage around the world - on one of the older ships.
Evelyn in Montreal