HMHS Anglia

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SS Anglia 1905
SS Anglia, in 1905
Name: Anglia
Owner: London and North Western Railway
Route: Irish Sea ferry crossings
Builder: Wm Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland
Yard number: 619
Launched: 20 December 1899
Completed: 10 April 1900
Fate: Hit a mine laid by German U-boat UC-5 on 17 November 1915. [1]
General characteristics
Tonnage: 1,862 GRT
Length: 329 ft (100 m)
Beam: 39.1 ft (11.9 m)
Draught: 16 ft (4.9 m)
Propulsion: Triple expansion engine
Twin screws
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h)

SS Anglia was a steam ship requisitioned for use as a hospital ship during the First World War. On 17 November 1915 she hit a mine laid by the German U-boat, UC-5.


Anglia was built by Wm Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland for the London and North Western Railway and was delivered in 1900. At first she was used on the Holyhead to Dublin North Wall service, then from 1908 on the Holyhead to Kingstown (later named Dún Laoghaire) service. With the outbreak of war she was drafted as a hospital ship.


On 17 November 1915 Anglia was returning from Calais to Dover, carring 390 injured officers and soldiers. At around 12:30 pm, one mile east of Folkestone Gate, HMHS Anglia struck a mine. The nearby torpedo gunboat HMS Hazard helped evacuate the passengers and crew. Despite the assistance of the nearby collier Lusitania 134 people were killed in the sinking.[3][4]

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