SS Otway

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SS Otway
Career British Merchant Navy Ensign
Name: SS Otway
Owner: Orient Steam Navigation Company
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Glasgow, Scotland
Launched: 1909
Fate: Torpedoed and sunk off the Hebrides on 23 July 1917
General characteristics
Tonnage: 12,077 gross register tons (GRT)
Length: 522 ft (159 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Propulsion: Steam quadruple-expansion engines, twin screws
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Capacity: 1,095 passengers
(280 first class, 115 second class, 700 3rd class)

SS Otway was a British ocean liner owned by the Orient Line, built by Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Glasgow, Scotland and launched in 1909.

She had five sister ships; Orsova, Osterley, Otranto, Orvieto, and the Orama. These ships allowed the Orient Line a prized attraction to the traveling public: fixed sailings every other week to Australia and New Zealand. Requisitioned by the Royal Navy and deployed as an armed merchant cruiser, Otway was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC 49 off the Hebrides on 23 July 1917 during World War I, with the loss of 10 lives. Coordinates: 58°54′N 6°28′W / 58.9°N 6.467°W / 58.9; -6.467