the SS Parthia


The SS Parthia was an iron-hulled transatlantic ocean liner built for the Cunard Line by William Denny and Brothers in Dumbarton, Scotland.

Cunard Line is a British-American cruise line based at Carnival House at Southampton, England, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation & plc.

Dumbarton is a town in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, on the north bank of the River Clyde where the River Leven flows into the Clyde estuary.

William Denny and Brothers Limited, and often referred to simply as Denny, was a Scottish shipbuilding company.


Her sister ships were the Abyssinia and Algeria.


Unlike her two sisters, Parthia was smaller, built in a different shipyard and had a slightly different funnel arrangement.

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The Parthia was retired by Cunard in 1883 and sold to John Elder & Co., who subsequently transferred her to the Guion Line.

The Liverpool and Great Western Steamship Company, known commonly as the Guion Line, was a British passenger service that operated the Liverpool-Queenstown-New York route from 1866 to 1894.

The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Limited was a Scottish shipbuilding company in the Govan area on the Clyde in Glasgow.


After serving with the Guion Line and operating on transpacific routes with the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, she was refit and renamed Victoria.

Canadian Pacific Limited was created in 1971 to own properties formerly owned by Canadian Pacific Railway, a transportation and mining giant in Canada.


Under her new owners, the Northern Pacific Steamship Company, Victoria began operating out of Puget Sound in Washington state.

Puget Sound is a sound along the northwestern coast of the U.S. state of Washington, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, and part of the Salish Sea.

Washington, officially the State of Washington, is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

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In 1898, she was resold to the North American Mail Steamship Company and transferred to American registry.


Due to this, Victoria was used as a troopship in the Spanish–American War, carrying troops to Manila in the Philippines.

The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is a sovereign island country in Southeast Asia situated in the western Pacific Ocean.

The Spanish–American War was a conflict fought between Spain and the United States in 1898.


In 1900, she served with various owners along a route from Puget Sound to Nome, Alaska until she ended up with the Alaska Steamship Company in 1908.

Nome is a city in the Nome Census Area in the Unorganized Borough of the U.S. state of Alaska.

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Victoria was then operated between San Francisco, California, and Nome, Alaska, via Seattle, Washington.

Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States and the seat of King County, Washington.

San Francisco is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

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In 1924, the Victoria, now 54 years old, underwent a massive refit, which added oil-fired boilers, larger superstructure and an enclosed bridge to her ageing hull.

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In 1934, Victoria inaugurated the first Alaskan cruise for her owners, calling to Nome and Kotzebue in Alaska.

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In 1935, Victoria was laid up in Seattle for three years and was converted to cargo only in 1940.

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From 1941 to 1947, the U.S. War Administration used her on 46 voyages to Alaska.


In 1952, she was sold for scrap to Dulien Steel Products, a firm on Lake Washington.

Lake Washington is a large freshwater lake adjacent to the city of Seattle.


Instead, she was converted into a barge and used by the Straits Towing and Salvage Company as the Straits No. 27 until 1956.


Later that year she was renamed Straits Maru and scrapped in Osaka.

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