SS Pittsburgh

SS Pittsburgh by Montague B Black

SS Pittsburgh -- Official White Star Line Card

Built: 1922, Harland & Wolff, Belfast.    Yard No: 457
Funnels: 2   Masts: 2
Tonnage: 16,332 GRT
Dimensions: 182.9 x 20.7 m / 600 x 67.9 ft
Engines: Triple Expansion plus Low Pressure Turbine by builders.
Triple Screw;  12,000 IHP;  15 kn.
Hull: Steel, 4 Decks.
Passengers: 600-Cabin Class, 1,800-3rd Class
Crew: 300

The Pittsburgh was originally laid down for the American Line of  Liverpool in November 1913, but building was halted during the First World War. She was launched on November 11, 1920 and completed in White Star Line colors on May 25, 1922. She made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Boston on June 6, 1922. After that, she made voyages to Boston from Hamburg and Bremen. In November 1922 she rescued the crew of the sinking Italian cargo vessel Monte Grappa. In January 1925 the Pittsburgh went to the Red Star Line, registered under British flag for F. Leyland, Liverpool. She made her first Red Star voyage on January 20, 1925 from Antwerp-Southampton-New York. In February 1926 she was renamed Pennland (II). She made her first voyage as the Pennland on February 18, 1926. In 1935 she was sold to Arnold Bernstein of Hamburg, where she operated on the Antwerp-Southampton-Halifax-New York as Red Star Line, after refit for 550 tourist class passengers. In June 1939 she was sold again. This time to the Holland-America Line of Rotterdam. She kept the same name and route. In May 1940 the Pennland was chartered to British Ministry of War Transport and refitted as troop transport. On April 25, 1941 the Pennland was bombed and sunk by German aircraft in the Gulf of Athens.

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