RMS Egypt


Egypt was a steam ocean liner laid down by Caird & Company in Greenock, and was launched in1897 for P.O Steam Navigation Companyin London. She was requisitioned by Royal Navy after the outbreak of World War One, and used as ahospital ship in the Mediterranean.She was returned to her owners in 1920. Under a journey from Tilbury to India loaded with gold, silver and passengers she collided with the steamer Seine in the English Channel 20. May 1922. She disappeared in the deep twenty minutes later, and 86 people lost their lives. Because of her valuable cargo there was a strong interest to salvage the cargo. But first they had to actually find the wreck. This was not done before 1930, and two years later the salvage work could start. A new techniques was invented more or less over night and they started using armored diving suits.  From 1932 to 1935 they managed to rescue nearly all her precious cargo. The wreck was inspected in 2001 and 2006 by technical divers who noted that the wreck in large parts were totally collapsed. The battered wreck rest today on a depth of 100 to 127 meter approximately 25 nautical miles outside the island of Ushant.

Former names:
RMS Egypt

499,8 x 54,3 x 24,5 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
7912 grt Greenock ( UK ) 1897 London ( UK )

Picture: RMS Egypt in the Suez Canal
Courtesy of Pandosnco

Last updated: May 2018