Statendam was laid down at Harland & Wolf in Belfast in 1912, and was launched in July 1914. She was originally meant to sail for the Dutch company Holland America Line, but was never completed as a civil passenger ship. Due to the outbreak of the Great War her delivery was delayed, and in 1915 she was requisitioned by the British Admiralty and outfitted as a troop transport. She was renamed to Justicia and was commissioned in April 1917. She did several trips transporting troops from Australia, New Zealand and America, before she encountered the German uboat Ub-64 outside Ireland 19.July 1918. She was hit by four torpedoes, but was still afloat. The escort chased the enemy uboat, which fled the area. Justicia was taken under tow, but the next morning the German uboat UB-124 under command of Hans Oscar Wutsdorrf had arrived the area. Two more torpedoes were fired, and soon after Justicia disappeared in the deep. The wreck rest today on a depth of 60 to 70 meter about 16 nautical miles north west of Innistrahull.

Former names:
776,0 x 86,0 x 42,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
32234 grt
Belfast ( UK ) 1914
London ( UK )

N 55° 39' 27.60"  W 07° 43' 07.20"
( Source: Irish Wrecks Online )

Picture: Statendam in 1917
Courtesy of Great Ocean Liners

Last updated: January 2021