HMT Lancastria


Tyrrhenia was an ocean liner laid down by William Beardmore & Company in Glasgow, and was launched in May 1920 for Cunard Line. She operated the company route between Glasgow Montreal and made her maiden voyage in June 1922. She was rebuilt for more passenger capacity in 1924, and was renamed Lancastria. She operated till the 1930's the route between Liverpool and New Yok, before she was set to Mediterranean and used as a cruise ship. After the outbreak of World War Two, she was requisitioned by the Admiralty as a troop transport. Under Operation Ariel, the evacuation of Allied forces and civilians from ports in western France, she was attacked and hit four times by German Junkers JU 88 airplanes outside St. Nazaire 17. June 1940. She rolled over and sank twenty minutes later. The exact number of casualties is still debated, and the numbers vary between 4000-5000. No matter the exact numbers, this makes Lancastria the worst naval disaster in British maritime history. The wreck rest today on her port side on a depth of 12 to 36 meter west of La Pleine-sur-Mer outside St. Nazaire. The wreck site is considered a war grave. Also see the story of Leopoldville.

Former names:
HMT Lancastria
Tyrrhenia, RMS Lancastria
578,0 x 70, 0 x 43,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
16243 grt
Glasgow ( UK ) 1922
( UK )

47 09.049 N 002 20.389 W

Picture: RMS Lancastria
Courtesy of Royal Navy, Public domain

Last updated: March 2018