RMS Republic


RMS Colombus was an ocean liner laid down by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, and was launched in February 1903 for Dominion Line. She was after two transatlantic journeys transferred to White Star Line and renamed RMS Republic. After a few more runs between Liverpool to Boston she was transferred to the route between the Mediterranean and New York. Under a journey from New York to Gibraltar with over 700 passengers, she collided with the steamer Florida 24. January 1909 outside Nantucket Island.  A distress call was sent by wireless radio, and a rescue effort to save the passengers was successful. Republic disappeared in the deep that same day.  Rrumors from that date and which continue to this present day, suggest that she a large amount of coins as US Navy payroll for the Atlantic fleet among other valuables like gold bars, eagle coins and whatnot.Non eof these rumors have been confirmed to this date.The wreck has the last decades deteriorated and her hull has pretty much collapsed. Her remains rest today on a depth of 70 to 83 meter south of Nantucket Island.

Former names:
RMS Republic
570,0 x 67,8 x 34,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
15400 grt
Belfast ( UK ) 1903
Liverpool ( UK )

40° 26′ 0″ N, 69° 46′ 0″ W

RMS Republic
Courtesy of Treasures of RMS Republic, Public domain
Last updated: April 2014