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PS Duchess of Cornwall (ex - Duchess of York)
Launched on May 28th, 1896 by Barclay, Curle & Co at Glasgow
Engines : Compound diagonal
Dimensions : 185.5 ft x 22.1 ft
302 Gross Registered Tonnes

Built for the Southampton, Isle of Wight & South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.
The last passenger paddle steamer built by Barclay, Curle & Co
Returned 167 survivors from the Titanic disaster to Plymouth from the SS Lapland on 29th April 1912
Sold in May 1916 to the Admiralty becoming a minesweeper in the Mediterranean Sea
Bought back by her original owners in 1921
Renamed Duchess of Cornwall in 1928 so that her original name could be used for a new liner for the Canadian Pacific Line.
Did not serve with the Admiralty in World War II having been returned as unsuitable
Sunk by bombing at Southampton dock in 1940 but raised and returned to service.
Withdrawn after the 1946 season
Final voyage October 16th 1946 escorting the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth on first commercial crossing to New York.
Remained at Southampton as a reserve cargo steamer until scrapped at Northam at the end of 1949

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