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The "Ancona" was built in 1907 by Workman, Clark & Co.Ltd., Belfast for the Italian company - Italia. She was a 8,188 gross ton vessel, length 482.3ft x beam 58.3ft, One funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 16 knots. There was accommodation for 60-1st class and 2,500-3rd class passengers. Launched on 19/12/1907, she sailed from Genoa on her maiden voyage to Naples, New York and Philadelphia on 26/3/1908. In 1909 accommodation for 120-1st class passengers was added, and in Sept.1910 she was further modified to carry 60-1st and 120-2nd class. On 7/11/1915 she was torpedoed and sunk by an Austrian submarine south of Sardinia while on passage from Italy to New York, with the loss of 206 lives. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.3,p.1383] [Posted to The ShipsList by Ted Finch - 27 October 1997]
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