S.S. Alaunia

 

S.S. Alaunia was built at Greenock in 1913 for the Cunard Steamship Company Limited and launched in December of the same year.
 
She was requisitioned as a troop transport when the war broke out, carrying troops from India, Canada and America to Europe. She also saw service during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
 
The Alaunia was on a voyage to New York to pick up troops when she struck a mine two miles off Hastings, Sussex, with the loss of just two of the crew. 164 of the crew and all 180 passengers were saved.
 
She is the biggest wreck on the Sussex coast
 
See also wikipedia and wrecksite
   
A report on the sinking of the Alaunia appeared in the Evening Express on the 20th October 1916.
 
ALAUNIA SUNK.
FATE OF A CUNARD LINER.
180 PASSENGERS LANDED.
AS WELL AS CAPTAIN AND 163 OF THE CREW.
   The Cunard liner Alaunia has been sunk. The crew of the steamer have been landed, and according to a message received late last night the passengers, about 180 in number, including a number of women and children, had been landed earlier.
   A Lloyd's message states that the captain and 163 of the crew have been landed.
   The Alaunia was a steel screw steamer built at Greenock in 1913 for Cunard Steamship Co., Ltd. She had a registered tonnage of 13,400, and her length was 520.3 feet.
   She was in command of Captain H.M. Benison, a Liverpool man.
 

THE CREW.

SEVERAL MEMBERS REPORTED UNACCOUNTED FOR.

   It is unofficially reported that several of the crew are unaccounted for, but no confirmation of the statement has been received.
   It is thought they may have been landed at another point.
Local crew lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view 2nd Steward CHARLES FREDERICK MORRIS LIVERPOOL (TOXTETH PARK) CEMETERY
Other crew lost
OBIT RANK FORENAME SURNAME BURIED or COMMEMORATED
view Trimmer JOSEPH WILLIAM WHITE TOWER HILL MEMORIAL