Delphic, launched on 5 January 1897, is a strong contender for the dubious honor of being the least glamorous ship ever to sail for White Star Line. Built by Harland and Wolff in 1897, Delphic was mostly used for carrying people and cargo between England and New Zealand.
The 8,273-ton Delphic was, in almost every way, a small and ordinary vessel—similar to the type operated by many shipping lines of her era. The twin-screw liner was 475 feet long and had a 55-feet beam. She was rated at a lackluster 12 knots with four masts and a single gangly funnel located amidship. Her appearance could best be described as functional.
Delphic was distinguished only by her military service. She served as a transport during two wars. In the Boer War, Delphic carried troops and horses to South Africa. The liner returned to military service in World War I.
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