After briefly serving Cunard’s Liverpool-Boston route in 1914, the start of World War I saw her requisitioned by the Admiralty and transformed into an armed merchant cruiser. In 1916, Caronia was converted into a troopship, and served in that role for the duration, returning to the Liverpool-New York run after the war.
In the 1920s Caronia sailed on several different transatlantic routes while cruising in the off season. The video above shows Caronia arriving in port (possibly Liverpool) at some time during this era.
The Great Depression, which made so many older ocean liners redundant, killed Caronia. Her final voyage, a westbound transatlantic crossing, began on 12 September 1932, after which she was sold to a scrapper. Caronia was broken up the following year in Osaka, Japan. She was renamed Taiseiyo Maru for her final voyage.
Yet Caronia’s spirit wouldn’t die. Her name would grace two future Cunard Line vessels.
On the following pages, we’ll take a quick tour around Caronia, one of the greatest liners of the Edwardian era.
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