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SS Armenian

   SS Armenian was a Victorian Class Ocean Liner built by Harland and Wolff, Belfast. The ship was launched on the 25th of November 1895 as the SS Indian for Frederick Leyland & Co. but was renamed as the Armenian, before her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Boston on 28th September 1896. She served as a transport ship during the Boer War. In 1903 she returned to civilian life and was loaned to the White Star line for the cargo service between Liverpool and New York until 1910 when she returned to the Leyland Line.

At the outbreak of the Great War she was laid up, but quickly returned to service as a horse transport sailing between Britain and France.

15th Aug 1914 9th Lancers ready to sail  9th Lancers departed Tidworth Camp, marched to Amesbury station and arrived at Southampton by train, but there was some delay before the transport ships were ready to be loaded for the crossing to Boulogne. 30 officers, 588 other ranks and 613 horses of the 9th Lancers embarked for France aboard the SS Armenian and the SS Welshman.

16th Aug 1914 9th Lancers arrive in France  At about 3pm the 9th Lancers began to disembark at Boulogne from the SS Welshman and the SS. Armenian, the narrow gangway of the Armenian was hardly suited to horses and the process was slow and tedious. After a period of waiting on the quay, they set off on the three mile march to the camp at Pont de Bricques cheered along by excited locals who festooned them with flowers. Arriving at the camp to find there were no shackles in the horse lines dampened the mood and it was late night before they could finally retire for the night.

28th Jun 1915 SS Armenian lost  The transport ship SS Armenian was challenged by the German submarine U-24 off Trevose Head, Cornwall, whilst sailing from Bristol with a cargo of 1,400 mules intended for the British Army in France. The crew were given time to abandon ship before U-24 fired two torpedoes into her stern, sinking the ship. Twenty nine crew members were lost.

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