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   RMS Andania was a British ocean liner launched in 1921. She was the first of six 14,000 ton "A"-class liners built for the Cunard Line in the early 1920s. (The others were Antonia, Austonia, Aurania, Ascania, and Alaunia). The ship was constructed in Hebburn by the shipbuilders Hawthorn Leslie and Company, was 538 feet long, and weighed just under 14,000 tons. She could carry more than 1,700 passengers and required 270 crew.[4] She firstly worked on the Hamburg to New York route, and later between Liverpool and Montreal. At the start of World War II, Andania was requisitioned for use as an armed merchant cruiser. Whilst engaged on these duties, she was torpedoed and badly damaged by the German submarine U-A on 16 June 1940. All on board were rescued before the crippled liner sunk some 70 miles (110 km) from Reykjavík.

 


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David Houston BEM. RMS Ardania

I read with interest Judy's story in Iceland and the tale of the trawler Skallagrímur. My Grandfather David Houston was on the RMS Andania when torpedoed by the German submarine UA. My family tell me that he got back on the sinking Andania in search of a missing engineer and was awarded the British Empire Medal for his effort. I know they were all rescued by the brave crew of the Icelandic trawler Skallagrímur.

David Houston



SubLt William Eldon Warwick HMS Osprey

My father William Eldon Warwick was attached to the shore based anti-submarine base HMS Osprey from 17th June 1940 (after having survived the sinking of the Armed Merchant Cruiser Andania the previous day) until 5th August 1940 when he was appointed to the torpedo school HMS Defiance (for ML137).

David B. Warwick







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