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000815: Helius

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About 1904

Helius, about 1904. This ship was previously named SS Dresden.


HELIUS Steel screw steamer (UC 1904-1906)
O.N. 118066
Builders: Fairfield S.B. & E. Co. Ltd., Glasgow (yard no: 336)
Tonnage: 4,527 gross 2,950 net
Dimensions: 387.4 x 46.7 x 31.1 feet
Engines: Triple expansion by builder 2,800 i.h.p. 13 knots
Passengers: 38 first, 20 second, 1,759 steerage ('tweendecks)

1888: Launched: December 1 as DRESDEN, the first in a new series of cargo and passenger ships built by Fairfield for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen - all were named after German cities. 1889: January: delivered. 1903: November: sold to British and South American Steam Nav. Co. Ltd. (R.P. Houston & Co., managers), Liverpool for their cargo and passenger service to South Africa. Renamed HELIUS. 1904: After one voyage, Houstons agreed to drop this service after they were admitted to the conference lines. March: sold to Union Castle. Laid up at Netley with PEMBROKE CASTLE and never used. 1906: June: both ships sold to the Turkish Government. HELIUS became the navy transport BEZMI-I ALEM (Council of the Universe). 1914: November 6: en route from Istanbul to Trabzon with troops and stores, sunk by Russian destroyers near Kandilli in the Black Sea (41.23N-31.32E). In the same attack, the transports BAHRIYE AMER (ex ROLAND 3,603/1893) and MITHAT PASA (ex PORT ROYAL 4,455/1900) were also sunk.

Source: Peter Mulvany, Irish Seamen's Relatives Association, STEAMSHIP DRESDEN 1888 ( : downloaded 27 November 2009), Helius (formerly SS Dresden), a page from "Union Castle Line: A Fleet History" by Peter Newall (Carmania Press, UK, 1999), page 102.

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