Delphic at Wellington (National Library of New Zealand)
Ellen Keenan (who married Thomas Walls)
The Delphic departed from England on ---- and arrived at Wellington on 17 12 1899.
DELPHIC (ref 1
) was built in 1897 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 8273grt, a length of 475ft 11in, a beam of 55ft 3in and a service speed of 12 knots. Launched on 5th January 1897 her reduced power and lower speed earmarked her for eventual service to Australasia and after her maiden voyage to New York which commenced on 17th June and a subsequent sailing she was transferred to the New Zealand joint service. She commenced her first White Star, Shaw, Savill & Albion Joint Service sailing on 30th September 1897. On 31st March 1900 she was employed as a Boer War troop transport and carried 1,200 men from London to Cape Town during a voyage to New Zealand. She commenced a similar voyage on 4th April 1901 when she carried troops from Queenstown to Cape Town whilst en-route to New Zealand. On 16th February 1917 she was missed by a torpedo fired by U-60 when she was off southwest Ireland. In the following March she was taken over under the Liner requisition Scheme and on 17th August 1917 was torpedoed by UC-72 135 miles of Bishop Rock during a voyage from Cardiff to Montevideo with a cargo of coal. Five lives were lost.