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La Grande Duchesse: 1901

La Grande Duchesse: 1901

        One of six vessels sunk off the Atlantic coast by a German U-boat on the so-called "Black Sunday" of June 2, 1918.

Circa 1901. "S.S. La Grande Duchesse -- Plant Line steamship." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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Ship of aliases

In November 1901, Ocean Steamship Co. acquired and renamed her the City of Savannah as she plied the route between New York and Charleston. She became part of the New York and Porto Rico Steamship fleet in January 1906 and was now known as the Carolina.

The captain of the U-151 allowed the crew and passengers to abandon ship before he sank her with shellfire. Most were rescued even though the lifeboats had to endure a squall that night. Only eight passengers and five crew were lost, possibly when their motor dory was swamped. Not a lucky ship as she had numerous mechanical issues and survived a 1913 collision with the liner Cleveland in New York Harbor.

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