HMHS Anglia facts for kids
SS Anglia, in 1905
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Owner:||London and North Western Railway|
|Route:||Irish Sea ferry crossings|
|Builder:||Wm Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland|
|Launched:||20 December 1899|
|Completed:||10 April 1900|
|Fate:||Hit a mine laid by German U-boat UC-5 on 17 November 1915.|
|Notes:||Sister ship of SS Hibernia (1899)|
Quick facts for kidsGeneral characteristics
|Length:||329 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||39.1 ft (11.9 m)|
|Draught:||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Speed:||21 knots (39 km/h)|
Anglia was built by Wm Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton, Scotland for the London and North Western Railway and was delivered in 1900. At first she was used on the Holyhead to Dublin North Wall service, then from 1908 on the Holyhead to Kingstown (later named Dún Laoghaire) service. With the outbreak of war she was drafted as a hospital ship.
On 17 November 1915 Anglia was returning from Calais to Dover, carrying 390 injured officers and soldiers. At around 12:30 pm, 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) east of Folkestone Gate, HMHS Anglia struck a mine and sank in fifteen minutes. The nearby torpedo gunboat HMS Hazard helped evacuate the passengers and crew. Despite the assistance of the nearby collier Lusitania, 134 people died in the sinking. In October 2014, there were calls for the wreck of the ship to be designated a war grave and protected under the Protection of Military Remains Act, 1986. In March 2017 the wreckage of the HMHS Anglia was declared an official war grave, making it illegal to remove or disturb any human remains at the wreck site.
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