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S.S. ST. DAVID - G.W.R. Ferry

artist unknown

S.S. ST. DAVID - 1st W.W. Hospital Ship

Date: 1910s

Media: watercolour on paper

Size: 202 x 307 mm

Acquired: 1990; Purchase

Accession Number: 90.75I/1

The S.S. ST DAVID was a triple-screw turbine steamer built in 1906 by John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydesbank for the Great Western Railway. She was one of four vessels built between 1906 and 1908 for the GWR’s newly-inaugurated service from Fishguard to Rosslare. All four vessels saw service as hospital ships during the First World War, bringing wounded soldiers back from France. When a replacement St David was built in 1932, this vessel was re-named Rosslare, but she was withdrawn from service soon afterwards and cut up at Newport in 1933.

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