RMS Celtic – 30 James Street

RMS Celtic

The RMS Celtic was yet another ocean liner that was owned by the White Star Line and was one of four ships that were so heavy (over 20,000 tons) that they were dubbed The Big Four.

She was launched on 4th April 1901 from the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast and her maiden voyage was on 26th July of that year, from Liverpool to New York.

During World War I, Celtic was converted to serve for Britain as a armed merchant cruiser, however, because of the massive amounts of fuel the ship used, it was decided that that she would be a troop ship, used to carry soldiers to Egypt.

When struck by a mine in 1917, 17 people onboard the Celtic lost their lives, but the ship itself somehow survived and it was towed to Belfast. The following year the Celtic was torpedoed in the Irish sea where six people onboard were killed, but again the ship itself survived.

Life after the war wasn’t easy on the ship. She was involved in two collisions; firstly in 1925 in the Mersey, when she accidently rammed another ship, and the second in 1927 when she herself was rammed by an American ship, off Fire Island.

Later on, in December of 1928, Celtic became stranded on the Cow and Calf rocks, approaching Cobh. There were more than 200 passengers aboard and 7,000 tons of cargo was scattered, none of the ship were salvable,  the remains were dismantled for scrap in 1933.