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RMS Atrato

Career
Name: RMS Atrato
Builder: Robert Napier, Govan
Launched: 22 September 1888
Renamed: SS Viking in 1912
Viknor in 1914
Fate: Sunk on 13 January 1915
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,386 grt
Length: 421 ft 2 in (128.37 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draught: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Propulsion: Triple-expansion steam engines
Complement: 22 officers
273 ratings

RMS Atrato was a passenger steamship launched on 22 September 1888 for the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

She was renamed SS Viking in 1912 after her sale to the Viking Cruising Company. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty on the outbreak of the First World War and outfitted use as a naval auxiliary, being renamed again Viknor. She served alongside the 10th Cruiser Squadron under the Command of Commander E. O. Ballantyne with a complement of 22 officers and 273 ratings. She sank with the loss of all hands on 13 January 1915 while on active patrol duty in heavy seas off Tory Island. It is thought she struck a German naval mine.

References

  • Atrato at Clydebuilt
  • Atrato at Maritime Quest
  • The New York Times report on the loss of the Atrato
  • Wreck of HMS Viknor's location (aka RMS Atrato)
  • Memorial white Ensign placed on HMS Viknor's wreck video

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