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SS Celtic - White Star line

Posted: 19 Feb 2005 11:58PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Ismay smee wood roxburgh
I am a little confused, I have been tracing some family members, one of whom travelled to the US and arrived in Boston 27 March 1926 on board the SS Celtic. She was in a party headed by Matilda Ismay.
Eventually I realised why the name Ismay was familiar -- J Bruce Ismay was the owner of the White Star line (of Titanic fame).

Sure enough SS Celtic was a White Star ship on the Atlantic run. Suddenly I dropped into the the SPOOKY zone as the SS Celtic is reported as having run aground off Queenstown Ireland in 1925 and was dismantled and scrapped......

Surely they would not have hauled a hulk back to New York with members of the owner's family on board?

Any Ideas?


Re: SS Celtic - White Star line

The Masked Researcher (View posts)
Posted: 25 Feb 2005 1:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
Perhaps that website had the date wrong?

This website has the date in 1928 and it's the Celtic II:

Likewise with this website:

So, continuing with the web search, I find the following:

It appears she had a collision, but wasn't damaged.

So, my best guess is that it was still operating in 1926.

Re: SS Celtic - White Star line

Posted: 25 Feb 2005 7:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Many Thanks, the last site you indicate seems clear, the site I found has confused the collision with the running aground.
She was obviously fairly robust - Hit a mine, torpedoed, twice hit another ship and then run aground twice in the same day.

Thanks again

Re: SS Celtic - White Star line

Mal (View posts)
Posted: 13 Mar 2005 4:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
The Celtic

Built by Harlan & Wolff Limited, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1901. 20,904 gross tons; 700 (bp) feet long; 75 feet wide. Steam quadruple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 16 knots. 2,857 passengers (347 first class, 160 second class, 2,350 third class).

Built for White Star and Dominion Lines, in 1901 and named CELTIC. Liverpool-New York service. Largest ship afloat 1901-03. Stranded in Cobh harbor and decleared a total loss and scrapped in 1928.

Re: SS Celtic - White Star line

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 4:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
My grandfather Thomas Needham was on I think the Maiden Voyage from Ireland aboard the S. S. Celtic 1913 I have the photos of him and other passengers dancing at the bow to probably an Irish Orchestra.......My cousins and family still live in Roscrea, Ireland....Michael
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