An S.S. RUNIC Nickle Silver Plated Brass Napkin Ring 1 3/4" in diameter. Great enamel Crest...a small amount of wear to plating. A nice hard to get WHITE STARLINE collectible from around 100 years ago.
The S.S. Runic started her maiden voyage from Liverpool to Sydney on 19 January 1901, she quickly proved to be popular on the route. On 25 November that year she went to the assistance of the Union-Castle liner Dunottar Castle which had broken down, and towed the liner to the port of Dakar in West Africa.
Runic initially remained in commercial service after the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, but on 21 January 1915 she was commissioned by the Australian government as a transport ship and was given the designation HMAT (His Majesty's Australian Transport) A54. On 1 May that year Runic collided with the 954 ton collier Horst Martini in fog whilst in the English Channel, the smaller ship sank, but no lives were lost. On 28 November 1917 she was commandeered under the Liner Requisition Scheme and remained so until she was released back into commercial service on 10 April 1919, when she returned to the Australian service.
In October 1921 Runic was sent back to Harland & Wolff for her passenger accommodation to be reconditioned. She spent most of the rest of the 1920's operating on the Australia service in tandem with the Medic, Suevic and Ceramic. On 3 November 1928 when she was on an extended voyage to Glasgow she collided with HMS London causing minor damage to her stern.
Runic made her last voyage to Australia for White Star in December 1929, following her return she was laid up for disposal after nearly 29 years of service
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White Star Liner S.S. RUNIC Souvenir Napkin Ring
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