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Updated: 09-06-2014

Caesarea was the ancient Roman name for Jersey. It was only natural that her sister, built by Cammell Laird & Co., Birkenhead, and introduced into LSWR service in 1910, be named Sarnia, the Roman name for Guernsey. A triple screw steamer, her machinery followed the now well established pattern of a single high pressure turbine directly driving the central, ahead only, screw exhausting into two low pressure turbines driving the port and starboard screws, giving her a top speed of just over 20 knots.

Requestioned by the Admiralty in 1914, Sarnia served as an armed boarding vessel. She was torpedoed and sunk off  Alexandria in 1918.

Sarnia at St. Malo.
0375 - An untravelled T. Guérin postcard.

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