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Updated: 24-05-2014

Built by the Clydebank Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., successors to J & G Thompson, Clydebank in 1898 for the LSWR's Channel Islands - France services, Vera's design was based on that of Alma and Columbia. Two four cylinder triple expansion engines driving twin screws gave her a service speed of 18 knots.

With the outbreak of WW I Vera was requestioned by the Admiralty for use as an auxiliary cruiser and as such was credited with the sinking of a German submarine off the Isle of Wight.

At her return from the war, Vera resumed her peacetime rĂ´le, principally on the Channel Islands routes with occasional replacement duties on the Southampton - Le Have Service. In 1933, after a 35 year career, Vera was replaced by a new Brittany and sold to Thomas Ward & Sons, Inverkeithing for breaking up.

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