SS Calgaric was an ocean liner built in 1918 by Harland and Wolff in Belfast for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company as Orca. In 1927, she was sold to the White Star Line and renamed Calgaric. She remained in service until 1934
In 1927, White Star Line chartered the ship for service of the White Star Line. The Ship was too small for the White Star Line. In 1932, she was retired. She was sold for Scrap in Jarrow in 1934. The ship was scrapped in 4 months.
Scout and Guide Cruise Edit
Perhaps the ship's main claim to fame is that she was chartered for a Baltic Cruise of Scouters and Guiders, a cruise that lasted from Saturday, 12 August to Tuesday, 29 August 1933. On board were the Baden-Powell family, and about 100 Scouters, 475 Guides and 80 non-Scouts and Guides - presumably spouses of the participants. There were 85 men and 570 women - some of the Wolf Cub Akelas were women.
The itinerary was:- Southampton, Rotterdam (Netherlands), Kiel Canal, Gdynia (Poland), Klaipėda (Lithuania), Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), Pentland Firth, Oban (Scotland) and ended at Liverpool (England).
Official number and code letters Edit
Official numbers were a forerunner to IMO ship identification numbers.
Calgaric had the UK official number 140579 and used the code letters JTLW.