White Star Line’s Laurentic served as a troop ship and an auxiliary cruiser.
In January 1917 she was sailing from Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a consignment of gold bullion, when she sank after hitting two mines off the Irish coast. 354 men lost their lives. The Royal Navy conducted a salvage operation to retrieve the gold, worth over £5 million. This ceramic floor tile was salvaged from the wreck.