About this object

Builder's model of Hildebrand. Built in Greenock for the Booth Steamship Company and launched in 1911.
She was built to serve the booming rubber trade, sailing between Liverpool and South America.
Following the outbreak of the First World War, Hildebrand was requisitioned for war service as an Armed Merchant Cruiser with Cruiser Force “B” of the 10th Cruiser Squadron. One significant incident occurred on 2 October 1917 when she narrowly missed being struck by a torpedo during escort duty, that same torpedo sank HMS Drake.
Following the ship’s war service, Hildebrand was retuned to Booth Line and continued to ply the passenger trade along the Amazon route until finally being laid up, sold and broken in 1934.

Object specifics

  • Title
  • Accession no.
  • Type
    Builder's model
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1911 c
  • Materials
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Life at Sea
  • Measurements
    1050 x 650 x 3230 mm
  • Related people
    Booth Steamship Co Ltd (Booth Line) (Shipowner); Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd (Shipbuilder)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections
Object view = Social History
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