Hildebrand

34.37

On display

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.