Cruise ship that sailed between UK and USA. It became a WW1 troop ship in 1914, and was torpedoed and sunk in 1918.
Menu for meal on July 4th 1910, with selection of:
Nice embossed letterhead with ‘Atlantic Transport Line S.S. MINNETONKA’.
Text on back: ”Robert M. Hart 257 Robert St. Baltimore Md.” and “god for thee appointed”.
Smudges on front and back. Paper remnants on back where glued into album.
15.5 x 10.5 cm
Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. Launched December 12, 1901; delivered May 17, 1902; maiden voyage May 17, 1902.
The Minnetonka commenced the last of her 137 trans-Atlantic voyages on December 31, 1914 and early the following year became a military transport (HMT 158). On January 30, 1918, the Minnetonka's luck finally ran out when she was sailing unescorted from Port Said to Malta and Marseilles and encountered UC 67 and U 64 some 40 miles East North East of Malta. Two torpedoes were fired by U 64 at 16:43, one of which struck and damaged the Minnetonka. At 17:00 U 64 fired one more torpedo and 10 minutes later UC 67 surfaced and fired 10 rounds at the sinking ship. Fortunately, she was carrying military mail and there were no troops on board.