The steamer Algerine1 was the last of four ships chartered by the White Star Line to search for bodies in the aftermath of the sinking. The Algerine was a cargo and passenger ship (and part-time sealer) originally built by Harland and Wolff and owned by Bowring Brothers Limited of St. John's, Newfoundland.

She sailed under the command of Captain John Jackman2. Also aboard were chief officer Richard B. Giles3 and undertakers Andrew Carnell4 and a Mr. Lawrence5. There is no record of any clergy being aboard.

The Algerine left St. John's on Thursday, 16 May 1912 and while her search persisted for three weeks, recovered only one body, that of Saloon Steward James McGrady (Body number 330). His remains were brought to Halifax on June 6 aboard the steamer Florizel.


  1. Official No.101,903; Call Sign MRJC; Built 1880 (rebuilt 1910); length 172.1 ft.; breadth 29.5 ft.; draught 14.5 ft.; registered tonnage 505 tons.
  2. Captain John Jackman (died 25 January 1914).
  3. Captain Richard B. Giles, chief officer (died 12 March 1913, aged 56).
  4. Andrew Carnell, Carnell's Funeral Home, St. John's, Newfoundland.
  5. Mr. Lawrence, undertaker, Lawrence Brothers, 139 Gower Street, St. John's Newfoundland.

S.S. Algerine

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