Reported in the News Letter on May 16, 1932: Meat ship ready for maiden voyage to Brazil

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The new passenger and meat carrying motor liner, Highland Patriot, built by Messrs Harland & Wolff Ltd, for the Nelson Steam Navigation Company Ltd, completed her trials in Belfast Lough on Friday [May 13] and proceeded to London the following day in charge of the owners.

The Highland Patriot, which replaces the Highland Hope, lost on the Portuguese Coast in 1930, will leave London on her maiden voyage to Brazil and the River Plate on the 28th inst.

The vessel is a twin screw shelter deck passenger motorship, embodying all the latest technique for the carriage of refrigerated meat cargoes.

Accommodation is provided for 135 first-class and 66 intermediate-class passengers. The passenger cabins are each fitted with an individual heater. A ceiling fan is also fitted in each cabin, and each berth has its own reading lamp.

[The Highland Patriot sank after being torpedoed by a German U-boat on October 1, 1940, 300 miles off the Irish coast. Three of the 172 people aboard died. Survivors were rescued by HMS Wellington.]