Like her sisters,
Corinthic was built for the
White Star/Shaw, Savill & Albion joint service to New Zealand. Launched
at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, in 1902, she made her maiden voyage from
London to Wellington, on 20 November of the same year.
She remained in service throughout World War I (from 1917 to 1919, under
the Liner Requisition Scheme), but her third class accommodations were
used for carrying troops rather than passengers. When she returned to
White Star/Shaw, Savill service in 1920, her route was changed, so that
she now utilized the Panama Canal in both directions. (Prior to the war,
the White Star/SSA joint service had run via Cape Town outbound from
England and via the Cape of Good Hope and Rio inbound.)
In 1929, Corinthic was converted to a cabin/third configuration. But
just two years later, in August 1931, Corinthic made her final voyage.
Four months after that, she was on her way to the shipbreakers, a victim
of the worldwide economic depression.