Launched in 1900, the Allan Line's Tunisian was built by Alex Stephen &
Son of Glasgow. She took her maiden voyage on 5 April 1900, from
Liverpool to Halifax and Portland, Maine. A month later, she made her
first trip to Québec and Montréal.
During World War I, Tunisian served first as a prisoner of war
accommodation ship at Ryde, Isle of Wight, and then as a troop carrier.
In 1917 she passed into Canadian Pacific ownership with the Allan Line
itself, and returned to commercial service, serving Canada from
Liverpool, London and Glasgow over the next three years.
In 1920, Tunisian was converted to a cabin/third class configuration.
Renamed Marburn in 1922, she remained in service until 1927, sailing
from Liverpool, Glasgow, Hamburg, Antwerp and London at various times.
She made her final transatlantic sailing, from Antwerp to St. John, New
Brunswick, in April 1928, and went to the breakers that fall.
Sources: Haws' Merchant Fleets; Bonsor's North Atlantic Seaway.