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SS Montrose was a transatlantic ocean liner for Elder, Dempster & Company and the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company. She is most notable as the vessel on which Hawley Crippen and his lover, Ethel La Neve, fled England after Crippen's wife was murdered.

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Montrose, a ocean liner with a , was built by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co. of Middlesbroughmarker and was launched on 17 June 1897 for Elder, Dempster & Company. Making her maiden voyage from Middlesbrough to Quebecmarker and Montrealmarker in September 1897, she began regular service from Avonmouthmarker to Montreal the following month. On 14 March 1900, she began the first of eight voyages from Liverpoolmarker to Cape Townmarker as a Boer War troopship.

Rebuilt in 1901 to in 1901, she was sold to the Canadian Pacific Steamship Company in 1903, and outfitted for 70 second-class and 1,800 third-class passengers. She began her service between Liverpool, Quebec, and Montreal on 20 April 1903. She moved to service from Londonmarker to Antwerpmarker and Saint Johnmarker, New Brunswickmarker, in April 1904, and from London to Antwerp, Quebec, and Montreal the following month. Rebuilt again in 1905, the liner was increased to .

Montrose was involved in a sinister affair in 1910. American physician Hawley Crippen and his lover, Ethel La Neve had fled England after the circumstances around his wife's death were questioned. After a body was found in the basement of Crippen's North Londonmarker residence, Scotland Yardmarker Chief Inspector Walter Dew sought the couple for murder charges. One theory had the couple sailing from Dovermarker on , but when inspected in New York on arrival, Crippen and Le Neve were not to be found. The fleeing couple had instead sailed on the Montrose from Antwerp on 20 July. Crippen, identified on Montrose after the vessel received a description of the pair via a wireless dispatch, was arrested, convicted of his wife's murder, and hanged. La Neve was acquitted.

The following year, Montrose was rebuilt a final time, this time to . On 28 October 1914, Montrose was sold to the Admiralty for use as a blockship at Dovermarker. Breaking loose from her moorings during a gale, the liner drifted out and wrecked on Goodwin Sandsmarker.

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