SS Berlin was a steel ship, which was owned by the Great Eastern Railway and built for use on their ferry service from Harwich and the Hook of Holland.
Berlin was built in 1894 by Earle’s Shipbuilding and Engineering Company of Hull. She had berths for 218 first- and 120 second-class passengers.
At 0500 on Thursday, 21 February 1907, the Hook lighthouse keeper recorded that Berlin was navigating the channel when she suddenly veered off course northward after a huge wave struck her on her port quarter.
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