During those years the Metagama was generally a good-luck ship. She avoided hostile fire and attack
from German U-boats during the war. While in commercial service, however, she was involved in two serious mishaps . . . both
collisions with other ships.
On May 26, 1923, the steamer collided with the Baron Vernon, a steamer for the Hogarth Line in England,
while navigating the Clyde River.
The second collision, this time with the Italian steamer Clara Camus in dense fog about seven miles
off Cape Race, was much more serious. A story in the Newfoundland Post and Telegraph of June 20, 1924, said the Italian vessel
rammed the Metagama amidships on the starboard side, cutting a hole fifteen feet long and three feet wide. The bow of the
Camus was badly battered. Miraculously nobody was hurt.
During the confusion, three of the Metagama’s crew members went over the side in a life boat
to determine the extend of damage. But the boat got caught in the current and drifted off in the fog. The U.S. Coast Guard
cutter Tampa had to search for them. Strangely, the boat was found drifting, but the three sailors were missing. It was presumed
they were lost at sea.
The Matagama did not sink, but she was leaking badly and was listing hard to port by the time she
arrived in port. She came in under tow. The Clara Camus also limped into port, but under her own steam.
At the time of the accident the Metagama was carrying 695 passengers. They were taken off by the steamship
Montreal and then taken to Montreal, which was their destination on the Metagama.
The Camus was carrying grain from Montreal to Havre, France.
The Metagama was only 15 years old, and considered a young and seaworthy ship when it went out of
service in 1931. The cause was the Great Depression which hit the shipping industry hard. She was laid up in anchorage of
Southend for three years where she lay rusting and falling into disrepair.
In April, 1934, the Metagama was sold for scrap.