The ADRIA was built in 1896 by Palmers Co Ltd, Jarrow-on-Tyne for the Hamburg America Line. She was a 5,458 gross ton ship, length 399.3ft x beam 50.1ft, one funnel, two masts, single screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was accommodation for 20-1st and 1,100-3rd class. Launched on 27th May 1896, she sailed from Hamburg on 19th Aug.1896 on her maiden voyage to Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore. On 8th Dec.1898 she started the first of two Antwerp - New York voyages under charter to Red Star Line and commenced the second one on 19th Jan.1899.
She then returned to Hamburg - US voyages until 4th Apr.1904 when she started Stettin - Helsingborg - Gothenberg - New York sailings. She made four voyages on this service, and started her last sailing for Hamburg America Line when she left Hamburg on 22nd Nov.1904 for Boston and Baltimore. In 1905 she was sold to the Russian Navy and renamed NARVA and in 1906 she went to the Russian Volunteer Fleet and was renamed KHAZAN. On 19th Apr.1906 she went aground near Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and was wrecked. [North Atlantic Seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, vol.1,p.402]