Etruria was completed in March 1885 and on the 26th she arrived in the Clyde from Liverpool. On 25th April she made her maiden voyage from Liverpool to New York, and then set a new record crossing during her second voyage.
The Etruria was involved in a collision with the Canada, a cargo ship owned by the the National Steamship Co. of Limerick.
Fortunately it was only a glancing collision and there were no injuries and very little real damage.
The Etruria remained on the Liverpool- New York run without incident until the beginning of 1902. On 22nd February the Etruria left New York for Queenstown but on the way the propeller shaft broke and the ship was left drifting helplessly.
Distress signals attracted a Leyland ship, the William Cliff, which helped make temporary repairs. The following day the Etruria was towed to the Azores. A rough crossing later the same year also caused a fractured propeller shaft and a new one had to be sent out from England to New York as a replacement. Again, in early 1903, the Etruria was in the news, as she ran aground at the entrance to the Gedrey Channel whilst leaving New York. Fortunately she was easily re-floated.
Later that year the Etruria was four hours out of New York when she was hit by a freak wave, reportedly some fifty feet high. Part of the fore-bridge was carried away and the guardrail stanchions were smashed, and one Canadian passenger was fatally injured.
In August 1908 the Etruria was due to make her final Atlantic crossing, but as it left the dock at Liverpool, she collided with another vessel, crossing the Mersey.
Damage caused to the rudder and propeller meant that Etruria was unable to sail. She was laid up, and then in October 1909 Cunard announced that Etruria would be sold to the ship-breakers, Thomas Ward for £16,750. The Etruria eventually arrived at Preston, Lancashire on 10th April 1910 to be scrapped.