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The Great European War
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5th August 1914 - 11 November 1918


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A55 - A74






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HMAT
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HMNZT
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Hospital Ships - All

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Fifth Convoy onwards
Small groups without Warship escort
A mixture of HMAT, RMS, Hospital Ship & Single Voyage Transports. Loosely grouped in Convoys and seemingly given token Convoy numbers. Many travelled singular once embarkations at a given Port was completed




A55    KYARRA

1903-18

6,953 gross tons. Passenger Liner as owned by the AUSN Co Ltd, Sydney with registry at Fremantle


6th November 1914 converted into a Hospital Ship HMAHS
21 November 1914 at Brisbane, 25 November at Sydney, 5th December at Melbourne and December at Fremantle boarded AIF, medical and hospital personnel
March 1915 at Sydney converted into a Troop Transport given prefix A55
13 April 1915 as part of Convoy 5 at Sydney boarded the 3rd Infantry Battalion 5th reinforcements & 16 April at Brisbane boarded further AIF personnel
16 August 1915 as part of Convoy 10 departed Brisbane with AIF personnel & 21 August departed Melbourne with AIF as the 8th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment
3rd January 1916 as part of Convoy 16 at Brisbane boarded AIF personnel & Medical Officers
3rd June 1916 as part of Convoy 22 departed Sydney with AIF as the 1st Infantry Battalion 18th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion 18th Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion 18th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
17 November 1916 boarded Medical Officers at Brisbane


3rd September 1917 as part of Convoy 33 at Sydney & 7th September at Melbourne boarded AIF troops 28th & 29th Reinforcements for the 1st Light horse Regiment & Medical Officers
Torpedoed and sunk by a submarine in the English Channel, 26 May 1918
Upper left image as A55 boarding Troops, upper right as Hospital Ship at Melbourne and lower right Painting of her as Hospital ship by R Borstel - all available available as modern digital 6x4 inch postcards or larger Prints. Click on image for details


A56    PALERMO

1903-25

7,597 gross tons. P & O Steam Navigation Co, Glasgow. 1903 built as a passenger/cargo (refrigerated) steamship


7th May 1915 as part of Convoy 5 departed Melbourne with 108 AIF as the 5th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment
29 October 1915 of Convoy 13 departed Melbourne with 114 AIF as the 11th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment & Medical Officers
17 -18 April 1916 of Convoy 20 departed Sydney with 107 AIF & Medical Officers
30 September 1916 of Convoy 26 departed Melbourne with 104 AIF & Medical Officers
image at Town Pier Port Melbourne when requisitioned as A56 available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcard and larger prints. Click image for details



A57    MALEKUTA

1914-44

built as a cargo steamship for T & J Brocklebank Ltd, Liverpool. 7,430 gross tons. Lb: 143.3 x 17.7 metres


7th May 1915 at Town Pier Port Melbourne yet boarded no Troops. Possibly being refitted to carry Troops & horses
19 May 1915 of Convoy 5 departed Newcastle New South Wales with 109 AIF
23 September 1915 of Convoy 9 departed Melbourne with 129 AIF and Medical Officers
16 March 1916 of Convoy 18 departed Sydney with 130 AIF
21 March 1916 departed Adelaide with 3 AIF, one RAN Petty Officer, Medical Officers and 400 horses
22 June 1916 of Convoy 22 departed Melbourne with miscellaneous person to the AIF
27 June 1916 departed Adelaide with 156 AIF and Medical Officers

1935 sold to Townsend Bros (Sg) Ltd, Liverpool and onsold to Fan Shien Ho, China and renamed Sheng Ho
1938 sold to Okada Gumi KK,Japan renamed Seiwa Maru
12 November 1944 aircraft bombed by US Navay at 14.35N/120.55E
image at Town Pier Port Melbourne 7th May 1915 as A57 available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcard and larger print/s. Click image for details



A58    KABINGA

1907-43

4,657 gross tons. Lb: 121.9 x 15.9 Metres. Cargo steamship built for Bucknall SS Lines Ltd. 1914 owned by Ellerman & Bucknall SS Co Ltd, London
12 September 1914 captured by sms Emden in the Bay of Bengal and released with the Emden’s beaching at the Cocos Islands November 1914


7th May 1915 as part of Convoy 5 departed Melbourne with 15 AIF
20 May 1915 departed Newcastle NSW with 98 AIF Troops
19 November 1915 as part of Convoy 14 departed Melbourne with 114 AIF
8th May 1916 of Convoy 20 departed Melbourne with 117 AIF including Medical Officers
12 September 1916 of Convoy 25 departed Sydney with 89 Troops
5th March 1917 as part of Convoy 28 departed Sydney with 1 miscellaneous personnel
image in peacetime livery c1910 available for purchase as a modern 6x4 inch postcard and larger print/s. Click image for details



A59    BOTANIST

1912-20

7,688 gross tons. Lb: 143.1 x 17.7 metres. Cargo steamship built 1912 by Henderson at Meadowside, England for the Charente SS Co Ltd, Liverpool (T J Harrison). Single screw, quadruple expansion engine making 12 knots


1915 requisitioned by the Australian Government as Hired Military Australian Transport given A59 prefix
Completed four Troop Transports carrying Australian Infantry Force (AIF) to Egypt & England
1st - 2nd June 1915 in Convoy 5 embarked/departed Port Adelaide with 5 Officers, 2 Sergeants & 104 Troops including Medical Officers
23 November 1915 in Convoy 14 departed Melbourne with 5 Officers, 8 Sergeants & 95 Troops
26-28 April 1916 in Convoy 20 departed Port Adelaide with 5 Officers, 3 Sergeants & 116 Troops including Medical Officers
24 August 1916 in Convoy 14 departed Melbourne with 4 Officers, 5 Sergeants & 149 Troops including Medical Officers
24 March 1920 wrecked upon Komuriya Reef East Ceylon when bound from Calcutta to London
image at Ceylon 1920 available as modern digital 6x4 inch postcard or larger Print. Click on image for details


A60    AENEAS

1910-40

10,049 built in 1910 by Workman Clarke at Belfast with a tonnage of 10049grt, a length of 509ft, a beam of 60ft and a service speed of 14 knots. Built for the Ocean Steam Ship Co (Blue Funnel Line) Liverpool. She was one of three 'A' Class passenger ships built during 1910-11 for the South Africa-Australia service. Maiden voyage commenced on 18th November 1910 from Glasgow - Liverpool - Fishguard - Las Palmas - Cape Town - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney. The service was operated on a six-weekly basis and took 39 days


14th - 23rd June 1915 refitted at Cockatoo Island Dockyard, Sydney to transport 1820 troops
Completed 5 Transport voyages up to October 1917

29 June 1915 departed Brisbane with the 25th Infantry Battalion & their 1st Reinforcements and the 26th Infantry Battalion & their 1st Reinforcements
20 December 1915 at Sydney embarked the 1st Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements, 1st Light Horse Regiment 13th Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 4th Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements, 13th Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements, 17th Infantry Battalion 8th Reinforcements, 18th Infantry Battalion 8th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
8 April 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Melbourne
11 April 1916 departed Adelaide with the 10th Infantry Battalion 17th Reinforcements, 32nd Infantry Battalion 6th Reinforcements, 48th Infantry Battalion 2nd Reinforcements & the 50th Infantry Battalion 2nd Reinforcements 17 April 1916 embarked at Fremantle the 28th Infantry Battalion 12th Reinforcements & the 51st Infantry Battalion 2nd Reinforcements 30 September 1916 at Sydney embarked the 4th Infantry Battalion 21st Reinforcements & Medical Officers
17 April 1916 embarked at Fremantle the 11th Infantry Battalion 17th Reinforcements, 16th Infantry Battalion 17th Reinforcements and the 51st Infantry Battalion 2nd Reinforcements 30 September 1916 departed Sydney with the 54th Infantry Battalion 5th Reinforcements, 55th Infantry Battalion 5th Reinforcements & the 56th Infantry Battalion 5th Reinforcements
30 October 1917 departed Melbourne with the 10th Infantry Battalion 25th Reinforcements, 11th Infantry Battalion 27th Reinforcements, 27th Infantry Battalion 20th Reinforcements, 40th Infantry Battalion 9th Reinforcements, 51st Infantry Battalion 11th Reinforcements & Medical Officers

May 1918 she ran aground at Torcor Head on Rathlin Island. She returned to the Australian service on 29th May 1920 with capacity for 180 First Class passengers. In 1924 the service became a joint Blue Funnel - White Star operation and in the following year she was transferred to Far East route, joining the 'Sarpedon' Class vessels to bring the number of ships operating the service to five

On 2nd July 1940, during a voyage as part of convoy OA 1776 from London to Glasgow where she was to finish unloading, she was sunk following an air attack off Start Point, Devon. Being the largest vessel and second ship in a line ahead convoy she was singled out for a machine gun and bomb attack. The main steam supply was disabled by a bomb which also blew out her starboard side. Her master, Captain D L C Evans, ordered the boats to be lowered as the ship heeled over and sank. Nineteen lives were lost and the survivors were picked up by HMS Worthington
image 30 October 1917 departing Port Melbourne as A60 available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcard and larger print/s. Click image for details



A61    KANOWNA

1903-29

6,942 gross tons. Lbd: 415'6"x 52'2" x 28'6". 14 knots. Twin screw passenger steamship built by W Denny & Sons, Dumbarton for the Australasian United Steam Navigation Co, registered London (AUSN). Serviced between Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne Sydney and Brisbane.

8th August 1914 Requisitioned as a transport at Townsville, Queensland. Manned by Australian Officers and crew. Embarked Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force - as the Queensland based 'Kennedy Regiment' for Port Moresby New Guinea.
Meanwhile and, under the command of Colonel William Holmes, the AN&MEF departed Sydney aboard the P&O liner Berrima and halted at Palm Island off Townsville until the New Zealand force, escorted by the battlecruiser HMAS Australia, cruiser HMAS Melbourne and the French cruiser Montcalm, occupied Samoa on 30 August. The AN&MEF then moved to Port Moresby where it met the Queensland contingent aboard the transport HMAHS Kanowna. The combined force then sailed for German New Guinea on 7 September but the Kanowna was left behind when her stokers refused to work.
It should be noted that the Queensland based 'Kennedy Regiment' had been under orders that in the event of war they were to reinforce the garrison on Thursday Island in order to prevent German military action there. Thus on the outbreak of the war, the regiment's officers had hastily mobilised it and requisitioned the Kanowna under the Defence Act. Once they had arrived on the island, a call for volunteers for overseas service had been made and 500 men had responded. As such it was decided to retain the Kanowna to transport this Force wherever it needed to go, however, evidently the crew of the ship had not been consulted about whether or not they wished to participate in possible military action and as a result there was considerable discontentment amongst the crew on board

Commonwealth control ended 21 August 1914. Requisitioned again 1st June 1915.

1st - 6th June 1915 refitted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney to transport 1100 troops Proceeded to England where converted into a hospital ship with accommodation for 452 patients. Re-classified as HMAHS KANOWNA (2nd Hospital Ship)
For the next three years transported sick and wounded between England and Australia

22 December 1915 departed Sydney with 1st Dermatological Hospital (Infectious Diseases)

15th July 1917 departed England with wounded Australian soldiers, via Durban arriving Fremantle 1st September 1917. 3rd September 1917 departed Fremantle and via Port Adelaide arrived Port Melbourne 6pm 10th September 1917, anchored off Gellibrand Lighthouse until 9am the next day when berthed 9am at the 'New Pier' (later renamed Princes Pier)

25 September 1917 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney


At the end of hostilities she continued in her role as a Hospital Ship transporting ailing and injured Australian troops back to Australia. Recorded as departed London 25 August 1919, berthed at Durban, South Africa 24 September 1919 and arriving Sydney 27 October 1917



Continued her coastal passenger service until 18 February 1929 whilst travelling Sydney to Melbourne she struck Corsairs rock in the Ansar group near Cleft Island South of Wilson's Promontory Victoria and sank the following day 19th February 1929. All saved. Passengers were transferred to the steamship Mackarra prior to the sinking of Kanowna. The steamship Dumosa was used to transfer Kanowna’s officers and crew
Originally it was believed that the Kanowna could be moved and saved, but the boiler fires had extinguished and attempts to beach the ship were unsuccessful. The ship remained afloat for several hours before sinking. Fog is believed to have been a major factor in the incident. A Court of Inquiry found the captain should have slowed his vessel in the fog. It is one of Victoria's largest shipwrecks
Sistership Kyarra A50 also served as Hospital ship and was lost in the English Channel
Upper left side image as HMHS towed by tug Nyora at Port Melbourne 6th July 1916, upper right as Hospital ship at No 1 Buoy, Sydney andlower right as an oil painting by R Borsrel, Sydney- all available for purchase as a modern 6x4 inch postcards & larger prints. Click on image for details

A62    WANDILLA

1912-42

7785 gross tons. Lb: 125.4 x 17.3 metres. 1912 built as a passenger steamship for the Adelaide Steamship Co, Port Adelaide


May 1915 requisitioned by the Australian Government and converted into a Troop Transport A62
Of the 8th Convoy departing from Sydney 14 June 1915, 17 June Melbourne and 25 June 1915 from Fremantle
Of Convoy 14 departing Melbourne 9 November 1915
Of Convoy 17 departing Brisbane 31 January 1916, then Sydney 3rd February 1916
Of Convoy 21 departing Sydney 2nd June 1916, and Melbourne 6th June 1916
July 1916 converted into a hospital ship
1919 returned to Adelaide Steamship Co
1921 sold to Bermuda & West Indies SS Co Ltd, Hamilton and renamed Fort St George
1935 sold to Lloyd Triestino, Trieste Italy and renamed Cesarea
1938 renamed Arno for same owners
10 September 1942 bombed, sunk by Aircraft launched torpedo (RAF)
image 6th June 1916 departing Port Melbourne as A62 available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcard and larger print/s. Click image for details



A63    KAROOLA

1909-37

Built as a passenger steamship for McIlwraith, McEacharn Co Pty Ltd, Melbourne
Operated out of the major ports around the Australian coast

May 1915 requisitioned as a Troop Transport given A63 as HMAT identification
12 June 1915 of Convoy 8 departed Brisbane with 381 AIF
16 June 1915 departed Sydney with 631 AIF as 1st Infantry Battalion 6th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion 6th Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion 6th reinforcements & Medical Officers
25 June 1915 departed Fremantle with 204 AIF
August 1915 converted into a hospital ship
18 December 1915 of Convoy 16 departed Melbourne with 165 AIF and 69 Nurses
24 December 1915 departed Fremantle with 9 Nurses
7th March 1916 of Convoy 18 departed Melbourne with 245 AIF and 14 Nurses
14 March 1916 departed Fremantle with 52 AIF and 2 Nurses
20 May 1916 of Convoy 22 departed Sydney with 16 AIF, Medical Officers and 7 Nurses
26 May 1916 departed Melbourne with 72 AIF, Medical Officers and 16 Nurses
19 August 1916 of Convoy 24 departed Melbourne with 248 AIF and 45 Nurses
25 August 1916 departed Fremantle with 2 AIF Officers
9th December 1916 of Convoy 28 departed Melbourne with 92 AIF and 16 Nurses
25 April 1917 of Convoy 31 departed Melbourne with 95 AIF, Medical Officers and 50 Nurses
2nd May 1917 departed Fremantle with 2 AIF
7th September 1917 of Convoy 34 departed Melbourne with 24 AIF as 'ships staff'
23 January 1918 of Convoy 36 departed Melbourne with 91 AIF, 3 RAN and 19 Nurses
23 March 1918 of Convoy 38 departed Melbourne with 94 AIF, Medical Officers and 19 Nurses
12 June 1918 in 'Single Voyage' charter and of Convoy 40 departed Melbourne with 99 AIF, Medical Officers and 19 Nurses
18 September 1918 as Hospital Ship of Convoy 42 departed Melbourne with 93 AIF and 19 Nurses
24 September 1918 departed Fremantle with 1 AIF
Made 10 separate voyages out of Australia with Medical personnel



1919 returned to Australian coastal passenger services mostly on the East coast
1936 laid up in Sydney
1937 sold to Shanghai interests for scrapping
Upper left side image as A63 at Fremantle June 1915, upper right as Hospital ship at Port melbourne and lower right as a painting by A V Gregory, Melbourne- all available for purchase as a modern 6x4 inch postcards & larger prints. Click on image for details



A64    DEMOSTHENES

1911-31

11223 gross tons. Lb: 152.6 x 19 metres. Aberdeen Line (G.Thompson & Co Ltd ). 1911 built as a passenger-cargo steamship



17 July 1915 as part of Convoy 9 departed Melbourne with 1352 AIF including Medical Officers
23 July 1915 at Fremantle embarked a further 159 AIF
29 December 1915 as part of Convoy 16 departed Melbourne with 1598 AIF including Medical Officers
18 May 1916 as part of Convoy 21 departed Sydney with 1610 AIF
22 December 1916 as part of Convoy 27 departed Sydney with 1240 AIF and 46 Naval Officers
9th November 1917 as part of Convoy 35 departed Sydney with 78 AIF and 9 Nurses
image photograph departing Port Melbourne 16 July 1915 by J E Barnes available here as modern reproduction 6x4 inch postcard or larger Print. Click on image for details



A65    CLAN MACEWEN

1912-48

5140 gross tons, 3190 net. Lbd: 430.5 X 53.6 X 26.6 feet (131.2 x 16.3 metres). on: 133053. Cargo ship (refrigerated) built 1912 by Palmer Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd. Jarrow (Yard No 817) for The Clan Line Steamers Ltd (Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd, Glasgow). Single screw, triple expansion engine making 14 knots

8th - 26th June 1915 converted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney to transport 126 troops and 450 horses
30 June 1915 of Convoy 8 departed Sydney with 121 AIF as the 1st Light Horse Regiment, 6th Reinforcements
1915 during the Dardanelles campaign served Alexandria – Mundros – Salonica. Housed Turkish Prisoners of war
October 1915 carried meat stores for eight months
9th October 1916 of Convoy 26 departed Melbourne with 90 AIF and 293 horses
17 October 1916 departed Fremantle with 1 AIF Officer
POST HOSTILITIES
1920 transferred to Scottish Shire Line (Turnbull Martin & Co), renamed Buteshire
1932 transferred to Houston Line
1943 took part in the first inbound convoy to transit the Mediterranean since 1940
February 1948 scrapped by Thomas W Ward at Preston UK
Ultra rare image as Clan Macewen available here for purchase as a modern 6x4 inch postcard and larger print. Click image for details



A66    UGANDA

1898-1918

5,355 gross tons. Lb: 410 x 51 feet. Passenger Cargo steamship built by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow for British India Steam Navigation Company Glasgow & London. Triple expansion engines - 2274 ihp. Service speed 10 knots. Carried only 17 passengers and, despite her name Uganda, spent most of her service in Indian and Australian waters

17th - 29th May 1915 converted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney to transport 136 troops and 180 horses
15 June 1915 of Convoy 8 departed Sydney with 65 AIF including Medical Officers
22 June 1915 departed Melbourne with 58 AIF
20 November 1915 of Convoy 14 departed Sydney with 123 AIF
2nd May 1916 of Convoy 20 departed Melbourne with 111 AIF including Medical Officers
20 September 1916 od Convoy 24 departed Fremantle with 155 AIF
17th June 1916 when off Marseilles, attacked by enemy submarine. Hit several times by shellfire, her crew were still able to bring her own gun into action at extreme range. The sixth shot was believed to have hit the U-boat as it submerged immediately and was seen no more
29 May 1918 torpedoed off Majorca 90 miles north of Algiers. She sank two days later, fortunately with no loss of life
Ultra rare image - sadly low resolution - available here for purchase as a modern 6x4 inch postcard and larger print. Click image for details



A67    ORSOVA

1909-36

12,036 gross tons. 2 quadruple expansion engines making 18 knots. Passenger/cargo steamship built for the P & O SN Co Ltd, Glasgow


and leased by the Commonwealth until 28 February 1917
14 July 1915 of Convoy 9 departed Sydney with 643 AIF as the 1st Infantry Battalion 7th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalione 7th Reinforcements & 3rd Infantry Battalion 7th Reinforcements. Also 1 RAN Officer 17 July 1915 departed Melbourne with 683 AIF & 2 RAN Officers 22 July 1915 departed Fremantle with 35 AIF 10 November 1915 of Convoy 15 departed Sydney with 398 AIF and Medical Officers 12 November 1915 departed Melbourne with 825 AIF and 3 RAN Officers 18 November 1915 departed Fremantle with 3 AIF 11 March 1916 of Convoy 18 departed Sydney with 1139 AIF 16 March 1916 departed Melbourne with 267 AIF, Medical Officers and 7 Nurses 29 July 1916 of Convoy 23 departed Sydney with 274 AIF, Medical Officers and 3 Nurses 1st August 1916 departed Melbourne with 1086 AIF and Medical Officers 2nd December 1916 of Convoy 28 departed Sydney with 350 AIF, 18 RAN, Medical Officers and 47 Munitions workers 6th December 1916 departed Melbourne with 388 AIF as the 4th Light horse Regiment 24th Reinforcements, 2 RAN, 23 Munitions workers, Medical Officers and 49 Nurses 12 December 1916 departed Fremantle with 8 AIF
Left side image photograph departing Port Melbourne 12 December 1916 by J E Barnes available here as modern reproduction 6x4 inch postcard or larger Print. Click on image for details. Right side image artist unknown peacetime livery also available



A68    ANCHISES

1911-41

10,046 gross tons. Speed 14 knots. Built 1911 by Workman Clarke at Belfast for the Ocean Steamship Co Ltd, London (Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line)


9th - 14th August 1915 refitted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney to transport 1520 troops
August 1915 until October 1917 operated as an Australian Troopship as HMAT A68
26 August 1915 of Convoy 10 departed Melbourne with 982 AIF
2nd September 1915 departed Fremantle with 497 AIF
14 March 1916 of Convoy 18 departed Melbourne 1278 AIF including the 4th Light horse Regiment 15th Reinforcements, Medical Officers and, 39 RAN
16 March 1916 departed Adelaide with 371 AIF & 1 RAN Petty Officer
24 August 1916 of Convoy 24 departed Sydney with 1139 AIF
28 August 1916 departed Adelaide with 626 AIF
24 January 1917 of Convoy 29 departed Sydney with 1755 AIF & 3 Nurses
8th August 1917 of Convoy 33 departed Sydney with 529 AIF including 4th Light horse Regiment 29th Reinforcements, 63 RAN, 1 NZEF, 316 Munitions Workers & 3 Nurses
Resumed peacetime services as a cargo vessel on the Australian run. On 23rd September 1918 she was chased by a submarine in the Atlantic and attacked with gunfire. Retaliating with extreme accuracy the Anchises drove off her attacker
September 1922 resumed commercial service on the Glasgow - Liverpool - Brisbane. On 27th February 1941 she was damaged and lost power following an air attack by a Focke-Wolf FW200 Condor off Bloody Foreland, Ireland. A total of 134 passengers and crew abandoned ship in six life boats whilst 33 crew members remained on board to try to sail her to Liverpool. Whilst waiting for a salvage tug she was attacked again on 28th February and sank with the loss of 12 lives. The remaining survivors were rescued by HMS Kingcup and HMCS Assiniboine. She was only 70 miles short of the Mersey Estuary Loss of 12 lives
Left side image photograph at Port Melbourne 14 March 1916 by J E Barnes and right side image at Ocean pier Hobart in wartime livery by J Craike both available here as modern reproductions 6x4 inch postcards or larger Prints. Click on images for details



A68    WARILDA

1912-18

7,713 gross tons, 4477 net. Lbd: 411'6" x 56'7" x 34'1". Twin screw steel passenger ship built 1912 by W Beardmore & Co Ltd., Dalmuir for the Adelaide Steamship Company along with sisterships Wandilla & Willochra. Twin quadruple expansion engines = 626nhp on 6 coal fired boilers. Her top speed is recorded as 16 knots and her average service speed rated as 14.5 knots. Commenced passenger services out of Fremantle, Western Australia upon arrival 1912. Capable of almost 400 in three classes


August 1915 requisitioned as an Australian Troopship designated A69
'possibly' - 12 August 1915 the 1st Infantry Battalion, 10th Reinforcements embarked at Sydney
5th October 1915 of Convoy 12 departed Brisbane with 674 AIF including 9th Battalion 10th Reinforcements
8th October 1915 departed Sydney with 687 AIF as 1st Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements, Unit 4 Infantry Battalion - 9 to 12 Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
8th February 1916 of Convoy 17 departed Melbourne with 1055 AIF including 12th Battalion 14th Reinforcements & Dental Unit, 1 RAN Petty Officer and 4 Nurses
10 February 1916 of departed Adelaide with 225 AIF and 1 Nurse
16 February 1916 departed Fremantle with 104 AIF
22 May 1916 of Convoy 21 departed Sydney with 605 AIF as the 1st Tunnelling Company & 375 Tunnellers of the 4th Company, Dental Unit and Medical Officers
25 May 1916 departed Melbourne with 381 AIF as No 4 Tunnelling Company and 1st Reinforcements, 370 Tunnellers of the 5th Company, & Medical Officers
1st June 1916 departed Fremantle with 380 AIF as members of the 6th Company
voyaged via Durban and Cape Town before the Tunnellers disembarked at Plymouth, England on 18 July 1916
Converted into a hospital ship July 1916
Between Southampton and Le Havre, in 1918, she was struck by a torpedo that failed to explode. Following that she was involved in a collison at sea resulting in heavy damage
3rd August 1918 torpedoed and sunk by U-boat in English Channel with the loss of 130 lives
Left side image as A69 in camouflage & rightside image in 'tint enhanced' Hospital Ship marking both available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcards and as larger prints. Details shown when clicking on images



A70    BALLARAT

1911-17

11,120 gross tons. Speed 14 knots. Built as a passenger-cargo steamship the P & O Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London with Greenock registry. Service 'Branch Line' England - Australia via Cape Town


6th September 1915 of Convoy 12 departed Sydney with 350 AIF including Medical Officers
9th September 1915 departed Melbourne with 483 AIF as the 4th Light horse Regiment 10th Reinforcements
14 September 1915 departed Adelaide with 516 AIF
16 February 1916 of Convoy 17 departed Sydney with 558 AIF including Medical Officers & 1 RAN Petty Officer
18 February 1916 departed Melbourne with 857 AIF & 11 RAN
5th August 1916 of Convoy 23 departed Sydney with 164 AIF including Medical Officers
8th August 1916 departed Hobart with 321 AIF including Medical Officers
12 August 1916 departed Adelaide with 937 AIF including Medical Officers and 3 Nurses
19 Febraury 1917 of Convoy 29 departed Melbourne with 1608 AIF including Medical Officers and 3 Nurses
25 April 1917 torpedoed by Submarine English Channel, all Troops & crew saved, vessel sank next day
image at Port Melbourne 19 February 1917 by J E Barnes available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcard and as larger print. Details shown when clicking on image



A71    NESTOR (3)

1913-50

14,051 gross tons. 14 knots. Built as a passenger-cargo steamship for the Ocean Steamship Co Ltd, London (Blue Funnel Line). Lb: 171.7 x 20.8 metres. 2 Triple expansion engines making 13.5 knots


Requisitioned by the Australian Government for troopship duties from 11 October 1915 until 28 February 1918. A total of five AIF voyages & 1 British Army suppliment
11 October 1915 of Convoy 13 departed Melbourne with 2032 AIF and Medical Officers
9th April 1916 of Convoy 19 departed Sydney with 1554 AIF including the 2nd Infantry Battalion 16th Reinforcements, Medical Officers and 5 Nurses
2nd October 1916 of Convoy 25 departed Melbourne with 2040 AIF including the 4th Light horse Regiment 21st Reinforcements and Medical Officers
5th April 1917 of Convoy 30 departed Melbourne with 1 Imperial Trooper
21 November 1917 of Convoy 35 departed Melbourne with 196 AIF as the 4th Light horse Regiment 30th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
28 February 1918 of Convoy 37 departed Melbourne with 165 AIF as the 3rd Infantry Battalion 26th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
image at Port Melbourne 11th October 1915 available for purchase here as a modern (2018) postcard 6x4 in ch and larger as prints. Click on image for details



A72    BELTANA

1912-33

Built as a passenger-cargo steamship for the England - Australia Branch line service of P & O Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Greenock. 11,120 gross tons. Speed of 14 knots



9th November 1915 of Convoy 14 departed Sydney with 1416 AIF including the 1st Light Horse Regiment, 12th Reinforcements
13 May 1916 of Convoy 21 departed Sydney with 1409 AIF & 3 RAN
25 November 1916 of Convoy 27 departed Sydney with 1613 AIF including 1st Field Company Engineers and Medical Officers and, 7 Nurses
6th December 1916 departed Fremantle with 1327 AIF
16 June 1917 of Convoy 32 departed Sydney with 573 AIF including Medical Officers, 5 RAN and 366 Munitions workers
19 January 1918 of Convoy 36 departed Melbourne with 51 AIF including Medical Officers, 29 RAN, 7 Nurses & 224 miscellaneous workers
Post hostilities
continued regular service until sold in1930 to Toyo Hogei KK, Japan
1933 scrapped at Kobe
image in camouflage livery 1917-19 available for purchase here as a modern (2018) postcard 6x4 in ch and larger as prints. Click on image for details



A73    COMMONWEALTH

1902-23

6,616 gross tons. Speed of 14 knots. P & O S N Co Ltd, London. 1902 built for W Lunds Blue Anchor Line. Passenger liner serviced Australia until 1910 when fleet taken over by P & O



26 November 1915 of Convoy 15 departed Melbourne with 925 AIF including Medical Officers
28 March 1916 of Convoy 18 departed Brisbane with 903 AIF as 15th Reinforcements, 15th Battalion , bound for Egypt
19 September 1916 of Convoy 24 departed Melbourne with 516 AIF including Medical Officers
21 September 1916 departed Adelaide with 477 AIF
4th April 1917 of Convoy 31 departed Sydney with 46 AIF
2nd November 1917 of Convoy 35 departed Melbourne with 800 AIF as 1st Light Horse Regiments 30th 31st and 32nd Reinforcements, 4th Light horse Regiments 30th Reinforcements & Medical Officers & 32 New Zealand Expeditionary Force
9th November 1917 departed Fremantle with 130 AIF including Medical Officers
2nd March 1918 of Convoy 38 departed Sydney with 8 AIF including Medical Officers, 14 RAN & 161 'Navvies' bound for England
image at Port Melbourne 2nd November 1917 available for purchase here as a modern (2018) postcard 6x4 inch and larger as prints. Click on image for details




A74    MARATHON

1904-24

7,827 gross tons. Speed of 14 knots. G Thompson & Co Ltd, Aberdeen (Aberdeen Line) January 1904 completed as a Passenger/cargo steamship refrigerated, single funnel famous 'Aberdeen clipper' bow. London - Australia service until July 3, 1912 when docked for refit, lengthening with extra dummy funnel added


1915 requisitioned by Australian Government as Troopship
4th May 1916 in Convoy 21 departed Sydney with 1225 AIF personnel
21 May 1916 at Fremantle embarked 4 Nurses
27 Oct 1916 in Convoy 26 departed Brisbane with 1078 AIF as the 49th Battalion, 7th Reinforcements, Medical Officers & 35 Nurses
31 October 1916 departed Sydney with 146 AIF personnel
January 9, 1917 disembarked at Plymouth
10 May 1917 in Convoy 31 departed Sydney with 1187 AIF personnel as 1st Infantry Battalion 25th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
23 July 1918 in Convoy 41 departed Melbourne with 488 AIF & 6 Nurses
29 July 1918 departed Albany with 176 AIF personnel and 1 Nurse
1921 sold to Royal Mail Steam Packet Co, Aberdeen and renamed Oruba 1924 scrapped
image in camouflage arriving Port Melbourne January 1919 by A C Green and available for sale as Modern 2018 production as 6x4 inch postcard and larger as Prints. Click on image for details



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