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Star Of England
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Vestalia
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The Great European War
The Great War
World War 1
5th August 1914 - 11 November 1918


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A29 - A54



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Suevic, Borda, Ajana, Themistocles Ayrshire, Persic, Berrima, Boonah, Barambah, Ulysses, Port MacQuarie, Ceramic, Bakara, Boorara, Barunga, Vestalia, Bulla, Clan MacGillivray, Mashobra, Seang Bee, Seang Choon, Itonus, Chilka, Surada, Itria, Runic




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Hospital Ships - To be listed early April 2018

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Postcards of the era To be listed early April 2018



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Second Convoy
31 December 1914
Second Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces assembled at King George's Sound, Albany Western Australia 28 December 1914, majority of fleet departing 31 December 1914. Australian transports: A29 Suevic; A30 Borda; A32 Themistocles; A33 Ayrshire; A34 Persic; A35 Berrima; A36 Boonah; A37 Barambah; A38 Ulysses; A39 Port Macquarie; A40 Ceramic; A42 Boorara; A43 Barunga; A44 Vestalia
New Zealand Transports:
HMNZT Knight of the Garter; HMNZT Willochra; HMNZT Verdala. Australian Submarine AE2 was under tow of the Berrima, herself equiped as an auxiliary cruiser and the only 'protecting' vessel of the convoy
Bakara was to be part of this convoy but sustained fire in her coal bunkers and remained at Albany after the fleet had departed. Barunga also remained having engine problems on the day of fleet departure. A31 Ajana joined the convoy from Fremantle 2nd January 1915




A29    SUEVIC

1901-42

12,531 gross tons. Lb: 167.7 x 19.3 metres. Twin screw, quadruple expansion engine making 13.5 knots. Passenger/cargo (refrigerated) steamship built, completed 1901 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for Oceanic SN Co Ltd, Liverpool (White Star Line)

21 December 1914 departed Sydney with C Squadron & 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment

The 6th Light Horse Regiment sailed to Egypt and disembarked on 1 February 1915
From 12 June 1915 until 11 Aug 1918 in Convoys 6, 15, 21, 27, 32 & 41 completed a further 5 AIF Troop transports

20-23 December 1915 embarked with 18th & 20th Battalions, 4th Battalion of Liverpool, NSW, 23rd Reinforcements & Medical Officers.
6th June 1916 embarked 44th Battalion from Fremantle.
11 November 1916 departed Sydney with 17th Battalion, 18th Reinforcements & Medical Officers for the Western Front.
21 June 1917 departed Melbourne with 27th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment, 1st Pioneer Battalion & Medical Officers, arriving Liverpool England 26 August 1917.
Returned from England with sick and wounded soldiers, arriving in Sydney on 13 May 1918. 20 July 1918 embarked Medical Officers from Sydney



INFORMATION to be ADDED


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A30    BORDA

1913-30

11,136 gross tons. Lb: 500' x 62'3" x 31'9" (152.4 x 19 metres). Twin screw, 2 x four cylinder quadruple expansion engine making 14 knots. 900ihp. Passenger/cargo (refrigerated) steamship launched December 1913 completed by Caird & Company, Greenock March 1914 for P & O SN Co, London. Designed for and placed upon the Great Britain - Australia emigrant service via the Cape of Good Hope (Branch Line)

INFORMATION to be ADDED

December 22, 1914 embarked 1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade at Melbourne
17 October 1916 Medical Officers - From Sydney.
1917: Requisitioned by the Shipping Controller, England
23 June 1917 Medical Officers - From Adelaide
29 June 1917 Medical Officers - From Fremantle
17 July 1918 Medical Officers - From Sydney

1920: Returned to Branch Line service
1928 Laid up
12 March 1929 Last departure from Brisbane for Britain
August 1930 sold for £28,850 to Tokai Shoji Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan for demolition at Kobe
Upper left image 20 October 1916 departing Port Melbourne and, upper right image camouflage livery at Port Melbourne now available for purchase as a 6x4 inch postcards or larger prints. Click on image for details



A31    AJANA



7,759 gross tons, 4873 net; 10400 dwt. Lb: 454' x 56'3" (138.4 x 17.1 metres). Twin screw, 2 x quadruple expansion 4 cylinder, 817 nhp. 13 knots. Passenger/cargo (refrigerated) steamship built by Russell & Co Port Glasgow for Australind SS Co Ltd, London

1914 requisitioned as Australian Troopship
9th November - 10th December 1914 converted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney to transport 427 troops and 304 horses
18 December 1914 of Convoy 2 departed Sydney with 298 AIF as the 7th Light Horse Regiment "C" Squadron and their Machine Gun Section, the 1st Veterinary Section )and 259 horses
31 December 1914 departed Fremantle with 81 AIF and 30 horses
2nd January 1915 joined the Second Convoy after embarking troops at Fremantle
1st February 1915 at Egypt disembarked Troops
31 May 1915 of Convoy 6 departed Sydney with 149 AIF as the 5th Field Ambulance Second Division (Part) and 145 horses
4th June 1915 departed Melbourne with 269 AIF as the 1st Division Ammunition Column 6th Reinforcements (part), 6th Field Ambulance (part) and 162 horses
13 December 1915 of Convoy 15 departed Melbourne with 275 AIF as the 26th Infantry Battalion 7th Reinforcements (part) and Medical Officers
22 December 1915 departed Fremantle with 269 AIF as the 12th Infantry Battalione 12th Reinforcements (part)and the 16th Infantry Battalion 12th Reinforcements (part)
5th July 1916 of Convoy 21 departed Sydney with 602 AIF as the 21st Field Artillery Brigade 3rd Reinforcements, 22nd Field Artillery Brigade 3rd Reinforcements, 21st Field Artillery Brigade 3rd Reinforcements, 22nd Field Artillery Brigade 3rd Reinforcements, 19th Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements, 20th Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements and, Engineers - 9th Field Company
8th July 1916 departed Melbourne with 304 AIF as the 57th Infantry Battalion 3rd Reinforcements and the 58th Infantry Battalion 3rd Reinforcements
15 July 1916 departed Fremantle with 111 AIF
18 January 1917 of Convoy 28 departed Sydney with one AIF Officer and 17 Munitions workers
14 April 1917 Attacked by a submarine in the English Channel, but escaped
29 July 1917 Chased by a submarine off the NW coast of Ireland but escaped

Post Hostilities


12 April 1919 Taken up under the Liner Requisition Scheme
25 November 1919: Sold to New Zealand Shipping Co
April 1920 renamed Otarama
29 February 1928 sold to D&E Fratelli Bozzo, Genoa and renamed Amaranto
November 1932 scrapped at Genoa
upper left image peacetime livery by J Dickie at Wellington New Zealand and upper right image as A31 departing Port Melbourne 8th July 1916 by J E Barnes now both available here as a modern 2018 publication 6x4 inch postcards or larger prints. Click on images for details



A32    THEMISTOCLES

1911-47

11,231 gross tons. Lb: 152.6 x 19 metres. Twin screw, quadruple expansion engine making 15 knots. Passenger/cargo (refrigerated) steamship built and completed January 1911 by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for G Thompson & Co Ltd, London (Aberdeen Line)

Leased by the Commonwealth until 20 October 1917
22 December 1914 departed Melbourne with the 1st Infantry Battalion 1st Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion 1st Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 4th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 5th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 5th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 6th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 7th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 8th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 9th Infantry Battalion
1st reinforcements, 10th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 11th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements and the 12th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements
12 May 1915 departed Sydney with the 17th Infantry Battalion and their 1st reinforcements, 18th Infantry Battalion 1st reinforcements, 19th Infantry Battalion and their 1st reinforcements
23rd July 1915 departed Fremantle with the 28th Infantry Battalion 2nd Reinforcements
from 5 October 1915 embarked various units up until 8th October 1915 when departed Sydney with the 1st Infantry Battalion 11th Reinforcements, 17th Infantry Battalion 5th Reinforcements, 19th Infantry Battalion 5th reinforcements, 6th Light Horse Regiment 10th reinforcements (part), 7th Light Horse Regiment 10th reinforcements, 12th Light Horse Regiment 5th reinforcements & Medical Officers
13 October 1915 departed Fremantle with the 11th Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements (part), 16th Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements (part), 28th Infantry Battalion 5th Reinforcements, 10th Light Horse Regiment 10th Reinforcements (in full) & 11th Reinforcements (part)

28 January 1916 departed Melbourne with 5th Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 6th Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 7th Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 8th Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 4th Field Artillery Brigade 3rd Reinforcements, 6th Field Artillery (Army) Brigade 3rd Reinforcements, 1st Division Ammunition Column 14th Reinforcements, 13th Light Horse Regiment 10th Reinforcements, 4th Light Horse Regiment 14th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
28 July 1916 departed Melbourne with the 5th Infantry Battalion 19th Reinforcements, 6th Infantry Battalion 19th Reinforcements, 7th Infantry Battalion 19th Reinforcements, 8th Infantry Battalion 19th Reinforcements, 21st Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 22nd Infantry Battalion 14th Reinforcements, 24th Infantry Battalion 13th Reinforcements, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade 14th Reinforcements, 4th Light Horse Regiment 14th Reinforcements, and 19th Reinforcements (part), 2nd Cyclist Battalion 3rd Reinforcements (part) & Medical Officers
13th October 1915 departed Fremantle with the 27th Infantry Battalion 5th Reinforcements
29 December 1916 Medical Officers at Sydney
4 August 1917 departed Melbourne with the 5th Infantry Battalion 25th Reinforcements, 6th Infantry Battalion 25th Reinforcements, 7th Infantry Battalion 25th Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battalion 26th Reinforcements, 50th Infantry Battalion 10th Reinforcements, Flying Corps Reinforcements 1st Special Draft (part), 4th Light Horse Regimente 28th Reinforcements (part), 13th Light Horse Regiment 19th & 20th Reinforcements, Veterinary Reinforcements & Medical Officers
28 January 1918 Medical Officers at Sydney

Post Hostilities
1932 owned by Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton
1937 owned by Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Southampton
1946 owned by Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton
Commencing 24 August 1947 at Dalmuir & later at Troon (West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co) scrapping began
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A33    AYRSHIRE

1902-26

7,763 gross tons. Lb: 140.2 x 17.9 metres. Cargo steamship (refrigerated) built by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn for Elderslie SS Co Ltd, Glasgow 1902. Twin screw, triple expansion engine making 13 knots. 1910 owned by the The Scottish Shire Line Ltd, London and registered at Glasgow

21 December 1914 embarked 7th Light Horse Regiment Headquarters, "A" and "B" Squadrons at Sydney. The 7th Light Horse Regiment sailed to Egypt and disembarked on 1 February 1915
1st September 1915 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney
3rd July 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Melbourne
24 January 1917 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney
15 September 1917 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney
Post Hostilities
28 November 1926 caught fire 7.50N/73.50E & sank 9.12N/73.28E 2nd December 1926 when bound from Brisbane to the UK with cargo of tallow, frozen meat & general goods
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A34    PERSIC

1899-1927

12,042 gross tons. Lb: 570 x 63.3 feet. (173.7 x 19.3 metres). Steel hull. Twin Screw. Quadruple Expansion 5,000 IHP; 13.5 knots. Passenger/cargo steamship built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Oceanic SN Co Ltd, Liverpool (White Star Line). 3 Decks, 7 Holds, 21 Derricks, fcsle-55 ft, poop 57-ft, bridge-107 ft. Coal: 3,000 tons at 80 tons per day; Cargo: 12,500 cu. ft. Refrigeration for 100,000 carcasses. Passengers: 320-Cabin Class. Launched on September 7, 1899 and delivered on November 16th. She made her maiden voyage on December 7, 1899 from Liverpool to Sydney via Capetown. She carried troops for the Boer War. Her rudder broke at Capetown and voyage was delayed until a new one could be sent out from Harland & Wolff. In 1900 the voyage resumed and she took home Australian sick and wounded

21 December 1914 At Sydney embarked the 5th Light Horse Regiment
10 August 1915 departed Melbourne with the 7th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment
18 November 1915 at Sydney embarked the Battery 15, 5th Field Artillery Brigade
3 June 1916 embarked troops at Port Melbourne
22 December 1916 at Melbourne embarked the 23rd Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment & Medical Officers
29 December 1916 at Fremantle embarked Medical Officers
29 August 1917 at Melbourne embarked Medical Officers

Officially released by the Commonwealth 8 November 1917 however on 21 March 1918 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney.

September 1918 she was torpedoed off Sicily but reached port safely. In 1920 she was released back to her owners and was refitted and modernized. Her passenger accommodation was changed to 260-Cabin Class. In 1926 she was refitted at Govan but suffered unrepairable engine wear. On September 26, 1926 the Persic left Liverpool on her final voyage. Upon return she was laid up. On July 7, 1927 she was sold and left the Mersey for breaking up at Hendrik ido Ambacht, Netherlands
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A35    BERRIMA

1913-30

11,137 gross tons, 7037 net; 13730 dwt. Lb: 500'2" x 62'3" (152.4 x 19 metres). Passenger/cargo steamship. Built by Caird & Co, Greenock and completed 5th December 1913. Passenger capacity 350 permanent 3rd class, 250 temporary 3rd class. She was the fourth of the five prewar ‘B’ class vessels ordered for what had been Lund’s Blue Anchor Line emigrant service, bought by Peninsula and Orient Steam Navigation Co, London (P&O) in 1910. Propulsion: Two four cylinder quadruple expansion steam engines, 9000ihp, twin screws, 14 knots. Britain - Australia emigrant service via the Cape of Good Hope (Branch Line). Cost £209,456. December 1913: Maiden voyage London - Cape Town - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney

sisterships:    BALLARAT, BELTANA, BENALLA, BORDA

12 - 18 August 1914 converted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney to transport 1500 Troops and Officers. At a cost of 4,513 pounds sterling, she was given essential hull stiffening, re-fitted with four 4.7 pound guns, two on the forecastle and two on the poop deck and small arms ammunition arranged both fore and aft on the lower deck where the magazines for the 4.7 guns was also stored. Signalling arrangements on the bridge were upgraded, whilst existing accomodation on the upper deck was converted into a hospital. Further accomodation was altered into baggage rooms, guardrooms and cells. The cargo holds were fitted out for troop accomodation complete with latrines and washrooms placed below the poop deck


18 August 1914 commissioned by the Commonwealth RAN as auxiliary cruiser HMAS Berrima

Departed Sydney on 19 August 1914 carrying men of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force for operations against the German New Guinea colonies. Troops were landed at Herbertshöhe and Rabaul on 11 and 12 September respectively, and on the New Guinea mainland on 24 September. Berrima subsequently returned to Sydney and, despite plans to employ her as an armed merchant cruiser, she was paid off in October for conversion to a troop transport.

30th October - 7th November 1914 underwent further conversion at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney. The hospital was extending given an extra 33 berths, a steriliser room and extra latrines. Further troop accomodation (timber) was fitted on the bridge and upper deck, with extra latrines and wash facilities added to the upper deck both fore and aft. Troop accommodation on the main deck rearranged and the galley extended

Berrima leased by the Commonwealth until 10 October 1917 as A35 Berrima

31 December 1914 departed Albany Western Australia for the Middle East as part of the second troop convoy, carrying Australian and New Zealand troops and towing the submarine AE2
17 December 1915 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney
4 July 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Melbourne
16 December embarked 1916 Medical Officers at Adelaide
23 December embarked 1916 Medical Officers at Fremantle

18 February 1917, Struck by a torpedo or mine when 50 miles W of Portland Bill, with the loss of four lives. The majority of the crew were evacuated in the lifeboats and were picked up by the destroyer HMS FORESTER. A line was subsequently connected to the tug PILOT, and BERRIMA was towed into Portland Harbour the next day. In the absence of a dry dock she was repaired while still afloat with a 42 ton wooden patch built in three sections on the quayside, after which she was requisitioned by the Shipping Controller for the Atlantic stores and munitions ferry

Completed duties, resumed normal service

24 March 1920 One sailing on the British India SNCo berth from London to Suez, Colombo and Brisbane, after which she returned to the Branch Line

26 April 1929: Last sailing to Australia before the Cape route was abandoned.

16 July 1930: Sold for £29,000 to Asakichi Kitagawa, Japan for demolition at Osaka and broken up same year
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A36    BOONAH

1911-40

5,926 gross tons. Lb: 137.2 x 17.7 metres. Steel single screw steamship (cargo-refrigerated) built by Flensburger Schiffsbau Ges., Flensburg for Deutsche-Australische Linie, Hamburg as the Melbourne . Triple expansion engine making 12.5 knots

1914 seized by the Australian Government at Sydney, renamed Boonah

INFORMATION to be ADDED

21 October 1916 at Hamilton Wharf Brisbane, embarked the 15th Battalion 21st Reinforcements, 4th Pioneers Regiment & Medical Officers
22 October 1918 embarked Medical Officers at Adelaide
29 October 1918 embarked Medical Officers at Fremantle. 29 October 1918 departed Fremantle with AIF 3rd Reinforcements only to be recalled October 1918 with the signing of Armistance. Returned to Fremantle 20 December 1918
14 January 1919 Medical Officers - From Adelaide
Post hostilities manned by Australia officers and crew and transferred to Commonwealth Government Line
1925 sold, renamed Witram for N.D.L. (North German Lloyd, Bremen). 1936 owned by Hamburg-South America Line. 1937 renamed Buenos Aires 1940 torpedoed and sunk (57.00N/11.35E 1.5.40) by HMS Narwhal
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A37    BARAMBAH

1912-36

5923 gross tons. 449'5" x 58'2". (137.0 x 17.7 metres) Steel single screw steamship by Flensburger Schiffsbau Ges., Flensburg for Deutsche-Australische Linie, Hamburg as the Hobart. Triple expansion engine making 12.5 knots

1914 seized by Australia at Melbourne renamed Barambah

Converted at Sydney & Brisbane to carry Australian Troops as part of the Second Convoy. Completed Four AIF Troopship voyages in Convoys 2, 6, 22 & 42 from December 1914 to September 1918

Post Hostilities
23 May 1918 manned by Australia officers and crew when transferred to Commonwealth Government Line
Final voyage from Australia to Falmouth, England, arriving 2nd June 1925 on delivery voyage having being sold 1925 to N.D.L. (North German Lloyd, Bremen) and renamed Justin
May 1935 scrapped at Bremerhaven
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A38    ULYSSES

1913-42

14,499 gross tons. Lb: 171.7 20.8 metres. Passenger/cargo steamship (refrigerated) as built by Workman Clark, Belfast for the China Mutual SN Co, London, a Subsidiary owned by Alfred Holt (Blue Funnel Line) 1913. Twin Screw, triple expansion engine making 13.5 knots


INFORMATION to be ADDED

Arrived Port Said, December 1914. 27 October 1915 departed Port Melbourne with Medical Officers. 1st March 1916 departed Port Melbourne with Medical Officers. . 25 October 1916 departed Port Melbourne with Medical Officers. 9th May 1917 departed Sydney with Medical Officers. 19 December 1917 departed Sydney with 1st Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 26th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) [1st Infantry Brigade] 26th Reinforcements, 34th Reinforcements for the 1st Light horse Regiment, 34th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment & Medical Officers. 22 December 1917 departed Melbourne with 31st Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment. 13 April 1918 departed Sydney with Medical Officers

Post Hostilities
11th April 1942 sunk by torpedo launched from submarine U-160 at 34.23N/75.35W en-route Sydney-Liverpool with cargo of pig iron & general goods
Upper left image 25 October 1916 departing Port Melbourne and upper right image showing captured German steamer 'Signal' alongside at Williamstown. Both now available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcards or larger prints. Click on images for details



A39    PORT MACQUARIE

1912-40

7,236 gross tons. Lb: 129.8 x 16.5 metres. Cargo steamship built by Hawthorn Leslie at Hebburn & completed September 1912 for the Anglo-Australasian SN Co Ltd (Milburn Line). Single screw,quadruple expansion engine making 13 knots. 1914 owned by the Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd, London (Port Line)


INFORMATION to be ADDED

26 April 1916 embarked 1st Light Horse Regiment 17th Reinforcements & Medical Officers at Sydney

POST HOSTILITIES

1927 renamed Cambrian Marchioness when owned by William Thomas Shipping Co Ltd, London
1929 retained name when sold to C.W.Kellock & Co Ltd, London
1930 renamed Clan Grant when owned by The Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow
1935 retained name when owned by British & South American SN Co Ltd, Glasgow
1939 renamed Stangrant when owned by Stanhope SS Co Ltd, London
13 October 1940 sunk by torpedo as launched form submarine U-37 at 58.27N/12.36W when en-route from Hampton Roads to Belfast with a cargo of steel & scrap iron
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A40    CERAMIC

1913-42

18,481 gross tons. Lb: 199.7 x 21.2 metres. Triple screw, 3 triple expansion engines, 15 knots. Owned by the Oceanic SN Co Ltd, Liverpool (White Star Line)

INFORMATION to be ADDED

25 June 1915 embarked 1st Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 5th Reinforcements, 6th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment & Medical Officers at Sydney. 23 November 1915 12th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment departed Melbourne. 14 April 1916 departed Sydney with 1st Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 17th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 17th Reinforcements & 3rd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 17th Reinforcements. 7th October 1916 at Sydney embarked 1st Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 21st Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 21st Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 21st Reinforcements & Medical Officers.


1934 of Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, Southampton
6th December 1942 sunk by submarine
Upper left image 22 December 1914 and upper right image showing A35 Berrima 22 December 1914 at Port Melbourne both now available for purchase as 6x4 inch postcards or larger prints. Click on images for details



A41    BAKARA

1913-56

6,079 gross tons, 5,930 net. Lb: 137.2 x 17.7 metres. Steel single screw refrigerated cargo vessel (steamship) as built by Flensburger Schiffbau Ges., Flensburg, Germany as the 'Cannstatt' for Deutsch-Australische DG, Hamburg

Seized as a war prize by Australian Government 1915, renamed Bakara. 22 May 1915 embarked 1st Light Horse Regiment, 5th Reinforcement at Newcastle, New South Wales. 4th November 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Adelaide. 4th September 1918 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney

Manned by Australia officers and crew and transferred to Commonwealth Government Line, 1st May 1918. Sold 1925 to NDL. (North-German Lloyd) and renamed Witell. 1936 to Hamburg South America Line, 1937 renamed Rosario. 1945 surrendered to Britain, allocated to Denmark and later renamed in 1948 Albertina for Northern Chartering. 1950 renamed Kotka for H.Nielsen. Scuttled mid-Atlantic 23rd July 1956
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A42    BOORARA

1913-37

6570 gross tons. Lbd 471.2 x 59.2 x 36.9 ft. (143.6 x 18 metres) Steel single screw cargo only steamship built by Bremer Vulkan at Vegesack as the Pfalz for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. Triple expansion engine making 12.5 knots

1914 captured by Britain, handed over to the Australian Government and renamed Boorara
20 December 1914 embarked 1st Light Horse Regiment, 1st Reinforcement at Sydney. 31 December 1914 - Transport unit of the Second Convoy assembled at King George's Sound, Western Australia with the Second Detachment of the Australian and New Zealand Imperial Expeditionary Forces. 1915 handed over to the Australian Government's Commonwealth Line retaining transport designation A36. 19 August 1916 embarked Medical Officers - From Sydney. 10 May 1917 embarked 1st Light Horse Regiments 24th & 25th Reinforcements, 27th Reinforcements for the 4th Light horse Regiment, Camel Corps General Reinforcements & Medical Officers from Port Melbourne for Egypt

24 June 1919 transferred to Commonwealth Government Line. 1926 sold renamed 'Nereus' for E Hadjilias, Athens. Wrecked off Cape Beale, Vancouver Is 8th August 1937
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A43    BARUNGA

1913-18

7484 gross tons. Lb 146.9 x 19.1 metres. Steel single screw steamship (cargo-refrigerated) built by Flensburger Schiffsbau Ges., Flensburg for Deutsche-Australische Linie, Hamburg as the Sumatra . Held quadruple expansion engine making 12.5 knots

September 1914 seized by Australia at Sydney (War prize)

The 1st vessel of same name of German origin to be captured
Other AIF Troopship websites show the Adelaide Steamship Company's vessel Barunga of early 1920s as this image. Quite wrong as that vessel has oversized name on bow as did all Adelaide SS Companys cargo steamships in that decade. The other confusion is the actualities of both German origin ships named 'Sumatra'. Image when shown here shown for historical accuracy is the result of deep research and absolute logic


Became WW1 transport A43 Barunga
21-22 December 1914 in Convoy 2 departed Melbourne with 5 Officers & 96 Troops (1st Reinforcements 4th Light horse Regiment)
6th April 1916 in Convoy 18 departed Melbourne with 3 Officers 3 Sergeants & 127 Troops
15 April 1916 at Fremantle embarked 1 Officer
26 October 1916 in Convoy 26 departed Brisbane with 2 Officers 2 Sergeants & 67 Troops
20 October 1916 departed Sydney with 3 Officers 4 Sergeants & 57 Troops

Torpedoed and sunk by submarine in the North Atlantic, 15 July 1918
*Pending* rare image 15 July 1918 when sinking -poor quality however only accurate image known



A44    VESTALIA

1912-41

5,528 gross tons. Lb: 129 x 17.1 metres. 1912 built as a cargo steamship for Gow, Harrison & Co, Glasgow

17-19 December 1914 of Convoy 2 departed Sydney with 94 AIF as the 5th Light Horse Regiment (part) 1st reinforcements
22 December 1914 departed Melbourne with 27 AIF
1st February 1915 disembarked at Egypt
22 June 1915 of Convoy 6 departed Sydney with 91 AIF
26 June 1915 departed Melbourne with 27 AIF
30 June 1915 departed Adelaide with 13 AIF
18 January 1916 of Convoy 16 departed Melbourne with 129 AIF including Medical Officers
11 July 1916 of Convoy 22 departed Sydney with 297 AIF
13 December 1916 of Convoy 27 departed Melbourne with 217 AIF including Medical Officers & 9 RAN
23 December 1916 departed Fremantle with 52 RAN

Post hostilities
1933 sold renamed Stavros Coumantaros 1940 sold renamed Kyriaki
24 April 1941 sunk by aircraft bombing
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A45    BULLA

1905-43

5,099 gross tons. Lb: 124.8 x 16.1 metres. Steel hulled, single screw steamship built as the Hessen by Tecklenborg at Geestemunde for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. Quadruple expansion engine making 12 knots

1914 seized by Australia renamed Bulla. Given prefix A45

2nd February 1915 departed Melbourne with the 1st Field Artillery Brigade 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements (part), 2nd Field Artillery Brigade 2nd Reinforcements, 3rd Field Artillery 2nd Reinforcements, 3rd Light Horse Regiment 2nd Reinforcements & Medical Officers
25 November 1915 departed Sydney with the 2nd Division Artillery (part)
24 June 1916 departed Adelaide with the 27th Infantry Battalion 12th Reinforcements (part) & Medical Officers
16 January 1917 departed Adelaide with 3rd Light Horse Regiment 23rd Reinforcements, 9th Light Horse Regiment 23rd Reinforcements & Medical Officers
22 January 1917 departed Fremantle with 10th Light Horse Regiment 23rd Reinforcements
15 April 1918 manned by Australian officers and crew and transferred to Commonwealth Government Line

1926 sold to W.Schuchmann, Bremerhaven and renamed Weissesee
25 July 1943 bombed and sunk by aircraft Hamburg harbour. `949 raised and scrapped
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A46    CLAN MACGILLVRAY (1)

1911-49

5,023 gross tons. Lb: 131.2 x 16.3 metres. Built as a cargo steamship for Cayser, Irvin and Co, Glasgow (Clan Line)

29th December 1914 - 23rd January 1915 converted at Cockatoo Island Drydock, Sydney for troop transportation
1st May 1916 embarked Medical Officers - From Brisbane
7th September 1916 Medical Officers - From Brisbane
10 May 1917 at Sydney embarked 3rd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 24th Reinforcements & Medical Officers

POST HOSTILITIES

1948 sold to Hong Kong, renamed Maclock
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A47    MASHROBRA (1)

1914-17

Built as a passenger/cargo steamship for the British India SN Co Ltd, Glasgow. Passengers 66 in 1st, 40 in 2nd. 8,174 gross tons. Lb: 137 x 17.7 metres. Twin screw, 13 knots

8 February 1915 embarked The 10th Light Horse Regiment Headquarters, Machine Gun Section, "A" and "B" Squadrons at Fremantle.
4 October 1915 embarked 1st Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement at Sydney
5 April 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney

Torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean by Austrian submarine SW of Cape Matapan 15 April 1917
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A48    SEANG BEE

1891-1931

5,849 gross tons. Lb: 138.8 x 15 metres. Built as the Shropshire, a passenger/cargo steamship for the Bibby Line, Liverpool. 1909 renamed this when owned by the Lim Chin Tsong, Rangoon

departed Sydney 11 February 1915. 11 February 1915 at Sydney embarked 1st Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 2nd Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 2nd Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 2nd reinforcements & Medical Officers. 13 July 1916 Medical Officers at Adelaide. 10 February 1917 Medical Officers at Adelaide

1924, 1925 & 1929 three ownership changes with name retained. 1931 scrapped
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A49    SEANG CHOON

1891-1917

Built as the Cheshire, a passenger/cargo steamship for the Bibby Line, Liverpool. 1910 renamed this when owned by the Lim Chin Tsong, Rangoon. 5,807 gross tons. Lb: 135.8 x 15 metres. Twin screw 14 knots

11 February 1915 departed Sydney with 1st Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 3rd Reinforcements & 2nd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 3rd Reinforcements and 3rd Infantry Battalion (New South Wales) 1st Infantry Brigade 3rd reinforcements. 4 May 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Brisbane

19 September 1916 Medical Officers at Brisbane. Torpedoed and sunk off coast of Ireland, 10 July 1917
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A50    ITONUS

1898-1916

6,538 gross tons. Lb: 136.86 x 16.52 x 7.53 metres. on1109977 Cable ship, steam powered as built by Vickers Maxim, Barrow as the 'Anglia' completed 1898 for Telegraph Construction & Maintenance Co Ltd, London. Twin screw, triple expansion engine 649 n.h.p. making 11.5 knots max, cruising speed of 10.5 knots. 1907 purchased by Archibald Currie & Co (Currie Line, Melbourne) from Grangemouth & Greenock Dockyard Co. after stranding repairs, converted into a cargo ship and renamed Itonus. 1913 owned by British India S N Co Ltd, London when that Company took over all of A Currie & Co's assets and holdings

Requisitioned by the Commonwealth Government and became Troop Transport A50 HMAT Itonus.

15 February 1915 departed Adelaide with 3rd Field Artillery (Army) Brigade (Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania) 3rd Reinforcements, 1st Division Ammunition Column 1st Division Artillery 3rd Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battalion (Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia) 3rd Infantry Brigade 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements, 10th Light Horse Regiment (Western Australia) 3rd Light Horse Brigade 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements

22 February 1915 departed Fremantle with 3rd Field Artillery (Army) Brigade (Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania) 3rd Reinforcements, 1st Division Ammunition Column 1st Division Artillery 3rd Reinforcements, 11th Infantry Battalion (Western Australia) 3rd Infantry Brigade 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements, 12th Infantry Battalion (Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia) 3rd Infantry Brigade 2nd and 3rd Reinforcements, 16th Infantry Battalion (Western Australia and South Australia) 4th Infantry Brigade 3rd Reinforcements
10 April 1915 5pm and towing a steam launch two barges, departed Alexandria Harbour with 1100 mostly New Zealand Troops (and 12 mules) bound for Gallipoli. Was part of convoy but lagged behind due to drag of the towed craft. 14 April 1915 arrived at Lemnos. 15 April A49 Seang choon carrying Australian Troops moors alonside A50 Itonus. 25 April 1915 6am weighs anchor and puts to sea, 4 pm ITONUS arrived off KABA TEPE and at 6 pm. began disembarkation of Troops

30 December 1915 departed Brisbane with 9th Infantry Battalion (Queensland) 3rd Infantry Brigade 12th Reinforcements, 25th Infantry Battalion (Queensland) 7th Infantry Brigade 7th Reinforcements, 26th Infantry Battalion (Queensland and Tasmania) 7th Infantry Brigade 7th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
Under Captain T. Costello, was used as a hospital ship during the Gallipoli (Dardanelles) campaign. Resumed trooping service 1916

8th August 1916 departed Brisbane with 9th Infantry Battalion (Queensland) 3rd Infantry Brigade 19th Reinforcements, 15th Infantry Battalion (Queensland and Tasmania) 4th Infantry Brigade 19th Reinforcements, 25th Infantry Battalion (Queensland) 7th Infantry Brigade 14th Reinforcements, 26th Infantry Battalion (Queensland and Tasmania) 7th Infantry Brigade 14th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
Torpedoed and sunk near Malta in the Mediterranean by U-38, 20 December 1916 20 December 1916 torpedoed and sunk by Austrian submarine U-38 near Malta when bound from Marseilles to Sydney, New South Wales. One engineer and four native engine room hands were drowned, the remainder of the crew escaped in the lifeboats. Captain Costello was taken prisoner
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A51    CHILKA

1910-17

3,952 gross tons. Lb: 119 x 15.3 metres. Built as a passenger/cargo steamship for British-India SN Co Ltd, Glasgow Tonnage: 3,952 gross, 2,158 net, 4,180 dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 3,300 I.H.P., 14 Knots. Launched 23rd August 1910, Completed 4th October 1910, Yard No 483 Owned by the British India SN Co Ltd, London. Passenger accomodation: 20 1st class, 15 2nd class, 4671 deck

leased by the Commonwealth until 4 August 1915
1st July 1917 caught fire off Baruva, near Gopalpur, beached and abandoned when bound from Madras to Rangoon, with passengers and cargo
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A52    SURADA

1902-18

5,236 gross tons. Lb: 125 x 15.5 metres (410' x 50'5") . Passenger Cargo steamship built 1902 by A & J Inglis Pointhouse Glasgow for the British India SN Co Ltd, Glasgow. Single screw, triple expansion engine. 3 cylinders, 2295ihp 11.5 knots. Passengers: 9 1st class, 16 2nd class, 1421 steerage

Leased by the Commonwealth until 15 May 1917
Completed 4 AIF Troopship voyages from Australia in February 1915, March 1915, May 1916 and September 1916
As known - 17 February 1915 embarked 10th Light Horse Regiment "C" Squadron at Fremantle. The 10th Light Horse Regiment sailed to Egypt and disembarked on 8 March 1915
4 May 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Melbourne
22 September 1916 embarked Medical Officers at Fremantle

2nd November 1918 Torpedoed by UC74 off Port Said, voyage Karachi for Marseilles (last merchant ship to be lost in WWI)
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A53    ITREA

1900-18

5,318 gross tons. Lb: 126.6 x 16 metres. British India SN Co Ltd, Glasgow. 'I' Class sisterships built 1899-1900 being Islanda, Ismaila (1), Itaura (1), Itinda, Itola (1), Itria (1). All approx 5,200 gross tons as cargo only except Itria being passenger-cargo carrying 9 1st, 16 2nd, 2050 steerage

1915 requisitioned by Australian Government
9th February 1915 of Convoy 3 departed Brisbane with 219 Officers & Troops. Also boarded Medical Officers
18 April 1916 of Convoy 19 departed Melbourne with 114 AIF Officers & Troops as the 4th Light horse Regiment. Also boarded Medical Officers
12 August 1916 of Convoy 23 departed Melbourne with 1 person as AIF Canteen
14 August 1916 departed Adelaide with 171 AIF Officers & Troops
28 February 1917 of Convoy 28 departed Sydney with 140 AIF Officers & Troops
1918 sunk in collision in Mediterranean with Clan Chisholm
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A54    RUNIC

1889-1921

12,490 gross tons. Lb: metres.Passenger-cargo steamship of the Oceanic SN Co Ltd, Liverpool (White Star Line)

Requisitioned as an Australian Troopship A54 from 19 February 1915 until March-April 1918
19 February 1915 at Sydney embarked the First Field Artillery Brigade 2nd Reinforcements and Medical Officers
9 August 1915 at Sydney embarked the 1st Infantry Battalion 8th Reinforcements, 2nd Infantry Battalion 8th Reinforcements, 3rd Infantry Battalion 8th Reinforcements & the 1st Light Horse Regiment - 8th Reinforcements
20 January 1916 at Sydney embarked the 4th Light horse Regiment 13th Reinforcements & Medical Officers
20 June 1916 departed Melbourne with the 4th Light horse Regiment 18th Reinforcements
22 March 1918 embarked Medical Officers at Sydney


Post hostilities
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