Ship Number
Vessel Type
Cargo Ship
Slip Number
Launch Date
April 22, 1920
August 14, 1920
Bibby Steamship Co.
7445 grt
BP Length
450 feet
57 feet
No. of Screws
Speed (approx)
11.75 knots
Two six-cylinder H&W standard engines, developing 2,250 i.h.p. each at 115 r.p.m., having cylinders 740 mm. bore and 1,150 mm. stroke.
Official No.

In 1927 she was converted into a permanent troopship by Vickers at Barrow in Furness as a result of which her tonnage was increased to 9345grt. She had accommodation for 112 1st, 58 2nd, 108 families in 3rd and 1450 troops.
In September 1939 she was converted into HM Hospital Ship No.23 with beds for 493 patients and accommodation for 59 medical staff.
On 31st January 1941 during s voyage to Tobruk to evacuate troops she was, despite her markings, attacked outside Sollum in Libya. Although the enemy had been advised that she was a Geneva Convention ships she was attacked again on 1st February.
On 12th July 1943 she was bombed and received superficial damage when 13 miles from Cape Passero while supporting the Allied invasion of Sicily which had commenced on the 9th July.
She was decommissioned on 8th March 1948 and rebuilt by Harland & Wolff to accommodate tourists, returning to Bibby Line in November 1949. On 10th December 1949 she sailed from Liverpool bound for Australia with 550 passengers and back in Bibby Line livery after 21 years. When the citizens at Adelaide wished to send food parcels back to Britain they were refused because of the cost of becoming a 'cargo' ship made the transit of the Suez Canal too expensive.
With her sister the Somersetshire she was used to repatriate Dutch civilians from Indonesia.
During 1952 she was used as a hostel ship for workmen building the Little Aden oil refinery and on 12th May 1953 sailed from Liverpool with troops bound for Korea.
She was laid up in the following August and broken up in 1954.