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Name Official number Flag IMO
ERINPURA  132998  GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1911  09/10/1911  06/12/1911 
Vessel type Vessel description
Passenger / Cargo   Steel Screw Steamer 2 Masts 
Builder Yard Yard no
William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton Leven Yard  945 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
5128 grt / 2759 nrt / 4750 dwt 411.0 ft  52.5 ft  24.8 ft  23.4 ft 
Engine builder Denny & Company, Dumbarton
Engine detail
Twin T3cyl (24½, 41, 69 x 48in) 1059nhp 16½kn, 2-screw 

First owner First port of register Registration date
British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London  Glasgow  09/12/1911 
Other names
 
Subsequent owner and registration history
 
Vessel history
8/1916 taken up as an Indian Expeditionary Force hospital ship
11/1917 became an ambulance transport
15/6/1919 stranded on Mushjera Reef in the Red Sea and remained fast for over a year.
9/1920 she was cut in two and the stern was taken to Bombay where a new bow section, built by Denny, was attached
1923 returned to service and re-registered 1924.
 
Remarks
 
End year Fate / Status
1943  Bombed 01/05/1943 
Disposal Detail
1/5/1943 sunk by German aircraft off Benghazi while trooping, Alexandria to Tripoli and Malta. She was struck by a bomb in one of her holds and sank within four minutes. There was heavy loss of life including fifty four Indian crew members, three gunners, 633 Basotho soldiers of the African Auxiliary Pioneer Corps and 140 Palestinian Jewish soldiers in the Transport Corps. 
 

 



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