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HMAT A28 Miltiades
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History
Name HMAT A28 Miltiades
Owner G Thompson & Co Ltd, London (Aberdeen Line)
Builder Alex Stephen & Sons, Glasgow.
Launched 1903
Completed Oct 1903
In service 3 Nov 1903
Out of service 1923
Fate scrapped
General characteristics
Type Passenger/cargo steamship
Tonnage 7,814 tons
Length 504 ft (153.62m)
Beam 55.1 ft (16.79m)
Speed 15 knots (27.8 kph)
Capacity 150 x 1st class; 170 x 3rd class



Remarks

Requisitioned as a troopship in 1915. On 1 Nov 1914 arrived in Albany to become one of the ships in the 1st Convoy. 7 Feb 1916 carried Medical Officers from Adelaide, and on 1 Aug 1916, Medical Officers from Melbourne, stopping in Fremantle for more of the same on 9 Aug 1916. On 24 Jan 1917 Medical Officers from Adelaide, and on 2 Aug 1917 more of the same from Sydney.

Commonwealth control ended 15 Sep 1917 when the Miltiades was transferred to the British Admiralty. Resumed commercial service in June 1920. Purchased by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company and renamed ORCANA. She later served with the Pacific Steam Navigation Company for their South American service. She was laid up from 1923 to 1924 in Liverpool and later Dartmouth before being scrapped in Holland in 1924.

Soldiers carried

Fremantle to Port Suez 12 February - 11 March 1916

Melbourne to Plymouth 1 August - 25 September 1916

Embarked in Fremantle on 9 August

Melbourne to Devonport 20 January - 27 March 1917

Embarked in Fremantle on 29 January

England to Fremantle 4 May - 24 June 1917

England to Fremantle 21 December 1918 - 31 January 1919

Other journeys

  • Sydney to Alexandria October to 5 December 1914 (1st Convoy)
  • Sydney to Glasgow 2 August - 2 October 1917