HMAT A70 Ballarat

From Our Contribution

HMAT A70 Ballarat
HMAT A70 Ballarat 2.jpg
Company of Master Mariners of Australia from postcard
HMAT A70 Ballarat.jpg
Name HMAT A70 Ballarat
Owner Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company, Greenock
Builder Caird & Company, Scotland
Yard number 318
Launched 23 Sep 1911
Completed 1911
In service 18 Nov 1911
Out of service 25 Apr 1917
Fate torpedoed, sank while under tow
General characteristics
Type Passenger / cargo
Tonnage 11,120 tons
Length 515 ft (156.07m)
Beam 62 ft 6 in (19.05n)
Depth 42 ft (12.80m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 14 knots (25.93 kph)


Owned by Pacific & Orient Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London and used pre-war to transports emigrant to Australia from the UK. Ballarat initially served as an Indian transport vessel before becoming a troopship, carrying Australian troops. Made four voyages from Australia.

At 2:00pm on 25 Apr 1917, in the English Channel as an Anzac Day service was being held, when she was torpedoed by U-boat UB-32 sinking the next day. This was the 13th voyage undertaken by the Ballarat. Aboard were 1752 men, mostly (1,602) new reinforcements arriving from Australia. None were lost, with all transferred to other ships within an hour. However, the ship sank 15 kilometers south of Lizard Point, Cornwall, just as efforts were being made to tow her into shallow water. She was also carrying copper and bullion.

Soldiers carried

Port Suez to Melbourne 5 July - 6 August 1915

Medical Staff


Sydney to Plymouth 6 September 1915 - ???

via Melbourne on 9 September

Embarked in Adelaide 14 September

Gibraltar to England 23 - 25 October 1915

Melbourne to Port Suez 18 Feb - 22 March 1916

Melbourne to Plymouth (sunk near England) 19 February - 25 Apr 1917

Other Journeys

  • 5 August 1916 from Sydney, 8 August 1916 from Hobart; 12 August 1916 from Adelaide.