SS Devanha

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SS Devanha
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Name SS Devanha
Owner Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.
Builder Caird & Company, Greenock
Yard number 308
Launched 16 Dec 1905
Completed 1906
In service 1 Mar 1906
Out of service 22 My 1925
Fate scrapped 2 Jun 1928
General characteristics
Type passenger / cargo ship
Tonnage 8.092 tons
Length 470 ft (140 m)
Beam 56 ft 3 in (17.15 m)
Depth 27 ft 8 in (8.43 m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 15 knots (27.8 kmh)


Built for the UK to India / China route and owned by Peninsular & Orient Steam Navigation Co. who operated her until she was requisitioned and taken under the control of the Admiralty from 16 Sep 1914 - 1919. She was used in the Mediterranean as a troop ship before being converted as a hospital ship in April 1915. During 1915 she took part in the Dardanells campaign, and was used to land the Australian 12th Infantry Battalion at Anzac Cove. In 1916 she rescued survivors from the SS Chantala which had been torpedoed in the Mediterranean. As a hospital ship she also served in the Persian Gulf, East Africa, Bombay and Suez.

In 1919 she was again converted to carry troops, and was used to repatriate Australian troops. In 1919 she was released to her owners who continued to use her until 22 May 1925 when she was laid up. She was sold for scrap in March 1928.

One of her lifeboats which was used to land the 12th Battalion is held in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Soldiers carried

Alexandria to Mudros 2 - 4 March 1915

Gallipoli to Malta 5 August 1915 - ?

England to Fremantle 8 May - 15 June 1919