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From: "Ted Finch" <>
Subject: Re: [Mar] Ships at ANZAC Cove 25th April 1915
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 12:40:57 +0100
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Hi Brian,

Details of MINNEWASKA at

I cannot find a KANTARA as early as 1915 and suspect that this was the
French ship EL KANTARA. Photo at

6,879 gross tons, 447.2ft x 52.6ft, twin screw, speed 13 knots,
accommodation for 40-1st and 54-2nd class passengers and 1,200 troops.
Launched 4th Aug.1904 by La Ciotat for Messageries Maritimes for their
Marseilles - Saigon - Haiphong service. 1920 transferred to the Marseilles -
Colombo - Sydney - Noumea service. 1923 Marseilles - Panama - Tahiti - New
Caledonia service. 1926 scrapped at Dunkirk.

9,564 g.t., 526ft x 61.4ft, twin screw, speed 14 knots, accommodation for
130-1st and 600-tween deck passengers. Launched on 27th Feb.1911 by John
Brown & Co, Clydebank for Scotish Shire Line (Turnbull, Martin & Co) for a
contract service to the Government of Victoria and operated Liverpool - Cape
Town - Sydney - Brisbane. 1914 taken over as a troopship by the Australian
Government. 1917 taken over with the company by the Clan Line and on Feb.2nd
was hit by a torpedo off Start Point but managed to reach Falmouth where she
was repaired. 1926 laid up at Southampton and then at Gareloch. 1927 made
two sailings to Australia. 1933 transferred to Clan Line renamed CLAN
URQUHART. 1936 sold for scrapping at Briton Ferry. 1937 caught fire during
demolition, scuttled and scrapped where she lay. [Merchant Fleets, vol.33 by
Duncan Haws]

5,708 g.t., 445.5ft x 49.1ft, twin screw passenger ship, speed 14 knots,
accommodation for 100-1st class passengers. Built 1891 by Harland & Wolff,
Belfast as the CHESHIRE for Bibby Line, Liverpool. 1900 Boer War troopship.
1910 sold to Lim Chin Tsong, Rangoon renamed SEANG CHOON. 1915 became
British army troopship and took part in the Dardanelles campaign the India -
UK service. Mar.1917 taken over under the Liner Requisition Scheme. 10th
Jul.1917 torpedoed and sunk by U.87 off Fastnet on voyage Sydney to London.
Nineteen lives lost. [Merchant Fleets, vol.29 by Duncan Haws]


----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Walker" <>
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Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 11:32 AM
Subject: [Mar] Ships at ANZAC Cove 25th April 1915

> Our local newspaper has been featuring photos
> of the ANZAC day landing sourced from the
> Australian War Memorial Archives.
> Would like some information please on (1)
> HMS Scourge ferrying troops to shore from the angle taken of the ship
> appears to
> have 3 funnels.It also has a cylindrical fitting
> on the stern could this be a torpedo tube?
> (2) An unnamed destroyer/torpedo boat?
> with 4 funnels,a main mast behind the focsul
> area and a smaller mast near the stern,what
> class of vessel is this likely to be ?
> (could possibly be the Scourge from another
> perspective?)
> (3) HMT Minnewaska,history of this vessel,
> (4)SS Kantara (A13), ditto
> (5)SS Argyllshire (A8) ditto
> (6)HMAT Seang Choon ditto
> And as a matter of general interest other
> vessels mentioned transporting troops from
> Lemnos to the Gallipoli landing:
> HMS London
> HMS Queen
> HMS Triumph
> HMS Prince of Wales
> HMS Bacchante.
> Also a nice picture of the Queen Mary leaving
> Sydney en route to the Middle East.
> Thanking you in anticipation.
> Brian Walker,
> Adelaide.
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