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From: "M Navarro" <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] SS Morwena ex Ardeola
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2001 10:19:13 +0800
As Ted Finch has already reported, there seems to be two different ships
here of the same name. The one built in 1912, was in fact "Ardeola 3".
She was built by Caledon Shipbuilding Co., Dundee and was 3140 gross tons.
310.2ft x 44.2ft x 18.5ft., with atriple expansion steam engine.
Accomodation for about 80 first clas passengers . Built originally for
Ardeola Steam Ship Co, Ltd. (most probably a subsidiary company). She had
the customary three masted profile, with the funnel slightly aft, that was
the Yeoward look.. She primarily carried general cargo outbound and fruit
home. Her run was Liverpool-Lisbon-casablanca-Madiera-Canary Islands.
Purchased by Yeoward Line in 1920. Requistioned as stores ship based at
Aden, when Italy invaded Abyssinia in 1935. Returned to owners in 1936,
but her passenger certificate had been cancelled.
On November 9th, 1942, with stores for the besieged Malta, she was captured
by Vichy French motor torpedo boats near Cape Bon, North Africa and taken
into Bizerta, where she was handed over to German forces who renamed her
"Aderno", for use in the Medditerranean as a transport. On July 23rd, 1943
she was torpedoed and sunk by "HMS Torbay". Hope this puts some light on
the matter. Will send you a scanned photo from my collection of the 1912
built vessel. Can't help with the earlier one
Perth Western Australia.
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From: telegram.infi.net <>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 2:17 PM
Subject: [TSL] SS Morwena ex Ardeola
> Dear List,
> My uncle Jack JOHNSTON spent time on this ship as a cook. Reported to be a
> small 750 tons. He sailed on her prior to WWI and during WWI.
> The SS Ardeola of the Yoeward Line was sold to Black Diamond Line and
> re-named SS Morwena. Reportedly before WWI she transported coal from
> Sidney, NS to St. John's Newfoundland, and then during the war carried
> general cargo to the UK.
> She supposedly had many "extremely interesting" voyages until sunk by a
> German U-Boat in perhaps May of 1915, not long after leaving Cardiff.
> Any additional information on this vessel, or those who sailed in her
> be greatly appreciated.
> Cheers................Rich Johnston Troy, Ohio
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