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From: "Ted Finch" <>
Subject: Re: [TSL] SS Karanja
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 20:14:25 +0100
Here is all I have on the KARANJA.
10,294 gross tons, length 507ft x beam 66.2ft, one funnel, two masts, twin
screw, speed 17.5 knots, accommodation for 60-1st, 180-2nd and 1,400-deck
Launched on 10th Mar.1948 by Alex Stephen & Sons, Linthouse, Glasgow for
British India S.N.Co and used on the East Africa service. 1969-70 refitted
at Keppel Shipyard, Singapore to carry 493-cabin and 750-deck passengers.
1971 transferred to P & O General Cargo Division. 1973 P & O. S.N.Co became
her owners. 1975 reverted to British India S.N.Co ownership. 1976 acquired
by the Shipping Corporation of India, renamed NANCOWRY and placed on the
Madras - Port Blair, Andaman Islands service with accommodation for
240-berthed and 800-deck passengers. She arrived at Bombay for scrapping in
Nov.1988. [Merchant Fleets, vol.11 by Duncan Haws] [Sea Safari by Peter C.
Kohler (contains photo) ISBN 1-872006-05-1]
The Sea Safari book is still available. She also had a virtually identical
sister ship named KAMPALA.
Be careful if ordering photos as BI had an earlier KARANJA (1930-1942)
Hope this helps
----- Original Message -----
From: Clive Barker (by way of )
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 4:29 PM
Subject: [TSL] SS Karanja
> I am interested in building a model of SS Karanja of the British India
> Steam Navigation Company. I traveled twice on this boat. In 1969 from
> Durban to Seychelles and from Seychelles back to Durban. In 1969 I
> from Durban to Seychelles when I immigrated with my parents and brothers
> I am finding very little information on the SS Karanja as it seems that
> this ship is not as well documented as some other BI vessels.
> I am contacting you in the hope that you can assist me with information on
> the SS Karanja. I am looking for the name of the ship builder who
> constructed her as well as any other information like photos, hull shape
> and cross sections and other details which I would need to make a model.
> Any help you can give would be very much appropriated. If you do not have
> info on this vessel can you suggest where I might be able to locate such
> I am coping this email to the other person looking after this site in case
> he/she has information on the SS Karanja
> Many thanks
> Clive Barker
> P.O. Box 7
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