This postcard is in reasonably good condition...some creases and a small stain on front. It is a SANBRIDE card and is unused. Built in 1912 at Barclay Curle & Co, Glasgow & 12th completed 18th November 1912. The largest ship in the British India Fleet at this time. She and her sister ship,Nevasa,were built for the London - Calcutta Service. She saw action in the Mediterranean in1915, most notably at Suvla Bay and Salonika as a hospital ship, she then saw service in the Indian Ocean. She returned to the UK in March of 1916 and remained on station with the Home Fleet until September 1918 when she was converted to an ambulance transport and remained as such until July 1919. She returned to the East Africa run, then was refitted as a Troop Ship & later in 1932 she did cruise trips to Scandinavia up until pre WW2 when she again was used as a Troop Ship. In April of 1945 she returned 1, 700 refugees from Port Said to Split, Yugoslavia, on the 1st May whilst en-route Split - Taranto to pick up German Prisoners of War she was mined off Southern Italy and sank 3.5 hours later with the loss of four lives.
At Molloy's of Milford Antiques Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
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