The ANDES was a 15,620 gross ton ship built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, she was launched for Royal Mail Steam Packet Co on 8th May 1913. She started her maiden voyage for Pacific Steam Navigation Co on 26th Sep.1913 when she left Liverpool for Valparaiso, and subsequently sailed between Southampton and Buenos Aires with calls at Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. Used as an Armed Merchant Cruiser in WWI, she was engaged in a battle with the German raider GREIF, which was sunk. Used on convoy escort work and then used to repatriate British submarine crews trapped at Murmansk. Reconditioned in 1919, she resumed River Plate services until 1929 when she was refitted as a cruising liner for 450-1st class passengers and renamed ATLANTIS. Converted to a hospital ship in 1939, she was initially based at Alexandria, used in the Norwegian evacuation in 1940 and then sent to the Indian Ocean for the next two years. She took part in the Madagascar campaign in 1942 and in 1943 repatriated Italian prisoners of war to Lisbon and Germans to Gothenburg. She continued hospital and repatriation duties until 1946, was reconditioned to carry 900-3rd class passengers and used to carry emigrants from the UK to Australia and New Zealand. Laid up in 1952, she was scrapped the same year. This nice old CIGARETTE CASE has been made of thick perspex with brass hinges and clasp...it is 3 3/4" x 3" and 1 /2" in depth. Nice old piece of shipping memorabilia.
At Molloy's MEGA ANTIQUES CENTRE, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
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