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HMHS Varsova

1st August 1914 Hospital ship  

HMHS Varsova

SS Varsova, Passenger Cargo Ship, Launched:09/06/1914, Completed: 08/1914. Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker, Yard Number: 932 Dimensions: 4691grt, 1957nrt, 390.2 x 53.3 x 24.0ft Engines: 2 x T3cyl (20.5, 35 & 60 x 45ins), 987nhp Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd Propulsion: 2 x Screws. Construction: Steel. Reg Number: 139312.

  • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
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  • Officers:
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  • Cots:475
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  • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
  • Date From:8th October 1914
  • Date To:8th May 1920
  • Ships Crew details:


  • 08/1914 British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Glasgow.
  • 09/06/1914: Launched.
  • 11/08/1914: Delivered as Varsova for British India Steam Navigation Company at a cost of 119,000. She was the second of the V-class to be delivered along with her sisters Varela, Vita and Vasna.
  • 10/1914: Requisitioned immediately upon her arrival in India and took part in the convoy from Bombay to Mauritius.
  • 1915: Served as an overflow base hospital at Basra and then as a transport to Gallipoli.
  • 04/1916: Was made an Indian Expeditionary Force hospital ship with 475 beds for the Mesopotamian campaign.
  • 09/1917 to 11/1920: Worked as an ambulance transport.
  • 07/1929: A valve was opened in her No.2 hold outward bound from Basra. It caused considerable damage to her cargo of wool and valuable Persian carpets. Her Commander and Chief Officer were dismissed from the service in light of their negligence.
  • 1939: Fitted with insulated cargo space 53.8 cubic metres (3,100 cubic feet).
  • 1939/1945: She served during the war period as a Personnel and Military Store Ship.
  • 09/1940: Attacked unsuccessfully by an Italian aircraft while she was in the Red Sea.
  • 1946: Made two Bombay/East Africa voyages.
  • 1948: Made a pilgrim journey from Mombasa to Jeddah.
  • 19/04/1949: Sold for 17,500 to the British Iron & Steel Company.
  • 12/07/1949: Broken up by Metal Industries (Salvage) Ltd.
  • 1950: Her bell was presented to surviving members of the 85th Field Ambulance, who had served in her in the First World War.
John Doran

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HMHS Varsova

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Maidlow Walter Charles. WO1
  • Tyson Cecilia Gertrude. Staff Nurse

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