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HMHS Dongola

1st August 1914 Hospital ship  

HMHS Dongola

ss Dongola was built by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow, Yard No 455, Engines by Shipbuilders. Port of Registry: Glasgow. Propulsion: Two quadruple expansion four cylinder steam engines, 8000ihp, twin screws, 15.5 knots. Launched: Thursday, 14/09/1905, Built: 1905. Ship Type: Passenger Liner. Ship's Role: UK/India and Far East mail services, and trooping. Tonnage: 8038 gross; 4723 net; 8165 dwt, Length: 470ft 0in, Breadth: 56ft 3in, Draught: 27ft 8in.

Owner History: Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company Status: Sold for Scrapping - 23/06/1926

Early History.

  • 14/09/1905: Launched for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, London.
  • 10/11/1905: Registered.
  • 15/11/1905: Delivered. She cost £160,167. As built she could carry 150 First Class and 100 Second Class passengers.
  • 1905: On her maiden voyage she carried Prince Arthur of Connaught and his suite to Colombo en route to conferring the Order of the Garter on the Emperor of Japan.
  • 1906: Taken up for seasonal trooping charter, which was repeated every year until 1914, apart from 1911.
  • 1907: Made a record Southampton/Bombay journey in 18 days, 7 hours.
  • 1911: Present at King George Vís Coronation Navy Review carrying guests of the Admiralty.
  • 1911: Indian famine relief duties.

World War One.

  • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
  • Medical Staff strength.
  • Officers:7
  • Nurses:12
  • Other:58
  • Accommodation capacity.
  • Officers:31
  • Cots:271
  • Berths:204
  • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
  • Date From:
  • Date To:
  • Ships Crew details:

1914: On trooping charter when war declared. 1915: Requisitioned. She operated as a makeshift hospital ship at the Dardanelles and later as transport, largely off the coast of East Africa.

05/03/1915: Collided at 0017 in the Bristol Channel with the anchored Belgian steamer Espagne, having sailed from Avonmouth at 2247 the previous evening. Holed below the waterline forward on the starboard side and beached west of Barry for the leak to be temporarily stopped. Refloated on a rising tide at 0448 am and winched into Barry Dock 3 hours later. 17/03/1915: Left Barry after repairs.

1919: After the Armistice she repatriated deported Russians to Reval, and brought back refugees, before being refitted.

John Doran

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