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HMHS Delta

1st August 1914 Hospital ship  

HMHS Delta

SS Delta (1V) 8,024 tons, launched 1905 and built for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co by Workman Clark at Belfast.

1914 Naval Hospital ship on the Tsingtau operations. Later an Expedition Force Transport.

1915 Used as a Military Hospital ship in the Dardanells. 1918 Supply liner under the requisition Scheme.

  • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
  • Medical Staff strength.
  • Officers:6
  • Nurses:12
  • Other:45
  • Accommodation capacity.
  • Officers:33
  • Cots:287
  • Berths:210
  • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
  • Date From:14th January 1915
  • Date To:19th March 1918
  • Ships Crew details:

The Hospital Ship Delta arrived off Cape Helles a couple of days after the first landing and Sister A M Cameron described the horrors of her first encounter with the seriously wounded: “…In the afternoon we began to get more and by 10 p.m. we had taken in 400 horribly wounded men straight from the field. Some were shot further in the boats which took them to us. The gangway ran with blood. Some of the poor fellows hadn’t got one dressing on. One needed all one’s common sense and courage. We 3 sisters had 200 of the wounded and only 6 orderlies at that time, so many were needed for stretcher bearers. We had to recognise the seriousness of a case at once and decide at lightning speed which to leave and which to do first. They came pouring in – and oh the wild rushes stopping haemorrhage, treating shock and collapse. The orderlies were good but untrained, and no good for emergencies. The doctors were operating as hard as they could tear, only 4 of them you see, and many lives were saved. By 3 a.m. all went to bed quite dead beat except one sister and myself. By that time every patient had been fed. The doctor of our block told me to give morphia at my own discretion and to do as I liked. Oh dear that few hours. I had such scares. Some of the men as soon as they dropped asleep woke screaming through shock, none were undressed – at least very few by that time. They were so dead beat we wrapped them in blankets in their filthy clothes poor fellows and let them rest. Faces shot away, arms, legs, lungs, shots everywhere….”

In 1919 SS Delta repatriated Australian troops before refitting and returning to Far East service.

1929 Sold for demolition.

John Doran

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