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HMHS Ellora

1st August 1914 Hospital ship  

SS Ellora

SS Ellora (1911) Type: Passenger/cargo liner, P&O Group service 1914-1938.
P&O Group status Owned by British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd.
Builders Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd. Govan Yard number 442.
Official number 129577, Signal letters, Call sign HSVN.
Classification: Gross tonnage 5,201 grt
Length 124.90m (409.8ft), Breadth 15.94m (52.3ft), Depth 8.32m (27.3ft), Draught 7.132m (23.4ft).
Engines 2 triple expansion steam engines, Engine builders Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd, Govan
Power 6,700 ihp, Propulsion Twin screw, Speed 16.7 knots (trials).
Passenger capacity 26 first class, 17 second class, 1,928 deck passengers Employment: Indian Ocean service (mainly Bay of Bengal or Singapore Straits)

07.1911: Delivered as Ellora for British India Steam Navigation Company at a cost of £103,900. She was the fifth ship of the E-class to be delivered with the other ships named Ellenga, Edavana, Elephanta, Egra, Erinpura and Ekma.

24.06.1914: Takeover of British India Steam Navigation Company by The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company agreed.

09.1914 to 07.1916: Served as an Indian Expeditionary Force transport and took part in the major convoy from Bombay.
12.1914: Took part in the Basra River landings.
07.1916: Taken up as an Indian Expeditionary Force Hospital Ship with 475 beds. She served mainly between Bombay and the Persian Gulf.

  • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
  • Medical Staff strength.
  • Officers:
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  • Officers:
  • Cots:475
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  • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
  • Date From:12th November 1915
  • Date To:10th January 1920
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11.1917 to 01.1920: Served as an ambulance transport.

1919: Passenger capacity now 50 second class.
09.10.1919: Collided with East Asia Company ship Selanda at Port Said with some sustained damage.
1923: Acted as a tender for the Cunard world cruise ship Samaria which was too large to travel up the Hooghly. Ellora trans-shipped the Samaria’s passengers off the Sandheads both in and out.
1925: Acted as a tender for the Cunard world cruise ship Franconia which was too large to travel up the Hooghly. The Franconia anchored off Diamond Harbour and set her passengers ashore in two small river ferries, on which they were drenched in a tropical storm. As a result, the Cunard agents again chartered the Ellora for the return trip.
1927: Now based on the Bombay/Karachi service.
01.10.1932: Collided with a native brig named Fateh Rohman on the first night out of Bombay. The brig sank with the loss of one crew member. Initially, the Ellora was found to be at fault by the Karachi City Magistrate, however the decision was reversed in the Admiralty court. Unfortunately it was too late for the Second Officer who was dismissed on the findings of the local court.

19.08.1938: Sold for Rs 110,000 at Bombay and broken up in Italy.

John Doran

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