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HMHS Sicilia

1st August 1914 Hospital ship  

HS Sicilia

SS Sicilia was built by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow, Yard No 425. Engines by Shipbuilders. Port of Registry: Glasgow
Propulsion: Two triple expansion three cylinder steam engines, 4500ihp, twin screws, 14 knots.
Launched: Saturday, 22/12/1900, Built 1901.
Ship Type: Passenger/Cargo Liner. Ship's Role: 'Intermediate' passenger services, and trooping.
Tonnage: 6696 gross; 4174 net; 8462 dwt.
Length: 450ft 4in, Breadth: 52ft 4in, Draught: 26ft 8in.

Owner History: Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company


  • 22/12/1900: Launched for The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, London.
  • 05/02/1901: Registered.
  • 09/02/1901: Delivered. The first of 5 sisters delivered in 1901~02, followed by Soudan (Caird), Syria (Stephen), Somali (Caird) and Sardinia (Barclay, Curle). As built, Sicilia could carry 90 First Class and 70 Second Class passengers.
  • 1901: Maiden voyage trooping to Calcutta.
  • 1901~03: Boer War trooping.
  • 1903~04: Indian trooping.
  • 1904~05: Indian trooping.
  • 1905: Laid up.
  • 1906: General trooping.
  • 1907~08: Indian trooping.
  • 1907: Rumour aboard that a Sergeant had been murdered by lascars, whereas in reality he had deserted to the Chinese Army.
  • 1908: UK/India and Chinese services.
  • 10/09/1914: Hired by the Admiralty for service as a hospital ship (No. E.0261), and served for some time in the Dardanelles.

    • Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport Service during WW1.
    • Medical Staff strength.
    • Officers:20
    • Nurses:
    • Other:1
    • Accommodation capacity.
    • Officers:12
    • Cots:100
    • Berths:214
    • Period of Service as Hospital Ship or Ambulance Transport.
    • Date From:10th September 1914
    • Date To:11th September 1918
    • Ships Crew details:

    01/1926: Sold to Kishimoto Kisen K K., Japan for demolition at Osaka.

    John Doran

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