SS Indarra

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SS Indarra
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Name SS Indara
Owner Australasian United Steam Navigation Co.Ltd., Fremantle
Builder William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton
Yard number 966
Launched 1 Jul 1912
Completed 6 Nov 1912
In service 1912
Out of service 1042
Fate sunk, refloated and scrapped
General characteristics
Type passenger / cargo
Tonnage 9,735 tons
Length 451.0 ft (137.47m)
Beam 60.1 ft (18.32m)
Depth 37.4 ft (11.40m) Draft 27' 9 (8.46m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 16 5 knots (30.56 km/h)


Owned by the Australasian United Steam Navigation Co, Fremantle. Requisitioned in Oct 1917 and converted to a troopship in Sydney. Carried troops to the Middle East and was a part of a convoy of liners carrying troops from Alexandria to Marseilles. After the Armistice she was used to repatriate British soldiers from India, and Australian troops from the UK to Australia.

Returned to the control of its owners on 24 Sep 1918 she was sold in 1920 to Lloyd Royal Belge, London and renamed Pays De Waes. Repossessed during 1923 by the Australasian Steam Navigation Company and sold to Osaka Shosen Kaisha of Japan and renamed Horai Maru. Sunk 1 Mar 1942 on the last day of the battle of Sunda Strait while acting as a Japanese troopship. Japanese cruiser Mogami fired a spread of Long Lance torpedoes with the American cruiser USS Houston as their intended target. The torpedoes missed the Houston and instead sank the minesweeper W-2 and Horai Maru, while also hitting the Ryuho Maru, Tatsuno Maru and Sakura Maru, with the latter three ending up beached. The shot has been described as the best shot of torpedoes ever recorded, hitting five friendly ships at the same time.SS Indarra was raised and towed to Japan during 1947 and broken up.

List of soldiers carried

Fremantle to Melbourne 21 - 28 November 1914

Fremantle to Port Adelaide 25 - 30 Sep 1915

Fremantle to Sydney 18 - 26 Dec 1915

Fremantle to Melbourne 15 - 20 January 1916

England to Fremantle 12 July - 6 September 1919