HMAT A14 Euripides
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|Name||HMAT A14 Euripides|
|Builder/Built||1914 Harland & Wolff, Belfast|
|Type||Passenger / cargo steamship (triple screw)|
- 1 Remarks
- 2 Staff
- 3 Soldiers carried
- 3.1 Sydney to Alexandra 20 October - 3 December 1914
- 3.2 Plymouth to Fremantle 24 June - 3 August 1916
- 3.3 Port Suez to Melbourne 22 January - 21 February 1917
- 3.4 Plymouth to Australia 22 July 1917 - 11 September 1917
- 3.5 Sydney to New York 1 May - 14 June 1918
- 3.6 Portland to Fremantle 3 March - 10 April 1919
Built for G Thompson & Co Ltd, Glasgow, she was on her maiden voyage to Brisbane when war broke out. Requisitioned two days after her arrival by the Commonwealth, whose control ended 2 Jun 1917, with management of the Euripides being taken over by the British Admiralty.
A member of the first convoy from Albany, she completed seven voyages from Australia with troops. In 1919 she was used to repatriate Australian troops and during the period 1914 - 1919 she carried 38,439 troops to or from the war.
Post war she was overhauled and resumed the Aberdeen Line's London - Australia route, before changing hands several times between wars. In 1932 she was renamed Akaroa.
During WW2 she was again used as a troopship before another transformation in 1945 back to civilian use before being sent to shipbreakers in Antwerp in May 1954.
- Euphemia Weir Huntley Scott served as nurse to patients returning to Australia on Oct 1915 voyage.
Sydney to Alexandra 20 October - 3 December 1914
Plymouth to Fremantle 24 June - 3 August 1916
- Prime Minister William Morris 'Billy' Hughes - travelled on to Melbourne
- William Edward Clarence Green