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HMAT A15 Port Sydney

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Name HMAT A15 Port Sydney
Builder/Built 1914 Workman Clark, Belfast
Type Passenger / refrigerated cargo (twin screw)
Displacement 9,136 tons
Speed 13 knots


Remarks

Built for the Commonwealth and Dominion Line Ltd, London (Port Line) as the SS Star of England. Requisitioned by the Commonwealth in 1914, and converted to a troopship HMAT A15 Star of England at Cockatoo Island Dockyard between 29 Aug 1914 and 12 Sep 1914 to carry 524 troops and 511 horses.

A part of the first convoy from Albany, she made eight voyages from Australia. Renamed Port Sydney in 1916. The last voyage left Sydney 17 Aug 1917.

Resumed private ownership on 22 Nov 1917, although she obviously carried men home under contract until late 1919. During WW2 she was under British government control as a meat cargo ship operating between the River Plate in Argentina and the UK. Scrapped in 1948.

Soldiers carried

England - Melbourne to Alexandria 14 April - ? May 1915

Melbourne to England 7 September 1916 - 29 Oct 1916

Fremantle to Port Suez 9 May - 20 June 1917

Fremantle to Sydney 15 - 23 August 1917

Melbourne to Suez 9 November - 12 December 1917

Port Suez to Fremantle 4 - 31 March 1919

England to Fremantle 22 September - 4 November 1919