HMAT A18 Wiltshire

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HMAT A18 Wiltshire.jpg
Courtesy AWM Photo AO4186
Name HMAT A18 Wiltshire
Builder/Built 1912 John Brown Clydebank
Type Passenger / refrigerated cargo (twin screw)
Displacement 10,390 tons
Speed 14 knots


Built for the Federal Stream navigation Co, Ltd of London for the UK p Australia, New Zealand route.

Leased by the Commonwealth until 27 Dec 1917, when she was taken over by the British Admiralty. The Wiltshire completed nine voyages from Australia, including being a member of the first convoy from Albany.

Wrecked 31 May 1922 in Rosalie Bay, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand on passage from UK to Dunedin via Auckland. None of the 103 men aboard perished.

Soldiers carried

Melbourne to Port Suez 18 November - 15 December 1915

Melbourne to Port Suez 7 March - 23 April 1916 ?

England to Fremantle 12 November - 25 December 1916

England to Albany 12 May - 23 June 1917

Port Said to Melbourne 12 November 1917 - ? December 1917

England to Fremantle 23 July - 24 September 1918