HMAT A2 Geelong

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History
Name HMAT A2 Geelong
Builder/Built 1904 Barclay Curle, Whiteinch, Glasgow
Type Passenger Liner (twin screw)
Displacement 7,954 tons
Speed 14 knots


Remarks

Originallu launched as 'Australia', but on completion her name was changed. Built for W Lund's Blue Anchor Line, she accommodated 90 saloon and 450 third class passengers and was used on the Britain - Australia immigrant route.

Leased in August 1914 by the Commonwealth for troop transport duties, and underwent conversion in Melbourne to carry 62 officers and 1539 men. She made at least four completed journeys from Australia with troops aboard.

On 1 Jan 1916 she collided with "SS Bonvilston" in the Mediterranean and sank approx. 100 miles (165 km) north of Alexandria with general cargo. The crew was rescued.

Soldiers carried

Hobart to Alexandria 20 Oct - 10 Dec 1914

Fremantle to Port Suez 7 June - ? July 1915

Adelaide to Port Suez 18 November - 18 December 1915

Ship arrived 7:30 am 14 Dec 1915, disembarked 18 Dec 1915.