HMAT A31 Ajana

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Name HMAT A31 Ajana
Builder/Built Russell & Co, Port Glasgow
Type passenger / refrigerated cargo
Displacement 7,759 tons
Speed 13 knots


Built for Australind Steam Ship Co Ltd, London. Leased to the Commonwealth until 12 May 1917 when her management was taken over by the British Admiralty. Underwent conversion to a troopship at Cockatoo Island Drydock on the 9th and 10th December 1914 to transport 427 troops and 304 horses.

Made five journeys from Australia carrying troops to the battle fields of Egypt and Europe.

On 14 Apr 1917 she was attacked by a U-Boat in the English Channel but was able to escape, and was chased for a second time by a U-Boat of the NW coast of Ireland on 29 Jul 1917, and again successfully evaded her predator.

Soldiers carried

Fremantle to Alexandria 31 December 1914 - ? 1915

Fremantle to Port Suez 22 December 1915 - ? January 1916

Fremantle to Plymouth 15 July - 1 September 1916