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HMAT A35 Berrima

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Berrima under construction in 1913 - Wikipedia
History
Name HMAT A35 Berrima
Builder/Built 1913 Caird & Co, Greenock
Type Passenger / cargo steamship (twin screw)
Displacement 11,137 tons
Speed 14 knots


Remarks

Built for Lund's Blue Anchor Line emigrant service. Could carry 350 third class passengers. In 1914 converted at Cockatoo island Drydock, Sydney to transport 1,500 troops and Officers. Fitted with four 4.7 pound guns, two forward, and two aft. Leased by the Commonwealth until 10 Oct 1917, during which time she made 5 trips carrying troops of to war. Management was transferred to the British Admiralty. Was a member of the second convoy from Albany.


18 February 1917, Struck by a torpedo or mine when 50 miles West of Portland Bill, with the loss of four lives. The majority of the crew were evacuated in the lifeboats and were picked up by the destroyer HMS Forester. A line was subsequently connected to the tug Pilot, and Berrima was towed into Portland Harbour the next day. In the absence of a dry dock she was repaired while still afloat with a 42 ton wooden patch built in three sections on the quayside, after which she was requisitioned by the Shipping Controller for the Atlantic stores and munitions ferry. On completion of war duty, she resumed normal service


Soldiers carried

Melbourne to Alexandria 22 December 1914 - 1 February 1915

Alexandria to Mudros 1 -4 August 1915

Malta to Alexandria 15 - 19 October 1915

Fremantle to Port Suez 17 December 1915 - ? January 1916

Fremantle to Devonport 23 December 1916 - 16 February 1917

England to Fremantle 31 October - 22 December 1917

England to Fremantle 2 January - 10 February 1919