HMAT A36 Boonah

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Name HMAT A36 Boonah
Builder/Built 1911 Flensburger Schiffsbau Ges., Flensburgh
Type Steamship cargo (refrigerated single screw)
Displacement 5,926 tons
Speed 12.5 knots


Built for the Deutsche - Australische Line and named Melbourne. Seized by the Australian Government at Sydney in 1914, and renamed Boonah. Manned by Australian Officers and crew, she completed four journeys carrying military passengers, and one cargo only. The Berrima was transferred to the Commonwealth Government Line post hostilities as a war prize.

In 1925 she was renamed Witram by new owners the North German Lloyd Line , Bremen. In 1937 renamed Buenos Aires before being torpedoed in 1940 and sunk by the HMS Narwhal between Denmark and Sweden.

Soldiers carried

England to Fremantle 21 July - 11 September 1918

Fremantle to Woodman's Point 29 October - 12 December 1918

Ship was turned around before reaching England due to the end of hostilities. Passengers returned to origin after serving a quarantine period at Woodman's Point.