HMAT A38 Ulysses

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History
Name HMAT A38 Ulysses
Builder/Built 1913 Workman Clark, Belfast
Type Passenger cargo ship (twin screw)
Displacement 14,449 tons
Speed 13.5 knots


Remarks

Owned by China Mutual SN Co, of London, leased by the Commonwealth until 15 Aug 1917. Made six trips from Australia. In addition to carrying troops, along with the other transports she carried general goods to the UK. On 15 Aug 1917 management was passed to the British Admiralty.

At 22.31 hours on 11 Apr, 1942, the unescorted Ulysses enroute from Sydney to Liverpool with cargo, was hit in the stern by one stern torpedo from U-160 45 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and in the engine room by a torpedo at 22.53 hours. While the crew abandoned ship, the U-boat moved to the side and at 23.27 hours fired another torpedo that hit amidships and caused the ship to sink in 30 minutes, but this was not observed by the Germans because a flying boat was now circling the area.

The master, 189 crew members, five gunners and 95 passengers were picked up by USS Manley and landed at Charleston, South Carolina.

Soldiers carried

Melbourne to Port Suez 8 May - ?? June 1915

Mudros to Alexandria 19 - 24 Aug 1915 (Hospital Ship)

Suez to Fremantle 24 September 1915 - ?? October 1915

Melbourne to Suez 27 Oct - 26 Nov 1915

Fremantle to Port Suez 2 - 26 November 1915

Melbourne to Suez 27 Oct - ?? Nov 1915

Lemnos to Alexandria 20 - 22 December 1915

Alexandria to Fremantle 3 January - 5 February 1916

Sydney to Alexandria 20 February - 25 April 1916

Fremantle passengers boarded 1 Apr 1915

Melbourne to Plymouth 25 October - 28 December 1916

Return to Fremantle 13 February - 12 April 1917

Return to Fremantle 10 September - 4 November 1917

Return to Fremantle 15 February - 11 March 1918

Return to Fremantle 18 January 1919 - 24 February 1919

Return to Melbourne 22 July 1919 - 30 Aug 1919