HMAT A48 Seang Bee

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HMAT A48 Seang Bee
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Postcard published during WW1, photographer unknown
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Bibby Lines archives
Name HMAT A48 Seang Bee
Owner Bibby Steamship Company, Rangoon
Builder Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Launched 27 Jul 1891
Completed 3 Oct 1891
Reclassified Passenger ship
Fate scrapped 1931
General characteristics
Type passenger / cargo (twin screws)
Tonnage 5,849 tons
Length 445 ft (138.8m)
Beam 15.0m
Propulsion single screw
Speed 14.5 knots (24.1 kph)
Capacity 100 first class passengers; 750 troops


Originally built for the Bibby Line, in 1891 with the name Shropshire it was owned by Lim Chin Tsong of Rangoon by 1909 and operated by the China & Southern Trading Company. She was leased by the Commonwealth until 12 May 1917 when her management was taken over by the British Admiralty. She made two trips to Egypt and two to the UK from Australian ports as a troopship.

She was returned to her owners in 1919, and was sold in 1924, 1925 and 1929 without her name changing. Seang Bee was broken up in 1931.

On 9 Dec 1923 6 tahils of raw opium were found in the baggage belonging to a passenger from China. He was fed $10 (Singapore ). A female passenger from China with 10 tahils of prepared opium was discharged with a caution.

Soldiers carried

Sydney to Alexandria 2 December 1914 - 11 February 1915

Alexandria to Lemnos Island 12 - 15 April 1915

Fremantle to Plymouth 19 July - 9 September 1916

Embarkation occurred on the 18th

Other Voyages

  • 11 February 1915 from Sydney & 13 February 1915 from Brisbane,
  • 21 October 1915 from Brisbane, Queensland
  • 10 February 1917 from Adelaide, South Australia