HMAT A50 Itonus
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|Name||HMAT A50 Itonus|
|Builder/Built||1898 Vickers Maxim, Barrow|
|Type||Cable ship (twin screw)|
Originally the SS Anglia built for Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Co Ltd, London. Sold 1907 to Archibald Currie & Co (Currie Line, Melbourne) who converted it into a cargo ship. Name changed to Itonus before Currie was taken over by the British India Steam Ship Co Ltd. Requisitioned by the Commonwealth Government.
After her first journey to Egypt, she was retained there and used to transport New Zealand troops to Gallipoli landing these troops in late afternoon of 25 Apr 1915.
Used as a Hospital Ship during the duration of Gallipoli before returning to troop carrying in 1916 (total of three trips as a trooper).
Torpedoed and sunk near Malta by U-38 on 20 Dec 1916 as she was making her way from Marseilles to Sydney. Five crew members perished.
Fremantle to Port Suez 22 February - 24 March 1915
Fremantle to Port Suez 22 February - 17 March 1915
- Clement Wilder Benporath
- John Blake
- Henry Thomas (Harry) Brear
- Arthur Charles Cam
- Frederick Lawrence Close
- John James Emery
- Charles Maul Glover
- Fritz Robert Jaentsch
- Francis William Singleton
- Edward William Tink
- Leslie Huon Truman
- James Winning