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Name

HMAT A60 Aeneas

Builder/Built 1910 Workman Clarke at Belfast
Type Troopship
Displacement 10,049 tons
Speed 14 knots


Remarks

Built for Ocean Steam Ship Co (Blue Funnel Line) for the South Africa - Australia service. Trip took 39 days and operated every six weeks.


Requisitioned by the Commonwealth for use as a troopship for four voyages from Australia and one as a cargo ship in 1917. Fitted out at Cockatoo Island in Sydney to carry 1,820 troops. She made several trips to England carrying reinforcements. Management was transferred to the British Admiralty on 22 Jun 1917.


In May 1918 after she left Commonwealth control, she ran aground, but was refloated, and in 1920 resumed her peacetime Australian service with capacity for 180 first class passengers. During WW2, she was bombed and sank on 2 Jul 1940 off Start Point, Devon.

Soldiers carried

Port Suez to Melbourne 31 October 1915 - 26 November 1915

Fremantle to Port Suez 17 April - 14 May 1916

Fremantle to Plymouth 15 July - 1 September 1916

Melbourne to England 3 October - 19 November 1916

Melbourne to Devonport 30 October - 27 December 1917

England to Fremantle 19 December 1918 - 27 January 1919

England to Fremantle 31 May - 12 July 1919

England to Melbourne 22 November 1919 - 9 January 1920