HMAT A71 Nestor

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HMAT A71 Nestor
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Blue Funnel Line postcard
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Soldiers preparing to board HMAT Nestor in Liverpool bound for Australia. 20th May 1919. AWM P11458.026.002
Name HMAT A71 Nestor
Owner Alfred Holt & Co., Liverrpool
Builder Workman Clark & C0., Belfast
Launched 7 Dec 1912
In service 1913
Out of service 1949
Fate scrapped in Scotland
General characteristics
Type Passenger / cargo
Tonnage 14,547 tons
Length 563.2 ft (171.66m)
Beam 68 ft (20.73m)
Depth 40.2 ft (12.25m)
Propulsion twin screw
Speed 13.5 knots (25.0 kmph)


Built for A. Holt and Co, later the Ocean Steam Ship Co Ltd of Liverpool (Blue Funnel Line). Built explicitly for the Australian Route with a capacity of 350 passengers. Leased by the Commonwealth until 26 Jun 1917 when her management was taken over by the British Admiralty. Completed six voyages from Australia, mainly carrying reinforcement units to England.

During peace time (served during 2 wars) was usually on the UK - Australia run. Broken up for scrap in 1950 at Faslane.

Soldiers carried

England to Perth 22 July - 13 September 1917

Melbourne to Liverpool 28 February - 20 April 1918

England to Fremantle 12 December 1918 - 18 January 1919

Other Voyages

  • 11 October 1915 from Adelaide
  • 9 April 1916 from Sydney
  • 2 October 1916 from Melbourne
  • 21 November 1917 from Melbourne
  • 28 February 1918 from Melbourne