HMT Egra

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Name HMT Egra
Builder/Built Workman, Clark & Co Ltd of Belfast in 1911
Type Passenger/cargo liner
Displacement 5,109 tons
Speed 16 knots


Built for the British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd.

She entered service in August of 1911 and in September of 1914 trooped to Marseilles, she also attended the Basra Landings in the December of the same year and spent the remainder of the war as a Troop Transport.

In 1922 she ran aground off Amoy but the remainder of her pre- Second War career was uneventful.

She served as a Troop Transport from July 1940 to November of 1946 seeing service Karachi Basra April 1941, August 1941 Bombay- Port Swettenham. On the 26th of November 1943 she was in convoy with Rohna when the latter was sank by a glider bomb and in January of 1945 she was a Supply and Troop Transport for the Kyaukpyu Landings in Burma.

Just before decommissioning she grounded in the Hooghly on the 27th of October 1946 and it wasn't until the 7th of November that she was refloated. She remained in service until January 1950 before being sold for scrap to the Steel Corporation of Bombay on the 1st of February at the time she was the longest serving ship in the BI Fleet.

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