HMT Galeka

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History
Name HMT Galeka
Builder/Built 1899 Harland & Wolff, Ltd, Glasgow
Type Passenger / cargo ship
Displacement 6,772 tons
Speed 12.5 knots


Remarks

Built for the Union-Castle Line and used on the South Afric route until World War 1, when she was used first as a troop ship carrying ANZAC troops to the Gallipoli campaign, and later as a Hospital Ship.

As a Hospital Ship she could carry 366 wounded passengers.

On 28 Oct 1916, as she was entering Le Havre she hit a mine laid by the Uboat UC-26. While no patients were aboard at the time, some 19 Royal Army medical Corps personnel perished. Although able to be beached at Cap la Hogue, she was a total loss.

Soldiers carried

Anzac Cove 2 May 1915

Mudros to Alexandria 29 April -3 May 1915

Mudros to Alexandria 16 - 19 June 1915

Mudros to Malta 19 - 24 November 1915