HMT Georgian

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Name HMT Georgian
Builder/Built 1890 Harland & Wolff, Belfast
Type Cargo / passenger ship on North Atlantic run.
Displacement 5,088 tons
Speed 12 knots


During the war, she was used as a troopship, horse transport and cargo carrier.

During the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 she took wounded ANZAC troops from the beachhead under fire, for which the captain was mentioned in despatches and subsequently awarded the OBE. In 1916 she carried the 14th Field Artillery Brigade from Alexandria to Marseliies.

She came under torpedo attack off the south coast of Ireland, but an alert lookout spotted the track and the ship turned just in time for the torpedo to pass parallel to her 10 yards away and she escaped under smoke. She was not so lucky in March 1917 when she was torpedoed 50 miles north of Crete. She was hit amidships and went down level in 15 minutes.

Soldiers carried

Alexandria to Marseilles 1916