HMT Transylvania

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Name HMT Transylvania
Builder/Built 1914 Scotts, Greenock & Grangemouth Dockyard Co, Ltd
Type Passenger liner (twin screw)
Displacement 14,348 tons
Speed 17.5 knots


Built for Cunard subsidiary, the Anchor Line. Could carry 1,379 passengers in her original configuration, and 3,060 troops when fitted out as a troopship.

Used to move troops around the Mediterranean, on 4 May 1917 while sailing from Marseille to Alexandria she was torpedoed south of Italy by U-63, despite an escort from two Japanese destroyers. While one of the escorts was taking on board troops from the Transylvania, another torpedo was fired and although the destroyer was able to avoid it, the Transylvania was dead in the water and it sank immediately.

Ten crew members, 29 army officers, and 375 soldiers lost their lives.

Soldiers carried

Alexandria to Marseilles 29 March -4 April 1916

Alexandria to England 1 - 9 June 1916

Alexandria to Marseilles 18 - 23 June 1916