SS Canberra

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Name SS Canberra
Builder/Built Alex Stephen & Sons, Glasgow
Type Passenger ship (twin screw)
Displacement 7,707 tons
Speed 15 knots


Owned by the Australian Steamships Ltd (Howard Smith), Melbourne and used on the Melbourne - north Queensland run. Requisitioned in 1917 as a troopship. Returned to her owners in 1920 before again being requisitioned 1941 - 1947. A coal burner she was named "hungry-mary" by her stokers. In March 1943 she was heavily strafed by Japanese aircraft when off Cape York.

During 1947 she was sold to Goulandris Bros of Greece and employed on trans Atlantic migrant trade. Renamed Espana when sold to the Dominican Republic. Scrapped in October 1959.

Soldiers carried

World War I

Fremantle to Southport 24 November 1917 - 30 January 1918

Word War II

Townsville to Port Moresby 2 - 5 August 1943

Port Moresby to Townsville 15 -18 February 1944

Port Moresby to Townsville 13 - 17 March 1944