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Name: MONARCH OF BERMUDA
Type: Passenger Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched: 17/03/1931
Completed: 11/1931
Builder: Vickers Armstrong Ltd
Yard: High Walker
Yard Number: 1
Dimensions: 22424grt, 12876nrt, 553.2 x 76.7 x 39.0ft
Engines: 2 x Steam turbines plus electric motors
Engines by: Fraser & Chalmers, Erith (turbines) & General Electric Co Ltd, Birmingham (motors)
Propulsion: 4 x Screws, 20.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 162650
History:
11/1931 Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Hamilton, Bermuda
1949 Ministry of Transport (Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, managers); renamed NEW AUSTRALIA
1958 Ormos Shipping Co Ltd, London
1958 Arcadia SS Co, Andros; renamed ARKADIA
18/12/1966 Broken up
Comments: 24/05/1947: Gutted by fire at Palmers Shipyard, Hebburn whilst refitting after
trooping service. She was declared a total loss and supposedly sold for scrap.
The UK Ministry of Transport reappraised the wreck, purchased her, and then had her rebuilt as an emigrant ship. She was moved under her own power to Southampton and then she was rebuilt by JI Thornycroft & Co Ltd.
In the rebuilding, her three funnels were replaced by a single one, and the mainmast by a peculiar looking, bipod mast/funnel arrangement forward of the funnel.
09/1958: Whilst acting as a troop ship she was in collision with a tanker in the Torres Strait. Damage to both vessels was not severe.
1958: She was rebuilt and modernized by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg
She was now 20,259 tons, and her forepeak, which was damaged in the recent collision, was extended to provide a curved stem, and she was lengthened to 590 feet. Her foremast was replaced by two king-posts.
18/12/1966: Broken up at Valencia, Spain


Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above photo courtesy of Photoship

Above, ablaze at Palmer's yard. Photo courtesy of Paul Strathdee

Above photo, as NEW AUSTRALIA, copyright of Ernest G Best

Above photo, as NEW AUSTRALIA, copyright of Gordon Ross

Above photo, as ARKADIA, copyright of Michael Neidig

Above photo, as ARKADIA, copyright of Hans-Wilhelm Delfs