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Name: RANCHI
Type: Passenger Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched: 24/01/1925
Completed: 29/07/1925
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie & Co
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 534
Dimensions: 16738grt, 8827nrt, 548.5 x 71.3 x 43.2ft
Engines: 2 x Q4cyl (32.5, 46.5, 67 & 96 x 60ins) & LP Turbine, DR geared
Engines by: Hawthorn Leslie & Co, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 17.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 148130
History:
07/07/1925 Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co Ltd; registered at Newcastle
19/01/1953 Broken up
Comments: Accommodation for 312 x 1st & 275 x 2nd Class passengers
Built for the London to Bombay mail service & cruising
Purchase price 919,080. Sister ship to RANPURA
27/08/1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as HMS RANCHI, an armed merchant cruiser
Armed with 8 x 1 x 6ins & 2 x 1 x 3ins guns and the aft funnel was removed
16/03/1943: Converted for use as a troopship by the Ministry of War Transport
18/07/1947: Returned to owners
1948 to 1952 Used as an emigrant ship between England & Australia
Accommodation now for 950 x outward bound emigrants
07/01/1953: Sold to BISCO (British Iron and Steel Corporation) for 200,000
Allocated to John Cashmore Ltd for breaking up
18/01/1953: Arrived at Newport, Monmouthshire
19/01/1953: Handed over to J Cashmore for breaking up


Above photo is courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above: RANCHI at Malta as a troopship. Photo courtesy of Photoship

RANCHI as an emigrant ship in Australia. Photo copyright of of Allan C Green

RANCHI as an emigrant ship in Australia. Photo copyright of of Allan C Green

Shields Daily News, Monday, 26/01/1925