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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
Propulsion: 2 x Screw, 17.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 148130
History:
29/07/1925 Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co Ltd; registered at Newcastle
19/01/1953 Broken up
Comments: 27/08/1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty as HMS RANCHI, an armed merchant cruiser
Armed with 8 x 6ins & 2 x 3ins guns and aft funnel 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
19/01/1953: Broken up at Newport, Monmouthshire


Photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

RANCHI at Malta as a troopship. Photo courtesy of www.photoship.co.uk

RANCHI as an emigrant ship in Australia. Photo courtesy of Alan Green