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Name: TALAMBA
Type: Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 16/07/1924
Completed: 02/10/1924
Builder: Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 533
Dimensions: 8018grt, 3844nrt, 450.8 x 60.3 x 29.7ft
Engines: 2 x Q4cyl (25, 42.5, 51 & 51 x 51ins), 1376nhp
Engines by: Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 16.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 147734
History:
02/10/1924 British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London
10/07/1943 Sank
Comments: Third funnel was a dummy, built to impress the potential passengers
02/09/1937: Caught in a typhoon at Hong Kong she was grounded on Lye Mun.
21/11/1937: Refloated and then repaired.
06/1941: Converted into a hospital ship
10/07/1943: Bombed & sunk off Syracuse during the landings in Sicily
Attacked even though she was fully illuminated and showing red cross markings
5 crew died


Ashore after the typhoon in 1937

TALAMBA as a hospital ship