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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 T4cyl (25, 42.5, 51 & 51 x 51ins), 1376nhp
Engines by: Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd, Newcastle
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 16.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 147734
History:
29/09/1924 British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London
10/07/1943 Sank
Comments: Accommodation for 56 x 1st, 80 x 2nd class & 2777 deck passengers
Third funnel was a dummy, built to impress the potential passengers
Served on the Calcutta to Japan service
02/09/1937: Caught in a typhoon at Hong Kong she was grounded on Lye Mun
21/11/1937: Refloated and then repaired by Hong Kong & Whampoa Dockyard Co
1939: Used as a troop ship between India and UK
06/1941: Converted into a hospital ship & based at Colombo
10/07/1943: Bombed & sunk off Syracuse during the Allied landings in Sicily
Attacked even though she was fully illuminated and showing red cross markings
400 x patients were saved but 5 x crew died


Above photo is courtesy of Photoship

Ashore after the typhoon in 1937. Photo courtesy of Photoship

Ashore after the typhoon in 1937. Photo courtesy of Richard Cox

Above photo, showing TALAMBA as a hospital ship, is copyright of the Imperial War Museum