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Name: VITA
Type Passenger Cargo Ship
Launched: 24/08/1914
Completed: 17/10/1914
Builder: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Yard: Neptune Yard, Low Walker
Yard Number: 934
Dimensions: 4691grt, 1955nrt, 390.2 x 53.3 x 24.0ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (20.5, 35 & 60 x 45ins), 987nhp
Engines by: Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 2 x Screws, 12.5knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 136321
History:
09/10/1914 British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Glasgow
20/05/1949 Broken up
Comments: Accommodation for 32 x 1st class, 24 x 2nd class & 2694 x deck passengers
Built for the Bombay to Persian Gulf service. Cost 119,700
17/10/1914: Commandeered as a troop ship
1916: Converted to a hospital ship with 405 x beds
1920: Requisitioned as as an Expiditionary Force transport
1922: Returned to owners
192x: Transferred to the Bombay to Karachi weekly express service
05/1940: Converted into HOSPITAL SHIP NO 8 with 240 x beds
14/04/1941: Disabled by a near miss from a German dive bomber whilst leaving Tobruk
21/04/1941: Towed as an empty ship to Alexandria for minor repairs
Subsequently limped on one engine & without electricity to Bombay for repairs
09/04/1942: Returned to service in the Indian Ocean
05/1946: Returned to owners
20/05/1949: Broken up by Hindustan Iron Works at Bombay


Above photo is courtesy of Tim Webb

Jarrow Express, Friday, 28/08/1914