british Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. - P&O - P & O SS Ballarat [+1917]
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1911
status
live live
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weight (tons) 11120  grt
dimensions 152.43 x 19.13 x 9.66 m
engine 2 x quadruple expansion engines, dual shaft, 2 screws
power 1200  n.h.p.
speed 14  knots
yard no. 318
IMO/Off. no. 131851
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 25/04/1917  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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builder
J. Caird & Co., Greenock
engine by
J. Caird & Co., Greenock
last owner
[1]Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. - P&O - P & O, London
SS Ballarat [+1917]
period 1914 ~ 1917
IMO/Off. no.: 131851
prev. owners
[2]Blue Anchor Line - W. Lund & Sons, London
SS Ballarat
period 1911 ~ 1914
IMO/Off. no.: 131851
captain
about the wreck
depth (m.) 73 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation 40°
protected
war grave
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/06/2007
last update Lettens Jan
last update 23/09/2013
 
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Allen Tony25/04/2008When P&O bought Lund’s Blue Anchor Line’s emigrant service via the Cape in 1910, they immediately ordered five new ships, of which BALLARAT was the first, with improved accommodation aimed at a higher quality of emigrant.

P&O took over the service complete, renaming it the Branch Line (hence the Australian “B” names used for their new tonnage), and running it separately from their other ships because Australian regulations required allwhite crews. 01/11/1911: Registered.

She began life with a Blue Anchor Line funnel, changing to P&O black in 1914. Her maiden voyage via the Cape set a London/Adelaide record of 37½ days. 1914: When war came served initially as an Indian transport. 08/1915: Carrying Australian troops. ...

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About Builders
 J. Caird & Co., Greenock
Caird & Company was a Scottish shipbuilding and engineering firm based in Greenock. The company was established in 1828 by John Caird when he received an order to re-engine Clyde paddle-tugs.[1]
John's relative James Tennant Caird joined the company in 1831, and after leaving to work for Randolph, Elder & Co in Glasgow, rejoined the family business for good in 1838.
A year after the death of Robert Caird, the company was sold to Harland & Wolff Ltd in 1916 for £432,493. The firm continued trading as a separate enterprise, with Arthur and Patrick Caird on the board, until 1922. The Arthur Street engine works was sold to John G Kincaid & Co Ltd in 1919.

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Allen Tony25/04/2008When P&O bought Lund’s Blue Anchor Line’s emigrant service via the Cape in 1910, they immediately ordered five new ships, of which BALLARAT was the first, with improved accommodation aimed at a higher quality of emigrant.

P&O took over the service complete, renaming it the Branch Line (hence the Australian “B” names used for their new tonnage), and running it separately from their other ships because Australian regulations required allwhite crews. 01/11/1911: Registered.

She began life with a Blue Anchor Line funnel, changing to P&O black in 1914. Her maiden voyage via the Cape set a London/Adelaide record of 37½ days. 1914: When war came served initially as an Indian transport. 08/1915: Carrying Australian troops.

On the 25th April 1917 she was torpedoed by the German submarine UB-32, 24 miles S by W from Wolf Rock. She was sailing as HM AMBULANCE TRANSPORT A70 on a voyage from Melbourne to London with Australian troops and a cargo of copper, antimony ore, gold bullion and general cargo.

Despite 50 lookouts on each side and HMTBD PHOENIX as escort the torpedo was not spotted, the starboard screw was smashed and the engine room flooded. Taken in tow by a destroyer and HM Drifter MIDGE, she sank in 44 fathoms of water 8½ miles off the Lizard the following day.

All 1,752 on board were saved. 12/1917: P&O Chairman Lord Inchcape negotiated £420,000 compensation for a ship that cost £176,109!
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