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SS Amra


Amra is a village East of Benares, Uttar Pradesh.

Along with her sisters she was built to replace the aging 'A' Class ships on the Calcutta - Rangoon mail service and she sailed from London to Calcutta on her maiden voyage on the 18th November. She was requisitioned in 1940 for Trooping duties and completed two tours before being converted to Hospital Ship No. 41 in the December at Bombay. She was fitted with 385 beds and had a medical staff of 107 and operated Somaliland - Mombasa - Durban. In 1943 she was transferred to the Mediterranean and attended the Sicily Landings in July and the Salerno Landings in the September. She wasn't released from her war duties until September of 1946 and after refit which saw her accommodation change to 222 Cabin Class, 737 deck she briefly returned to the Calcutta - Rangoon service before being transferred to the Bombay - East/ South African route.

In October of 1950 she arrived at Durban to have her boilers converted from coal to oil burning and in the March of 1951 once more returned to service. She spent a further fifteen uneventful years in service before being sold for scrap to Chou's Iron and Steel Co Ltd of Taipei arriving at Keelung on the 2nd of December work commenced the following year. Her bell was presented to the R.A.F. and Trucial Oman Scouts for hanging in their church at Sharjah.

Built : 1938 Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Wallsend.
Tonnage: 8, 314g, 3, 993n, 6, 326 dwt. Dwt
Engines : Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Parsons Turbines, 8, 800 SHP, 18.51 Knots (Trials)
Passengers: 45 First Class, 110 Second Class, 154Tourist, 2, 327 Deck, 180 Crew.
Refrigerated Space: 4, 100 cuft.
Launched 30th April 1938, completed 10th November 1938. Yard No. 1570.