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Yard No. 580
ss MANELA



Yard Number 580 was named MANELA when launched on Saturday 09/10/1920 by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow for British India Steam Navigation Company Glasgow & London

Ship Particulars:
Built: 1921
Ship Type: Passenger Cargo Vessel
Ship's Role: Karachi-Bombay service: Calcutta-Australia 1937-1939
Tonnage: 8303 grt
Length: 465.2 feet
Breadth: 58.3 feet

Owner History:
British India Steam Navigation Company Glasgow & London
1939 chartered to Royal Navy
1941 to R.A.F.


Her main engines were built by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow , she was powered by Twin screw 2 sets Brown-Curtis turbines, 3650ihp, 14 knots Her last recorded name was HMS MANELA (1939)

MANELA was sold for scrap on 23/07/1946

Additional Information: Requisitioned by the Royal Navy in 1939 and fitted out as a seaplane depot ship. Apparently she was well liked by the RAF squadrons due to her accommodation and a cinema in No 4 hold!
Broken up at Hendrik Ido Ambacht
Additional data by Colin Campbell

Previous update by Bruce Biddulph
Photo supplied by John Ward~McQuaid