Yard Number 319 was named BELTANA when launched on Wednesday 24/01/1912 by Caird & Company Greenock for Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Ship Type: Passenger Liner
Ship's Role: UK/Australia emigrant service via the Cape of Good Hope (Branch Line)
Tonnage: 11120 gross; 7032 net; 13746 dwt
Length: 520ft 0in overall; 500ft 2in BP
Breadth: 62ft 3in
Draught: 31ft 8in
Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Her main engines were built by the shipbuilder , she was powered by Two four cylinder quadruple expansion steam engines, 9000ihp, twin screws, 14 knots
BELTANA was scrapped on 1933
24/01/1912: Launched. It had originally been proposed to name her BENDIGO. She broke adrift while completing and caused considerable damage.
05/1912: Delivered. She cost £179,365.
09/07/1912: Maiden voyage from London, delayed for nearly 4 weeks by a transport workers’ strike.
1914 to 1917: Served as an Imperial and Australian troop transport.
10/1917: Requisitioned for Transatlantic service where she carried munitions and supplies.
1919: Returned to the Branch Line although she was no match for the newer vessels in accommodation or economy.
05/1922: 11167 gross; 6974 net.
06/1927: Minor collision with the steamer CLYDE in Sydney Harbour
30/08/1927: Beached in the Thames after colliding with the steamer TORRINGTON.
1928: Brought to the UK the greater part of the crews of the new Royal Australian Navy cruisers AUSTRALIA and CANBERRA.
02/1929: 11220 gross; 7126 net.
05/1929: Helped search, without success, for the missing Danish sailing ship KOBENHAVN in the Indian Ocean. Thereafter spent much of the time laid up at Southend.
02/07/1929: One return voyage on the new secondary Australian service via the Mediterranean.
28/07/1929: Management and operation transferred from P&O Branch Line to P&O SNCo.
31/03/1930: Sold for £27,000 to Toyo Hogei Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan for conversion for the whaling trade. She was not renamed, being laid up in Japan. She never traded under the Japanese flag.
1933: Sold to Gentaro Kasegawa, Kobe for demolition.
Previous updates by Paul Strathdee and Bruce Biddulph.
Photo supplied by John Ward~McQuaid