Postcards Featuring British India Ships

Introduction

This page was published on the MerchantNavyOfficers.com website with a note of thanks to David Mitchell who presumably submitted it to Fred Waddington. It features a selection of postcards collected by Richard Crow whose recollections of his time with British India can be found HERE. Please see this site's HOME PAGE for information about the background to content republished here.

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Postcards

Amra (1938)

Amra
Amra built in 1938 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend. Tonnage: 8,314g, 3,993n, 6,326dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Parsons Turbines by Parsons, 8,800 S.H.P., 16 Knots. Launched 30th April 1938, Completed 10th November 1938, Yard No 1570. [1]

Amra (1969)

Amra
Amra built in 1969 by Swan Hunter SB, South Shields. Tonnage: 6,695g, 3,030n, 10,406dwt. Engine: 1 x 6 Cylinder Burmeister Wain by Harland & Wolff, 11,600 B.H.P., 17 Knots. Launched 30th June 1969, Completed 14th November 1969, Yard No 16. [1]

Angora

Angora
Angora built in 1911 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton. Tonnage: 4,299g, 1,926n, 3,088dwt. Engines: Triple Screw, 3 x Single Stage Parsons by Denny & Co, 8,575 S.H.P., 18 Knots. Launched 1st December 1910, Completed 24th February 1911, Yard No 925. [1]

Australia

Australia
Australia built in 1912 by Flensburger Schiffsbau, acquired by B.I. 26th January 1915. Tonnage: 7,531g, 4,725n, 12,060dwt. Engine: Quadruple Expansion by Builder, 4,500 I.H.P., 12.5 Knots. Launched 17th October 1912, Completed 3rd December 1912.Yard No 326. [1]

Bharata

Bharata
Bharata built in 1903 by Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock. Tonnage: 4,039g, 1,950n, 4,080dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 5,000 I.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 2nd October 1902, Completed 6th December 1902, Yard No 377. [1]

Carpentaria

Carpentaria
Carpentaria built in 1904 by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd Middlesbrough. Tonnage: 5,766g, 3,756n, 8,860dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Richardsons Westgarth & Co Ltd Middlesbrough 12 Knots. Launched 15th August 1904, Completed December 1904, Yard No 481. [1]

Chakdina

Chakdina
Chakdina built in 1951 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle. Tonnage: 7,267g, 4,107n, 9,229dwt. Engine: 1 x 6 Cylinder doxford by Builder, 6,800 B.H.P., 14.5 Knots. Launched 21st May 1951, Completed 11th September 1951, Yard No 1880. [1]

Chandpara

Chandpara
Chandpara built in 1949 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 7,273g, 4,154n, 9,350dwt. Engine: 1 x 6 Cylinder Doxford by Builder, 6,800 B.H.P., 14.5 Knots. Launched 8th July 1949, Completed 22nd December 1949, Yard No 715. [1]

Chilka

Chilka
Chilka built in 1910 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 3,952g, 2,158n, 4,180dwt. Engines: Twin Screw,2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 3,300 I.H.P., 14 Knots. Launched 23rd August 1910, Completed 4th October 1910, Yard No 483. [1]

Coconada

Coconada
Coconada built in 1910 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 3,958g, 2,162n, 4,180dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 3,300 I.H.P., 14 Knots. Launched 23rd September 1910, Completed 8th November 1910, Yard No 484. [1]

Devon

Devon
Devon built in 1914 by A.C.F. Dunkirk. Tonnage: 9,025g, 5,490n, 11,307dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 5,000 I.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched December 1914, Acquired by B.I. in 1934, Yard No 98. [1]

Devonshire

Devonshire
Devonshire built in 1939 by Fairfield SB & E Co Ltd, Govan. Tonnage: 11,275g, 6,758n. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 8 Cylinder Sulzers, 6,300 B.H.P., 16 Knots. Launched for Bibby Line 20th December 1938, Aquired by B.I. 17th January 1962, Yard No 670. [1]

Dilwara (1891)

Dilwara
Dilwara built in 1891 by A & J Inglis, Glasgow. Tonnage: 5,441g, 3,517n, 6,560dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,800 I.H.P.,14 Knots. Launched 3rd November 1891, Completed 29th December 1891, Yard No 217. [1]

Dilwara (1936)

Dilwara
Dilwara built in 1936 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 11,050g, 6,553n, 3,430dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 5 Cylinder Doxfords by Builder, 11,880 B.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 17th October 1935, Completed 16th January 1936, Yard No 654. [1]

Dumana

Dumana
Dumana built in 1923 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 8,428g, 5,110n, 10,400dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 8 Cylinder 4 Stroke by North British, 3,750 B.H.P., 12 Knots. Launched 21st November 1921, Completed 16th March 1923, Yard No 593. [1]

Dunera (1891)

Dunera
Dunera built in 1891 by A & J Inglis, Glasgow. Tonnage: 5,420g, 3,507n, 6,560dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,328 I.H.P., 14 Knots. Launched 12th March 1891, Completed 20th May 1891, Yard No 215. [1]

Dunera (1937)

Dunera
Dunera built in 1937 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 11,161g, 6,634n, 3,819dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 5 Cylinder Doxfords by Builder, 11,880 B.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 15th May 1937, Completed 28th August 1937, Yard No 663. [1]

Edvana

Edvana
Edvana built in 1911 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 4,999g, 2,900n, 5,050dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 6,200 I.H.P.,17 Knots. Launched 14th February 1911, Completed 13th April 1911, Yard No 486. [1]

Ellora (1911)

Ellora
Ellora built in 1911 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Govan. Tonnage: 5,201g, 2,567n, 4,920dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 6,700 I.H.P., 16.5 Knots. Launched 11th May 1911, Completed 26th June 1911, Yard No 442. [1]

Ellora (1959)

Ellora
Ellora built in 1959 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend. Tonnage: 24,340g, 14,597n, 37,120dwt. Engine: 1 Set 2 Stage Pametrada Turbines, 16,000 S.H.P., 16 Knots. Launched 29th September 1958, Completed 9th July 1959, Yard No 1875. [1]

Garmula

Garmula
Garmula built in 1920 by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Hebburn. Tonnage: 5,254g, 3,234n, 8,110dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 3,000 I.H.P. 11 Knots. Launched 20th April 1920, Completed 1st June 1920, Yard No 898. [1]

Golconda

Golconda
Golconda built in 1888 by William Doxford & Sons,Sunderland. Tonnage: 6,037g, 3,960n, 6,000dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,360 I.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 8th February 1887, Completed September 1888, Yard No 166. [1]

'K' Class

K class
'K' Class built between 1915 to 1917 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson. Tonnage:Vary. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 6,800 I.H.P. 16 Knots. Launched first December 1914, last Completed 27th April 1917. [1]

Khandalla

Khandalla
Khandalla built in 1923 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle. Tonnage: 7,018g, 3,289n, 6,662dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Quadruple Expansion by Builder, 7,000 I.H.P., 16 Knots. Launched 16th February 1923, Completed 30th May 1923, Yard No 1124. [1]

Lunka

Lunka
Lunka built in 1905 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton. Tonnage: 2,171g, 943n, 1,420dwt. Engines: Triple Screw, 3 x Single Stage Turbines by Builder, 1,825 I.H.P. 17 Knots. Launched 29th October 1904, Completed 31st January 1905, Yard No 732. [1]

'M' Class

M Class
'M' Class ships built between 1913 to 1922 by Various Builders. Tonnage: Vary. Engines: Vary. Launched, first on 7th March 1913, last 14th February 1922. [1]

Madura

Madura
Madura built in 1921 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 8,975g, 5,464n, 11,080dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Brown Curtis Turbines by Builder, 4,320 B.H.P. 13 Knots. Launched 28th September 1921, Completed 26th November 1921, Yard No 585. [1]

Malda

Malda
Malda built in 1922 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 8,965g, 5,453n, 11081dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Brown Curtis Turbines by Builder, 4,320 B.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 28th December 1921, Completed 23rd March 1922, Yard No 588. [1]

Manora (1913)

Manora
Manora built in 1913 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 7,875g, 4,992n, 11,120dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,050 I.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 6th May 1913, Completed 24th June 1913, Yard No 502. [1]

Manora (1970)

Manora
Manora built in 1970 by Swan Hunter SB, Newcastle. Tonnage: 7,968g, 3,616n, 9,511dwt. Engine: 1 x 6 Cylinder Sulzer by Barclay Curle, Glasgow, 17,400 B.H.P., 19 Knots. Launched 9th March 1970, Completed 15th September 1970, Yard No 21. [1]

Mantola

Mantola
Mantola built in 1921 by Barclay, Curle Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 8,963, 5,453, 11,080dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Brown Curtis Turbines by Builder, 4,320 B.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 15th October 1921, 14th December 1921, Yard No 586. [1]

Mashobra

Mashobra
Mashobra built in 1920 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 7,288g, 5,117n, 10,660dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,050 I.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 14th July 1920, Completed October 1920, Yard No 577. [1]

Matiana

Matiana
Matiana built in 1922 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Glasgow. Tonnage: 8,965g, 5,454n, 11,080dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Parsons Turbines by Builder, 4,320 B.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 26th January 1922, Completed 28th April 1922, Yard No 587. [1]

Merkara

Merkara
Merkara built in 1914 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 8,228g, 5,198n, 10,670dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,050 I.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 7th September 1914, Completed 30th October 1914, Yard No 506. [1]

Modasa

Modasa
Modasa built in 1921 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Newcastle. Tonnage: 8,986g, 5,566n, 11,045dwt. Engine: Twin Screw, 2 x 2 Stage Metrovick Turbines by Builder 4,000 B.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 24th December 1920, Yard No 1104. [1]

Mulbera

Mulbera
Mulbera built in 1922 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Govan. Tonnage: 9,100g, 5,521n, 10,950dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x 3 Stage Parsons Turbines by Builder, 4,100 B.H.P., 13 Knots. Launched 12th February 1922, Completed 21st June 1922, Yard No 496. [1]

Muttra

Muttra
Muttra built in 1891 by James Laing, Sunderland. Tonnage: 4,644g, 2,985n, 6,430dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by George Clark Ltd, 2,200 I.H.P., 11 Knots. Launched for Beyts,Craig & Co 23rd May 1891, B.I; ownership 19th April 1893, Yard No 509. [1]

Nardana

Nardana
Nardana built in 1919 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 7,951g, 4,968n, 10,680dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 7,000 I.H.P., 14 Knots. Launched 12th August 1919, Completed 23rd September 1919 Yard No 565. [1]

Neuralia

Neuralia
Neuralia built in 1912 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd;, Glasgow. Tonnage: 9,082g, 5,656n, 9,920dwt. Engines:Twin Screw, 2 x Quadruple Expansion by Builder, 6,000 I.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 12th September 1912, Completed 18th November 1912, Yard No 497. [1]

Nevasa

Nevasa
Nevasa built in 1913 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage: 9,070g, 5,652, 9,920dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Quadruple Expansion by Builder, 6,000 I.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 26th December 1912, Completed 5th March 1913, Yard No 498. [1]

Nuddea

Nuddea
Nuddea built in 1883 by William Denny and Bros, Dumbarton. Tonnage: 2,964g,1,940n. Engine: Inverted 2 Cylinder by Denny & Co, 2250 I.H.P., 12 Knots. Launched 6th July 1883, Completed August 1883, Yard No 270. [1]

Palitana

Palitana
Palitana built in 1886 by A & J Inglis, Glasgow. Tonnage: 2,998g, 1,956n, 4,000dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 2,441 I.H.P., 12 Knots. Launched 21st January 1886, Completed 22nd October 1886, Yard No 193. [1]

Quiloa

Quiloa
Quiloa built in 1905 by William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. Tonnage: 7,697g, 4,942n, 12,093dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 11 Knots. Launched 20th July 1905, Completed August 1905, Yard No 341. [1]

Rajula

Rajula Rajula Rajula Rajula
Rajula built in 1926 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd., Glasgow. Tonnage/ 8,478g, 4,702n, 9,420dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 5,200 I.H.P., 14 Knots. Launched 22nd September 1926, Completed 26th November 1926, Yard No 614. [1]

Rewa

Rewa
Rewa built in 1906 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton. Tonnage: 7,267g, 3,979n, 6,960dwt. Engines: Triple Screw, 3 x Single Stage Parsons by Denny & Co, 9,344 S.H.P. 18 Knots. Launched 14th February 1906, Completed 7th June 1906, Yard No 762. [1]

Santhia

Santhia
Santhia built in 1901 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton. Tonnage: 5,151g, 3,322n, 8,139dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Denny & Co, Dumbarton. Launched 30th September 1901, Completed 7th November 1901, Yard No 648. [1]

Takada

Takada
Takada built in 1914 by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Govan. Tonnage: 6,949g, 4,223n, 8,650. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 5,200 I.H.P., 13.5 Knots. Launched 17th December 1913, Completed 17th March 1914.Yard No 457. [1]

Taroba

Taroba
Taroba built in 1888 by A & J Inglis, Glasgow. Tonnage: 4,938g, 3,234n, 5,460dwt. Engine: Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,500 I.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 31st January 1888, Completed 12th May 1888, Yard No 199. [1]

'V' Class

V Class
'V' Class built between 1914 to 1917 by Swan, Hunter & Alexander Stephens. Tonnage: Vary. Engines: Twin Screw, Triple Expansion by Builders. Launched first on 27th March 1914, last delivered 30th June 1917. [1]

Vita

Vita
Vita built in 1914 by Swan , Hunter & Wigham Richardson. Tonnage: 4,691g, 1,955n, 5,160dwt. Engines: Twin Screw, 2 x Triple Expansion by Builder, 4,700 I.H.P., 15 Knots. Launched 24th August 1914, Completed 17th October 1914. Yard No 934. [1]

Image Credits

  1. By courtesy of Richard Crow