ranpura

mick Wright
9th October 2005, 20:58
Any info or pics of Ranpura please


Mick Wright (Applause) (Applause)

fred henderson
9th October 2005, 22:05
Delivered by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn-on Tyne 23 March 1925 to P&O and employed by them on the Indian Mail Service. 16,585 GRT; 570 ft; Twin screw; Quadruple expansion steam engines, 15,000 IHP = 17 knots. Passengers: 310 first class, 280 second class. Crew: 380.
In December 1939 she was converted into an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Bought by the Admiralty in 1942 and rebuilt as a Heavy Repair Ship. Recommissioned in 1944 as HMS Ranpura. Scrapped at La Spezia in 1961.

Fred

KenLin39
10th October 2005, 17:14
Any info or pics of Ranpura please


Mick Wright (Applause) (Applause)
Hi, should tide you over, all I have on this one. Ken.

fred henderson
10th October 2005, 18:16
I have found a rather faded photo in my 1955 Janes Fighting Ship and have posted it in my Gallery

Fred

Ron Stringer
10th October 2005, 20:28
In the picture of the Ranpura as a mail steamer, what are the arrangements on the fo'c'sle? Are they awnings for pilgrims carried on deck, or what. Seems an odd place to put pilgrims, so I guess the real answer is otherwise.

Ron Stringer

fred henderson
11th October 2005, 16:20
I believe Ron, that the artist who painted the P&O publicity picture was working from plans of Ranpura rather than real life. For example, I cannot imagine that all of the overboard discharges would be working at the same time.
Up to the mid 20th Century it was common for owners to specify the supply of awnings to cover the forecastle, main accommodation and poop decks. This requirement was almost universally applied for ships using the Red Sea Ports. The supporting stanchions and ridge rope were usually shown on detailed General Arrangement Drawings. I have even seen them shown on a tramp steamer GA.
In actual service I suspect that forecastle awnings were rarely used, unless the ship was intending to spend a long time in port, or at anchor.

Fred

Ron Stringer
11th October 2005, 16:30
Thanks for that Fred. I hadn't thought of the painting having been done from drawings.

I spent time on the Indian Coast (including weeks swinging on the hook up at Chalna) and in the Gulf and did appreciate the benfits of awnings on the non-aircon ships at the time. I couldn't imagine what all those awnings would be for on the Ranpura. Light has now dawned! Thanks again.

Ron

mick Wright
12th October 2005, 19:19
Ken

Thanks for your pic of Ranpura can I be cheeky and ask if anyone has a pic of HMA Montclare.

Mick Wright

mick Wright
12th October 2005, 19:20
Sorry HMS Montclare

MW

jbryce
12th October 2005, 20:35
Hms Montclare

jbryce
12th October 2005, 20:45
HMS MONTCLARE submarine depot ship, with some of her charges

jbryce
12th October 2005, 20:46
Last one

mick Wright
13th October 2005, 00:20
jbryce

Thank you for the pics of HMS Montclare much appreciated.


Mick Wright