Looking for information about SS Ranee

17th August 2007, 18:51
Dear forum members,

I'm a Grandson of a former POW of the 2nd Boer War.
In 1900 my Grandfather was deported as a POW from Africa to Colombo Ceylon onboard the SS Ranee. I wonder if there's any information of this ship left.

J. Dee
The Netherlands

K urgess
17th August 2007, 19:17
Welcome to the crew from East Yorskhire, England, jdee.
I'm sure it won't be long before you get some replies. Meanwhile try this link http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz/ and type in Ranee.

17th August 2007, 19:47
Greetings jdee and a warm welcome from the south of England. Thanks for signing on and enjoy the site. Bon voyage.

17th August 2007, 20:07
Hello and Welcome indeed.
Have you seen the following?







RANEE was built in 1881 by Ramage & Ferguson at Leith with a tonnage of 617grt, a length of 185ft, a beam of 27ft 1in and a service speed of 9 knots. She was built for the Sarawak & Singapore Steamship Co. who, in 1888, chartered her to Alfred Holt. In 1892 she was acquired by the East India Ocean Steam Ship Co. Seven years later, in 1899, she was transferred with the entire East India Ocean fleet to Norddeutscher Lloyd who initially renamed her Labuan but later reverted to Ranee. In 1900 she went to Siam but was later resold to Mrs Quah Seh Quan who renamed her Pin Seng. In 1907 she was transferred to the Eastern Shipping Co. of Penang when the company was formed, sold to un-named Chinese buyers without a change of name in 1921 and was broken up in 1923.

Best Wishes, Raymond

Dave Edge
18th August 2007, 00:36
J. Dee/Raymond,
Given the number of prisoners and the distance carried (the West Indies trip) a more likely "Ranee" might be the vessel completed in 1899 by Charles Connell for the Asiatic Steam Navigation Company. She was 5,660 grt, 420 x 51.2 x 29.5 feet. Sold to A. Th. Callinicos, Ithaca, in 1924 and renamed "Theodoros" she was broken up at Bilbao in 1932.

18th August 2007, 04:12
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the Voyage

18th August 2007, 10:35
Dear members,

Many thanks for your prompt reaction. I did not expect this ammount of information. Is there a chance of a picture of ss Ranee anywhere? I could'nt find it on the internet so far.

Kind regards,
Jaap Dee

18th August 2007, 10:47

Try www.photoship.co.uk

18th August 2007, 11:04
Found several Ranee's of which 3 are navy and one is a Bargue. As the late 1800'ds were the period of change from sail- to engine driven ships, this last Ranee might have been a combination of sail and a steam engine although this is not visible at the photo.

18th August 2007, 11:19
Looking thro several other outlets if I come up with anything I will post