Built at H&W Belfast. Yard No. 849 for British and African Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. Original name ACHIMOTA, registered Liverpool.
2 X 8 cyl 4CSA engines. The first set of engines were lost on passage between Glasgow and Belfast causing considerable delay in delivery.
Passengers 236 1st class, 68 2nd class.
Launched 17th December 1929, completed trials September 1931.
Due to the collapse of the Kylsant empire, Elder Dempster (Parent Co. of B&A S.N. Co.) found it financially impossible to take up ownership. In September 1932 she was sold to Huddart Parker Ltd., Melbourne for £345,376 and renamed WANGANELLA.
I spent a few weeks on board her when she was a hostel ship in Deep Cove and the rumor was she would never be towed from her moorings as the empty beer cans thrown over the side would prevent it happening.
Those workers could certainly drink but there wasn't anything else to do except swat bloody big sandflies that frequent the area.