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Thanks for a fine photograph, good colour-photos of those ships are rare.
1939 Built as TORRENS (1) by Kockums Mekaniska Verkstads A/B, Malmö, yard no. 209, for Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Tønsberg, Norway. Launched 05/04, completed 31/05. Price paid were NOK 3.655.395,17.
From 1942 to 1946 she served as a troopship, operated on behalf of the United States War Shipping Administration by Barber Steamship Lines and the American West African Line. As a troopship she could carry up to 1,702 passengers. She became known as "The Ship of Good Cheer".
1966 Sold 03/06 to Dimitra Cia. Nav. S.A. (Michail A. Karageorgis, and latterly E.T. Kolintzas, manager), Piraeus, Greece. Renamed GEORGIOS M.
1970 Sold for scrapping to H. Si Chiao El Le Kou, Peking. Delivered 13/04 at Hsinkang to Chinese shipbreakers.
War history here: http://www.warsailors.com/singleships/torrens.html Regards, Stein.
 

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Torrens visited Geelong, Victoria, Australia in the 1950's, taking on bagged wheat, which in those days took about 14 days to complete. There was an article about her in the local newspaper which also referred to her as 'the Ship of Good Cheer', and I recall it was reported that she had rammed and sunk an enemy submarine at some time. However this isn't mentioned in the war history website.
When she sailed she made an early departure unassisted by the tug, which was still about a quarter of a mile away when she left her berth.
A magnificent ship.
Regards, Allan.
 

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