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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello, I have been trying to find a little information regarding my grandfather. I remember as a child looking at photographs of him and his time in the navy? and have a copy of a picture of him in his blue serge and cap (HMS Ranpura) I've tried enclosing... any information or where to look would be much appreciated. I've tried ancestry with no luck...