Devonshire

She was built by Fairfield Shipbuilding of Glasgow – Yard 670. 11,275 GRT and accommodated 104 First, 90 Second Class and 1150 troops.

She was launched on December 20, 1938, and completed in July 1939. Like her sister she would undertake a cruise first, and then her maiden troop voyage departed from Southampton on August 11, 1939, sailing to India.

The Devonshire would spend most of the war years transporting Australian troops to the Far East, Africa, Middle East and the Mediterranean. In 1943 she took part in the Sicily campaign as Command Operations Ship and she carried troops for the Salerno landings. She also was used to carry troops to Juno Beach as part of the ‘D’ Day landings in June 1944.

She carried troops to the Far East and Korea but then in 1951 she was forced to send a “Mayday” signal when suddenly her engines failed totally during a massive gale whilst in the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully not long later, they managed to get power restored and the “Mayday” was cancelled.

In 1962, Devonshire was officially obtained by British India and she was given a refit to become a Scholars Cruise Ship and she was renamed MS Devonia. Having been refitted she now accommodated 190 passengers in cabins and 830 in her upgraded dormitories. Her new tonnage was registered at 12,795 GRT. She and began a new fulltime career as an educational cruise ship.

However, like her sister the Dunera which was also sold in 1967, the Devonia was sold to Italian breaker. She arrived at La Spezia on December 14, 1967, and was broken up in 1968.

Verified Sailings to Singapore and the Far east

Outbound From Liverpool

1947 - 5th  June

1948 - 13 Jan, 23 Apr & 16 Jul

1949 - 2 Feb & 27 Apr,

1950 -  24 Jan & 2 May

1951 - 1st Feb

1952 - 4 June & 22 Sept

1954 - 11 Feb, 8 Jul & 10 Nov

1955 - 1 Mar & 25 Aug

1956 - 18 Apr

1958 - 19 Nov

In bound to Liverpool from Singapore and the Far east

1948 - 2 Apr, 18 Sep & 23 Dec

1949 -  2 Apr,  27 Jun, 30 Sep & 30 Dec

1950 - 5 Apr,  15 Jul, & 10 Oct
1951 - 12 Jan & 4 Apr
1952 - 29 Apr

1954 - 7 May &  5 Oct
1955 -  5 Feb,  6 May & 30 Jul

1956 - 23 Jan & 14 Sep

1957 17 Nov & 15 Mar

1959 - 19 Jan