Lancashire

Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Bibby Line.

Specifications

9,542 gross tons, hp. 6,000
Length 482.3ft x beam 57.3ft, depth 35 ft. 10 ins.
One funnel
Four masts
Single screw
Speed 15 knots
Accommodation for 295-1st class passengers.
Built by Harland & Wolff, Belfast for the Bibby Line.
 

Her construction was delayed by the war, and she wasn't launched until Jan 1917. Immediately taken over under the Liner Requisition Scheme, she sailed in August from Birkenhead for Rangoon. In 1918 she repatriated French prisoners of war and Belgian refugees and in 1919 was used as a troopship between Antwerp / Plymouth and Australia and then UK - USA with returning troops.

In 1920 she was released to Bibby Line and refitted to passenger ship standards, converted from coal to oil fuel. Used on the UK - Far East passenger service and also for trooping work. In 1930 she was converted to a permanent troopship.

In Nov 1939 she carried the first contingent of the Indian Expeditionary Force from Bombay to Marseilles.

In June 1944 - acted as commodore ship for the Juno Beach D-Day landings.
Converted to a store and supply ship for the Pacific fleet in 1945.  Used at Hong Kong to restore power supplies after the war ended and then assisted with the repatriation of sick troops.

Reconditioned in 1946 into a peacetime troopship and mainmast removed. Trooped to India , Cyprus and the Far East.

She was replaced by the Oxfordshire in 1956 and scrapped at Barrow in Furness.

 

 

Verified Sailings to Singapore and the Far east

Outbound From Liverpool
 

4 Sep & 21 Nov 1947

12 Mar, 25 Jun & 1 Oct 1948

26 Jan, 4 May, 10 Aug & 18 Nov 1949

24 Feb & 8 Jun 1950

24 Aug & 29 Dec 1951

28 May & 22 Nov 1952

12 Mar & 27 Aug 1953

26 Feb, 2 Jun & 21 Sep 1954

25 Aug 1955

In bound to Liverpool from Singapore and the Far east

11 Sep 1948

8 May & 13 Aug 1950

26 Oct 1951

31 Jul 1952

2 Jul 1953