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    Posted: 31 Dec 2010 at 17:30

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                    Huntball,  Phorus

Class:                                           Kite Balloon ship

Pennant No:                                 4.17

Laid down:                             
Builder:                                          Laing, Deptford Yard
Launched:                                    25 September 1900

Into Service:                                 20 August1917

Out of service:                              1920
Fate:                                              Sold commercially


Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

11 March 1915 Hired as A Kite Ballon ship by the Admiralty - to be RN manned - at a time she was unloading a cargo of manure from Australia

23 March 1915 commissioned as HMS Manica

28 March 1915 sailed the UK for the Eastern Mediterranean

16 April 1915 arrived off Lemnos 

19 April 1915 spotters from Manica's ballon directed shelling onto a Turkish encampment

24 April 1915 spotters directed fire onto Gaba Tepe, where the Turkish Barracks were destroyed

12 August 1915 while supporting the landings at Suvla was torpedoed and missed by UB 8, the torpedo was fired from 500 yards and passed under the ship, two days later a similar attack also failed

10th March 1916 sailed Birkenhead for Zanzibar,  East Africa, carrying a small seaplane in addition to her kite balloon.

6 August 1916 Fireman H P Foy. MMR discharged dead. He is buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery

21 March 1917 Air Mechanic 1st Class J D Woolger RNAS discharged dead. He is buried in Dar es Salaam War Cemetery

13 May 1917 General Servant Edward Hewitt Buckley MMR 489728 discharged dead. Remembered with pride on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

August 1917 converted into a collier and renamed Huntball at Bombay

15 April 1918 purchased by the Admiralty and placed under commercial management.

1919 sold to Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd 

1920 renamed by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd as Phorus

3 July 1931 arrived Osaka to be broken up.

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