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    Posted: 24 Jan 2011 at 20:18

Derfflinger /SS HUNTSGREEN

This excellent little piece of information was researched by Mr. Martin Edwards and was displayed on his Roll of Honour Website.   http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Ships/HMTroopshipHuntsgreen.html

SS Huntsgreen was orginally a German ship called the DERFLINGER. She was a 9060 gross ton ship, length 463ft x beam 57.7ft, one funnel, two masts, twin screw, speed 14 knot. Accommodation for 104-1st, 104-2nd and 1,919-3rd class passengers. Built by F. Schichau, Danzig, she was launched on 9th Nov.1907 for North German Lloyd, Bremen and started her maiden voyage from Bremen to New York on 9th May 1908. After this voyage, she was used on the Bremen - Suez - Far East service until 1914 when she was captured by the British at Port Said. Renamed HUNTSGREEN and operated as a troopship, she was re-sold to NGL in 1923 and rebuilt to 9162 gross tons, with accommodation for 290-2nd and 521-3rd class passengers. She resumed Bremen - New York sailings on 20th Sep.1923, and later Bremen - Halifax - Galveston voyages. Her last Bremen - Halifax - Galveston sailing was on 3rd May 1928 and she subsequently returned to the Far East service until 1932 when she was scrapped at Bremerhaven.

While in British service know movements were:

1914

Deflinger seized by the British

1914-1923

She carried wounded from Gallipoli to Alexandria, and then troops back to Gallipoli.

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May

1915

Manchesters boarded the vessel which had only arrived in Alexandria a few hours before carrying over 500 casualties from the fighting.

17

July

1915

The Welch/Welsh Regiment embarked at Devonport under "sealed orders" sailing east to Alexandria aboard "SS Huntsgreen" The voyage east was uneventful, with the exception perhaps, of the list which developed as a result of being so hurriedly despatched as to allow no time for the cargo to be properly stowed. No shore leave in Alexandria was given and the ship proceeded to Port Said.

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August

1915

Sailed to Mudros

8

August

1917

Sailed from Alexandria to Salonika arring 13 August 1017

February

1921

Sailed for India on the arriving in Poona a month later in February 1921.

May

1922

Arrived Southampton

1923

Re-sold to North German Lloyd, Bremen

1932

Scrapped

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