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Photos of the S.S. River Clyde.

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Forum Name: Support Vessels
Forum Description: Photographs of Support Vessels (Transports,Hospital Ships etc) which supported operations during the campaign.
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Topic: Photos of the S.S. River Clyde.
Posted By: Mal Murray
Subject: Photos of the S.S. River Clyde.
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 17:12
This photo of the River Clyde was taken some time after the landings. Notethe bottom right corner of the photo "Official British Photograph".
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Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 17:16

Sedd-el-Bahr fort and village seen from the SS River Clyde, 25 April 1915, during the landing at Cape Helles. The lighter in the foreground contains dead from the Royal Munster Fusiliers and The Hampshire Regiment who were killed while attempting to get ashore. -,itp:photo -

Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 17:19

The Australian 2nd Infantry Brigade disembarking alongside the SS River Clyde at V Beach, Cape Helles on 6 May 1915, prior to their involvement in the Second Battle of Krithia. It was intended to paint the hull of the River Clyde yellow as camouflage but the photo shows the painting was incomplete before the landings of 25 April.">File:River Clyde May 6 1915.jpg -

Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 16:53
The following photograph is attributed as "the River Clyde approaching V Beach. It is recorded as No. SP 452 from the - Imperial War Museum Collections -">File:SS River Clyde approaching V Beach.jpg

Posted By: Rob L.
Date Posted: 05 Feb 2013 at 17:46
Does anyone have any plans for the SS River Clyde, or just good drawings etc? Don't need to be fantastic quality, looking at making a model of her, or converting an existing one that is close enough

Posted By: momsirish
Date Posted: 24 Sep 2013 at 22:28
Hello Robert L.  Making a model of the River Clyde sounds like a fun and interesting thing to do.   Just off the top of my head; I think I recall the the River Clyde was originally a White Star Lines ship.  That may be a good place to start for information and schematics.  She had another name while working for White Star, but that is something that can be found on the internet.   The painting of her lower  half yellow sounds like a good idea in the context that she was to be grounded around 5:30 AM on the 25th with the Sun behind her?   I would think that the white skirting on the ship's rail might have been planned to be in a neutral color.    There are a couple of versions of how many (11 or 12) machine guns were on deck at the landing and there does not seem to be a concensus of where they were placed.    I think it  wold be very hard to make an accurate representation.  
Lots of luck and fun on your project.

Posted By: momsirish
Date Posted: 24 Sep 2013 at 22:34
Originally posted by Mal Murray Mal Murray wrote:

This photo of the River Clyde was taken some time after the landings. Notethe bottom right corner of the photo "Official British Photograph".
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Hey Mal
Thanks for posting the River Clyde photos next to the other troop trnsports used for the landings she looks hugh.  

Posted By: Mal Murray
Date Posted: 25 Sep 2013 at 15:41
I have been unable to locate any plans/chematics for the River Clyde. A couple of points, the colour scheme (or pattern) shown in the photos actually show an attempt to paint her in a camouflage pattern (I believe that they ran out of paint, so much so that only one side had the attempted camo job on it).
"The famous " Horse of Troy," the " River Clyde," lies near, and the thought of spending the coming
night on her lowest deck is not attractive. She is painted khaki on one side I see, but only in patches the idea evidently is to make her resemble a sandstone rock - all very ingenious no doubt, but she will make a good target in spite of her paint."
The incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde" (1920)
With regards to the number of machine guns (11 or 12), Lt. Commander Josiah Wedgewood (3 Armoured Car Squadron, R.N.A.S.) stated that he had eleven and also stated the following;
"Our mechanics built casemates, armed her with maxim guns, and lined her bridges with boiler plate and leaky sand-bags."
Commander Unwin V.C. stated after the war that there were twelve machine guns and George Davidison a M.O. with the 29th Division who said;
We had twelve machine-guns on board that memorable day, the one in the bow being managed by the son of the Earl of Leicester. This gun was said to have done brilliant work. A large pile of empty cartridges still lies where the gun was posted, and I carried away a few of these as the only memento I possess of April 25, barring the memory of a hellish day and night."
The incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde" (1920)

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