13,837 gross tons, length 549ft x beam 68.2ft (167.2m x 20.8m), one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 15 knots. There was accommodation for
12-1st and 738-3rd class passengers. Built by Vickers Ltd, Barrow, she was launched 4th Oct.1921 for the Commonwealth Government Line, Melbourne. On 28th Feb.1922 she sailed from London on her maiden voyage to Brisbane. In May 1928 she was sold to the White Star Line, re-registered in London and continued in the London - Australia service. In 1931 she was refitted to 14,198 gross tons with accommodation for 512-tourist class passengers and in Apr.1933 came under the ownership of Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line. In 1936 she was renamed ESPERANCE BAY to replace the original ship of that name which had been sold to Shaw Savill Line and renamed ARAWA. Fitted out as an Armed Merchant Cruiser at Brisbane in Sep.1939, she was operated by the Royal Australian Navy until 1941 when she became a troopship. She was utilised on South Africa, Middle East, India, North and South Atlantic trooping services and was refitted after the war to carry 290-tourist class passengers. She resumed London - Australia voyages in 1948 and continued until 1955. On 6th Jul.1955 she arrived at faslane for breaking up.
[Great Passenger Ships of the World by Arnold Kludas, vol.2]
[Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.17, Aberdeen & Copmmonwealth Line]
This ship was one of five sister ships, one of which was the famous JERVIS BAY which fought a duel with the German heavy cruiser ADMIRAL SCHEER and was sunk, allowing the rest of the convoy time to escape.