|Builders:|| Harland & Wolff, Belfast. Yard No: 507
22,071 GRT; 199.8 x 23.9 m / 656 x 78.4 ft;
|Engine, Propeller, Speed:||
Burmeister & Wain Diesel, H & W;
16, max 17 kn;
|Passengers:||410 1st class, 232 2nd class, 768 3rd class|
|1925 - Jul 7||Launched|
|1926 - Jan 12||Completed|
1926 - Feb 27
|Maiden Voyage, Southampton - La Plata|
|1934||Converted to turbine propulsion by Harland & Wolff. Geared turbines
with 20,000 SHP for 18, max 19
knots. Forepart lengthened. Length overall 203.0 m / 666 ft. Taller funnels. 22,048 GRT.
|Passengers:||330 1st class, 220 2nd class, 768 3rd class|
|1934 - Sep||Trials after refit.|
|1939 - Oct||
Requisitioned by the Government as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Fitted out as troop transport.
Forward funnel removed. Most of her patrols were in the South Atlantic.
1943 - Jul 25
The Asturius was torpedoed and badly damaged by the Italian submarine 'Cagni' in the South Atlantic.
The unmanoeuvrable ship was towed to Freetown by the Dutch tug 'Zwarte Zee' and laid up there.
|1945 - Feb||
Having been written off as a total loss, the Asturias was bought by the British Admiralty and towed to
Gibraltar, and later to Belfast, for repairs.
|1946 - Sep 14||Departed Belfast as a Civilian Transport.|
|1946||First voyage in emigrant service Southampton-Sydney.|
1949 - information from on-
Length: 665 ft, 11 ins. Breadth 81 ft. Gross Tonnage 22444-78. Horsepower 24,000. Signal Letters GLQS
Speed 29 knots.
Oil fuel 4284-5 tons at 38 cubic feet. Diesel Oil 337-5 tons. Fresh water 1862 tons. Cargo 2619 tons at
40 cubic feet. Passengers: Grade A 1162, Grade C 544. Dining Saloons 3 - 1,047 in one sitting. Crew: 452
Entered service as a troop transport after fitting out at Belfast. 22,445 GRT. Managed for the Minister of
Transport by Royal Mail Lines.
Ship Details ("Present Particulars") - Source British National Archives [Piece MT40/142]
|1957 - Sep 12||
"Released from sea transport service @ 1200 hrs 12 September 1957" (See 'Voyage and Repair Logs')
|1957 - Sep 14||Arrived at Faslane to be broken up.|