Requisitioned Auxiliary – Gurna




Official No:                              141929

Builder:                                    Palmers Co Ltd., Jarrow

Launched:                               1919

Pennant No:                            B431

Into Service:                            1939

Out of service:                         June 1945

Fate:                                         1948 sold to be broken up


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of  ships requisitioned by the Admiralty in WW2 to augument the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

1919 Laid down as War Zebra

10 September 1919 launched by Palmers Co Ltd., Jarrow as Yard Nr: 896 named Gurna for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd., London

30 October 1919 completed

22 November 1919 sailed London for Bombay and Karachi

9 December 1919 arrived Port Said

14 December 1919 sailed Seccondee for Bombay

7 January 1920 arrived Karachi from Bombay

30 August 1920 sailed Calcutta

24 September 1920 arrived at Adelaide from Calcutta

22 July 1925 arrived Lyttleton when on passage to Hobart and Burnie

2 January 1928 arrived at Sourabaya

1939 requisitioned for Admiralty Service as a Mine Depot Ship – name unchanged, carrying 200 mines and served in the Mediterranean, then with the Eastern Fleet in the Indian Ocean and finally with the British Pacific Fleet Train – hence the B-Pennant Nr.

7 April 1941 sailed Aden in escorted convoy BN23 to suez arriving 13 April 1941

25 April 1945 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy MKS.97G to Liverpool arriving 3 May 1945
 with a cargo of Naval Stores

June 1945 returned to her owners

1948 sold to ship breakers for £13,000

29 November 1948 arrived Rosyth for demolition by Metal Industries Ltd.,

December 1948 demolition commenced