Requisitioned Auxiliary – Kistna



Official Number:               147586

Laid down:                          

Builder:                               Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Low Walker

Pennant No:                       B542

Launched:                          21 December 1923

Into Service:                        1939

Out of service:                    1946

Fate:                                     October 1971 scrapped


Background Data:


One of a group of additional ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA


Career Data:

 21 December 1923 launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Low Walker as Yard Nr: 1152 named KISTNA for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd., London

19 March 1924 completed for her owners’ Singapore – Bangkok Feeder Service. Sister ship to KOLA

1939 requisitioned for Admiralty service – name unchanged. Initially as a cased petrol carrier and then finally as an Armament Stores Issuing Ship with the British Pacific Fleet – hence the B-Pennant Nr.

1946 returned to her owners – name unchanged

August 1951 purchased by Heap Eng Moh Steamship Co. Ltd., Singapore and renamed GIANG BEE

1958 purchased by Cathay Shipping Corp., Panama and renamed KIM HWA

1964 purchased by Transportes Maritimos de San Blas S.A., Panama and renamed ROMEO

1965 renamed SINOE by her owners

1966 renamed ROMEO by her owners

1966 purchased by King Line S.A., Panama and renamed KING HORSE

October 1971 reported broken up at Singapore by National Shipbreakers