Wusueh

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Sister of the ship Wuhu III

Wusueh
ID /IMO No.1154058
Type Cargo/passenger.
Gross Registered Tonnage 3.009 grt. 1,731 nett.
Builder Taikoo D.& E.Co. Yard No. 253.
Delivery date 1931.
Hull Steel. clincher construction.
Decks 2.
Length 295 ft.
Width 46 ft. extreme beam 48ft.
Depth 21 ft. to upper deck.
Passengers Saloon 42, First class 36 in 4 berth cabins, Steerage 144.
Engine Builder Sulzer Bros. A.G., Ludwigshafen.
Engine Type Diesel, 2 stroke, single acting, type 8S35. (Blast injection)
Engine cylinders 2 engines each 8 cylinders.
Engine Power Total. 1,750 bhp.
Engine RPM 210.
Propulsion mode Twin screw.
Speed 10 kts.
Power Diesel.
Aspiration Natural.
Fuel Oil.
Generator 3 x Fiat
Generator power Each 42.5 KW.
Generator voltage 110V DC.
Propeller 2, right and left hand.
Propeller blades 4 per propeller
Propeller formation Solid.
Propeller material Bronze
Original owner China Navigation Co.

History

April 1941. Requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport and initially used for transporting troops on the Malayan Coast. Later in the autumn the vessel was transferred to Singapore where she was refitted for hospital service, complete with an operating room, wards, dispensary, and even a padded cell.

Dec.14th.1941. Avoided capture, during the height of a Japanese air raid, carrying more than 400 patients, and was so over loaded that some stretcher cases were accommodated on the bridge.

1942. Based in Calcutta as a hospital ship after conversion. The open decks were boarded up and converted into hospital wards. During the winter of 1942/3 the vessel was employed in Burmese and Indian waters transporting wounded servicemen. When British forces invaded Akyab the ship was used as a field hospital.

1946. Returned to CNCo. After being refurbished, employed on the Hong Kong - Canton/Macao ferry service.

1950. Sold to the British Admiralty, refitted at the R.N.Dockyard Hong Kong renamed "H.M.S. Ladybird". Employed as the Naval Headquarters and Communications vessel for the Commonwealth Blockading forces, permanently based at Sasebo in Kyushu.

1953. Returned to CNCo. and sold to Wing Tak, Kowloon, for breaking up.

Service

Built for the lower reaches of the Yangtse River, between Shanghai and Hankow. During the high-water season she was able to voyage as far up the river as Ichang.

Refer to "Wuhu III" for details of first and saloon class passengers.

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