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HMAS Grantala

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Name  Grantala
Launched  1903
Acquired  7 August 1914
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Name  Grantala (1903–1915) Figuig (1915–1934)
Namesake  Grantala – Aboriginal word for Big
Operator  Adelaide Steamship Company (1903–1915) Red Funnel Shipping Co Ltd (1915–1920) Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (1920–1934)
Fate  Scrapped in Italy in 1934

HMAS Grantala was a hospital ship operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) during World War I. She was launched in 1903 by Armstrong Whitworth Company for the Adelaide Steamship Company. The ship operated in Australian waters from 1903, and was requisitioned by the RAN on 7 August 1914. She was returned to her owners in 1915, then was sold and renamed Figuig. The ship was scrapped in 1934.

Operational history

Built by Armstrong Whitworth Company at their shipyard in Newcastle upon Tyne for the Adelaide Steamship Company, Grantala was launched in 1903. She was used as a passenger steamship on the Australian coastal runs and was capable of carrying 225 passengers. She arrived in Sydney from London on 10 March 1904.

Grantala was requisitioned by the RAN on 7 August 1914, and became Australia's first hospital ship and the only RAN hospital ship of World War I. HMAS Grantala was fitted out at Cookatoo Island Dockyard and Garden Island Naval Base. The ship's conversion took just 17 days, and upon completion she had the capacity to carry 250 to 300 patients, who were tended to by a staff of 59. During her short RAN service, she supported the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force landing at Rabaul, which was later recognised with the battle honour "Rabaul 1914".

Grantala was returned to her owners in 1915, and was later sold to Red Funnell Shipping Company and renamed Figuig, before being sold to Compagnie Générale Transatlantique in 1920 and used on the passenger run between Marseilles and Algiers. She was sold for breaking up and was scrapped in Italy in 1934.


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