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Hunslet

Hunslet was built at the yard of Wigham Richardson, Wallsend, and launched on the 28th March, 1898, under the name Tannenfels, for the Deutsche Dampfschiffahrts-Gesellschaft Hansa of Bremen, Germany, operating on the Hamburg to India route.

In the August of 1914, Tannenfels was at Batavia when World War I started, and she became a German naval auxilary attached to the Pacific Squadron. On the 14th September, Tannenfels was captured by the destroyer HMS Chelmer, in the Basilian Strait, in the Philippines. On the 8th October, she was renamed Basilian at Hong Kong, and operated as an Admiralty supply ship in the Pacific. In the year 1915, after the elimination of the German Pacific Squadron, Basilian returned to the United Kingdom, and in the December, she was renamed Hunslet by the Shipping Controller.

In January, 1917, Hunslet was managed by the White Star Line, and then later, her management was transferred to Union Castle.

In September, 1921, Hunslet was sold to the Woermann Line, and underwent yet another change of identity, becoming Waganda, serving on the joint Deutsche-Ost-Afrika-Woermann service to Africa, making her first sailing on 15th May, 1922.

On the 21st December, 1932, Waganda was sold for scrap at Hamburg, and broken-up in Germany.

 

N.B. Image source ShipsPhotos.de

 

 

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