SS India

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Name: SS India
Owner: Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Builder: Caird & Co, Greenock[1]
Yard number: 281
Launched: 15 April 1896[1]
Completed: 3 September 1896[1]
Homeport: Greenock
Fate: Sunk by German submarine SM U-22 on 8 August 1915
General characteristics
Type: ocean liner
Tonnage: 7,911 GRT[1]
Length: 499 ft 11 in (152.37 m)
Beam: 54 ft 4 in (16.56 m)
Draught: 26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)
Propulsion: 1 × propeller shaft[1]
1 × three-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h)
Capacity: Either 17 First Class and 152 Second Class passengers
Or 2500 troops

SS India was a steam passenger liner operated by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) between 1896 and 1915.

India was the first of five sister ships built for P&O, the others being the Persia, China, Egypt and Arabia. India was the largest ship built for P&O at the time.

She was launched on 15 April 1896 and entered service later that year, operating on P&O's route between Britain, India and Australia. In 1900 she became the first ship to use P&O's new harbour facilities at Fremantle. She initially remained in service with P&O after the outbreak of the First World War, and carried Admiral Doveton Sturdee from Gibraltar back to England after the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

She was hired by the Admiralty on 13 March 1915 and was used as an armed merchant cruiser, serving in the 10th Cruiser Squadron. On 8 August that year she stopped off Helligvaer, near Bodø, Norway, to investigate a suspected blockade runner, and was torpedoed by SM U-22. She sank with the loss of 10 officers and 150 ratings. The surviving 22 officers and 119 men were taken to Narvik.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 ""1105572" (India)" (subscription required). Miramar Ship Index. R.B. Haworth. Retrieved 3 July 2009.