|Owner:||Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company|
|Builder:||Caird & Co, Greenock|
|Launched:||15 April 1896|
|Completed:||3 September 1896|
|Fate:||Sunk by German submarine SM U-22 on 8 August 1915|
|Length:||499 ft 11 in (152.37 m)|
|Beam:||54 ft 4 in (16.56 m)|
|Draught:||26 ft 9 in (8.15 m)|
1 × propeller shaft|
1 × three-cylinder triple-expansion steam engine
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h)|
Either 17 First Class and 152 Second Class passengers|
Or 2500 troops
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.