25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


H.M.T. Egra

The Egra was used in the transportation of 1/25th London troops to Mesopotamia, departing 19 Nov 1917 and arriving in Basra on the 24th. 
These troops had been seconded to the 1/9th Middlesex Regt for action in Mesopotamia in October 1917.

Named after Egra which is West of Balasore, South West Bengal.

For identification purposes Egra was the only 'E' Class not fitted with stockless anchors.

She entered service in August of 1911 and in September of 1914 trooped to Marseilles, she also attended the Basra Landings in the December of the same year and spent the remainder of the war as a Troop Transport. In 1922 she ran aground off Amoy but the remainder of her pre- Second War career was uneventful. She served as a Troop Transport from July 1940 to November of 1946 seeing service Karachi Basra April 1941, August 1941 Bombay- Port Swettenham. On the 26th of November 1943 she was in convoy with Rohna when the latter was sank by a glider bomb and in January of 1945 she was a Supply and Troop Transport for the Kyaukpyu Landings in Burma. Just before decommissioning she grounded in the Hooghly on the 27th of October 1946 and it wasn't until the 7th of November that she was refloated. She remained in service until January 1950 before being sold for scrap to the Steel Corporation of Bombay on the 1st of February at the time she was the longest serving ship in the BI Fleet.




HMT Egra on the Basra River pictured c.1917.

P&O fact sheet
* indicates entries changed during P&O Group service.
Type  Passenger/cargo liner
P&O Group service  1914-1950
P&O Group status  Owned by subsidiary company
Registered owners British India Steam Navigation Company Ltd
Builders  Workman, Clark & Co Ltd
Yard  Belfast
Country  UK
Yard number  307
Official number  129570
Call sign  HSTB
Classification society Lloyd’s Register
Gross tonnage  5,109 grt
Net tonnage 2,345 nrt
Deadweight  4,620 tons
Length  124.96m (410.0ft)
Breadth 16.09m (52.8ft)
Depth  7.52m (24.7ft)
Draught  7.101m (23.3ft)
Engines 2 triple expansion steam engines
Engine builders Workman, Clark & Co Ltd
Works  Belfast
Power  7,000 ihp
Propulsion Twin screw
Speed  16.6 knots (trials)
Passenger capacity  50 first class, 36 second class, 2,182 deck passengers
Employment Indian Ocean service (mainly Bay of Bengal or Singapore Straits)
14.03.1911: Launched.
01.06.1911: Registered as Egra for British India Steam Navigation Company at a cost of £104,344. She was the fourth ship of the E-class to be delivered with the other ships named Ellenga, Edavana, Elephanta, Ellora, Erinpura and Ekma.
12.06.1911:  Back at Belfast with bottom plates damaged.
08.1911:  Completed.
24.06.1914: Takeover of British India Steam Navigation Company by The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company agreed.
09.1914:  Served as an Indian Expeditionary Force transport and was part of the large convoy with left Bombay for Marseilles.
1914/1919:  Spent the remainder of the war in transport service.
11.05.1918:  Trooped from Karachi/Suez.
1922 Grounded off Amoy with minor damage.
07.1940/  Taken up on trooping duties for the Second World War and served
11.1946:  as a Personnel Ship. She was present at the Kyaukpyu landings.
26.11.1943:  Was sailing in consort with Rohna when the latter was sunk.
27.10.1946:  Grounded in the Hooghly.
07.11.1946:  Finally refloated from her grounding in the Hooghly.
01.02.1950:  Sold for Rs 313,000 to the Steel Corporation of Bombay. By this time she had clocked up the longest continuous BI service of any ship in the fleet, a record which was soon lost by a small margin to the Barala.

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