Gaika


This is a most comfortable boat, good bath rooms with hot salt water

GAIKA was built in 1897 by Harland & Wolff at Belfast with a tonnage of 6287grt, a length of 430ft, a beam of 52ft 2in and a service speed of 12.5 knots.

She returned to the Intermediate service in 1919.

On 22 April 1922 she briefly ran aground near Green Point Lighthouse, Cape Town.

In 1926, she was laid up in Southampton Water but did a trip to Mauritius in 1927. The vessel was laid up in East India Dock, London in 1928 but sailed to Savona, Italy in 1929 for scrapping.

Union Castle had a practice until 1939, of keeping at least two older vessels "in reserve" usually off Netley, Southampton Water with a skeleton crew and in reasonable readiness, due to a very strict mail contract.

Her career paralleled that of the Gascon with the exception that during the war years she remained defensively armed on the Africa service but under Government control, her accommodation being used mainly by Civil Servants.

30 July 1918 on Single Charter to the Australian Government departed Sydney as part of Convoy 41 with 421 AIF personnel as Army Pay Corps General Reinforcements (part), Medical Corps General Reinforcements, Sea Transport Staff No 5 Section (part), Dental Details plus Staff In Charge of Italian Reservists as 173 'Italian Draft Reservists'

6th August 1918 at Adelaide embarked a further 286 AIF personnel as Army Pay Corps General Reinforcements (part), Two Chaplains embarked Adelaide, Medical Corps General Reinforcements, Dental Details & Four Medical Officers (1 Colonel, 1 Lieutenant-Colonel & 2 Majors) plus 7 'Italian Draft'. All bound for England

Service in WW1

Service in The Boer War - 1899 to 1902

Regiment

Sailed

Arrived

Buffs (East Kent Regiment) - 2nd Battalion

22 December from Southampton

13 January at Cape Town

Oxfordshire Light Infantry - 1st Battalion

22 December from Southampton

13 January at Cape Town

Vessel

Built

Service

Tonnage

Gaika

1896

1896 Assisgned to The Intermediate Service

1913 Transferred to Royal East african Service

1914 Requisitioned for Trooping Service

1915 Transferred to The Cape Mail service

1917 Requisitioned and used on UK to Australia run

1919 Returned to The Intermediate Service

1916 Laid up

1929 Scrapped in Italy

6287

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

106908

Harland & Wolff

Belfast

Harland & Wolff

Belfast

2 x Steam 3 Cyl

350 NHP

2

Master

From

To

B Copp

2/1998

4/1898

T J Bremner

4/1989

11/1899

H Strong

12/1899

8/1904

J W Hague

11/1904

2/1905

C Clinock

2/1905

12/1905

F Whitehead

2/1906

10/1909

J George

9/1908

11/1908

J N Culverwell

10/1909

4/1912

B Burt

4/1912

9/1912

E A Sylvester

6/1912

7/1912

N R Neilson

9/1912

10/1912

A S Knight

12/1912

4/1916

H Linklater

11/1914

1/1915

D Samuel

5/1916

4/1918

N R Neilson

5/1918

3/1919

T M Lang

4/1919

12/1919

D Samuel

2/1920

6/1920

C R Jackson

9/1920

7/1922

G Owens

8/1922

12/1922

C R Jackson

1/1923

2/1923

E F Gilbert

2/1923

6/1923

R G Shilston

7/1923

6/1924

H H Piers

9/1924

12/1924

H Linklater

2/1925

8/1925

G J Whitfield

9/1925

4/1927

Laid up

4/1927

7/1927

C R Jackson

7/1927

11/1927

W S Colbourne

12/1927

3/1928

E S Vincent

4/1928

8/1928

A H Hutchings

10/1928

1/1929

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