Sontay

Originally named BAYERN the ship had been built and completed by Bremer Vulkan at Vegesack in 1921 for the Hamburg America Line, for whom she did one voyage to New York and then switched to the Far East Service.

In 1936 she was acquired by an affiliate of the French Messageries Maritimes to carry Foreign Legion troops to Indo China as stated, and re-named SONTAY [after an MSL liner famously torpedoed during WWI, in 1917].

As such she had fallen under Vichy French control and was boarded and captured by the British en route from Tamatave to Dakar in West Africa on Feb. 25, 1941, becoming a British trooper managed by Union Castle.

1946 UC Management ended

Master

From

To

D Horwood

3/1941

1/1942

H L Colwill

1/1944

2/1944

J H Trayner

2/1944

3/1946

Vessel

Built

Tonnage

Official No

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type

HP

Screws

Sontay

1921

8917

168326

Bremer Vulkan

Vegesack

Bremer Vulkan

Vegesack

Triple Expansion Steam

3700 IHP

1

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