SS Mutlah

SS Mutlah was a 3,393-ton steamship built for the Nourse Line in about 1906 by Charles Connell & Company Limited, Glasgow, Scotland. She had triple expansion, 425-nhp (317-Kw) steam engines driving a single screw.

Name: SS Mutlah
  • Nourse Line (1907-1921)
  • Soc di Nav Latina (1921-1923)
  • Occidens Soc. Anon di Nav (1923)
Port of registry:
Launched: 1907
Fate: Disappeared 29 December 1923
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 3641 gross register tons
Length: 106.56 m (349 ft 7 in)
Beam: 13.41 m (44 ft0 in)
Draught: 5.91 m (19 ft 5 in)
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine 425 hp (317 kW), one shaft
Speed: 12 knots

Like other Nourse Line ships, she was primarily used for the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these voyages are as follows:

Destination Date of Arrival Number of Passengers Deaths During Voyage
Trinidad4 September1907 84411
Trinidad4 September 1908 4157
Suriname2 May 1909834 n/a
Trinidad29 August 1909832 8
Trinidad7 October 1910770 13
Trinidad25 January 1911842 9
Fiji22 May 1911834n/a
Fiji18 August 1911863n/a
Trinidad28 December 1911705 2
Suriname14 May 1912842 9
Trinidad14 October 1912445 1
Trinidad5 February 1913317 2
Suriname23 June 1913n/an/a
Trinidad26 November 1913209 0
Trinidad20 January 1914279 0
Fiji7 May 1915852n/a
Fiji1 August 1915812n/a

Mutlah caught fire at Naples, Italy, and sank on 24 March 1920.[1] She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.

In 1921 she was purchased by Soc di Nav Latina, Naples, Italy. In 1923 she was purchased by Occidens Soc. Anon di Nav, Genoa, Italy.[2]

On 29 December 1923 she was in the Mediterranean Sea west-southwest of Sardinia on a voyage from Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, to Antwerp, Belgium, with a cargo of grain when she sent a distress signal, reporting her position as 38°40′N 006°34′E. She then disappeared without trace. She is presumed to have foundered with the loss of all hands.[3]

See also


  1. "Casualty reports". The Times (42368). London. 25 March 1920. col D, p. 25.
  2. SS Mutlah (+1923)
  3. "Reinsurance rates". The Times (43549). London. 15 January 1924. col E, p. 18.
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