SS Vadala

The SS Vadala was a 3,334-long-ton (3,388 t) Steamship with a length of 340 feet (100 m), breadth of 43.1 feet (13.1 m), and draught of 26 feet (7.9 m). She was built by William Denny and Company, Dumbarton, for the British-India Steam Navigation Company (B.I.S.N.) in 1890. She had quadruple expansion, 315 nhp, steam engines. She was one of the early B.I.S.N. ships to use telemotor steering gear.

SS Vadala
Name: Vadala (1890–1913)Kenkon Maru No. 12 (1913–)
Builder: William Denny and Company
Launched: 1890
Fate: Sank 1928
General characteristics
Type: Steamship
Tonnage: 3,334 long tons (3,388 t)
Length: 340 ft (100 m)
Beam: 43.1 ft (13.1 m)
Draught: 26 ft (7.9 m)
Installed power:
  • Quadruple-expansion steam engines
  • 315 hp (235 kW)
Sail plan: Schooner

Vadala was a passenger cargo vessel, also used for the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. On 26 March 1895 she arrived in Fiji with 747 indentured Indian labourers on board. During the trip, the ship rolled violently and the Surgeon-Superintendent complained about his patients being thrown about below deck.

In 1913 she was sold to Inui Gomei Kaisha of Japan and renamed, Kenkon Maru No. 12. On 30 May 1928 she sank after collision with the Chinese ship SS Hwachan about 140 miles (120 nmi; 230 km) east-south-east of Tsingtao.

See also

  • "British India Steam Navigation Company". The Fleets. The Ships List. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  • "BI Fleet list 1890-1899". BIShip. Retrieved 13 September 2013.


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