Karanja 1930 HMS - Landing Ship Infantry
Landing Ship Infantry (L) - F.128
Launched by Alexander Stephen & Sons Glasgow, Yard No 530, on 18/12/1930 as a Passenger Liner for the British India Steam Navigation Company London. Launch delayed 9 days because of fog. 12/11/1942 bombed and sank at Bougie
486ft 6in oa x 64ft 3in x 26ft 10in
twin screws, two sets of three-stage Parsons steam turbines, 12000shp, giving 18.5 knots
1 x 6in, 1 x 12pdr, and 12 x 20mm AA guns (12 x 1)
1500 troops with 24 assorted landing craft.
1940 Troopship, part of the Liner Division.
24/7/1941: Commissioned as a Landing Ship Infantry (Large)
28/4/1942: Sailed from Durban for the Madagascar landings.
26/10/1942: Left the Clyde for the North African landings.
8/11/1942 arrived in the morning at Applewhite beach, about 20 miles west of Algiers, and put her troops ashore
11/11/1942 arrived at “Duff White Beach”, near Cape Aoka, put her troops ashore and then her LCs ferried Cathay's assault troops ashore. She then entered the bay of Bougie and anchored with the others at 10 o'clock. The Germans made numerous air attacks during the night and at 0540 hrs she was hit by two bombs from Ju 88s and caught fire. The crew abandoned ship and she sank
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