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PostSubject: PRETORIA Troopship During The Zulu War    PRETORIA Troopship During The Zulu War  EmptyFri Feb 04, 2011 12:20 am

"PRETORIA was built in 1878 by Wm. Denny & Bros. at Dumbarton with a tonnage of 3199grt, a length of 350ft, a beam of 39ft 6in and a service speed of 13.5 knots. Completed within six months of the keel laying and two months ahead of contract she cost £70,055 and was built for the mail service. In May 1879 she was used as a troopship during the Zulu War and following the defeat of the British at Isandhlwana carried the 91st Highland Regiment consisting of 942 men non-stop to Durban in a then record time of 24 days 8 hrs. Together with the Asiatic and the Moor she was present at Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee Spithead review in 1887. In 1888 she was equipped with a triple expansion engine and transferred to the Intermediate service. She was sold to The Quebec Steam Ship Company of Southampton, a Furness Withy company, in 1897 without a change of name. In 1902, following a fire, she was abandoned at sea but subsequently salvaged and repaired. Sold to Khedivial Mail & Graving Dock Steam Ship Co. in 1907 she was renamed Saidieh. On 1st June 1915 she was torpedoed by U-6 6 miles north east of the Elbow buoy in the English Channel with the loss of 8 lives."
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PostSubject: Re: PRETORIA Troopship During The Zulu War    PRETORIA Troopship During The Zulu War  EmptyFri Feb 04, 2011 8:42 am

Its there anyother information on this ship. Relating to the Zulu War
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PostSubject: Re: PRETORIA Troopship During The Zulu War    PRETORIA Troopship During The Zulu War  EmptyFri Feb 04, 2011 3:39 pm

Pretoria was not a Royal Navy Troopship

R.M.S. Pretoria services were offered to Her Majesty’s Government by the Union S.S. Line to help with the troop build-up in South Africa after Ishandlwana.

On February 20, 1879 she conveyed the 91st Highlanders to Natal. Among the other passengers were the following Naval Officers for Transport Service; Capt. G. O. Twiss, Lt. Caffin, Lt. Pelly and Paymaster Ramsey. She arrived at Durban 16th March. The trip was made in record time.

From “The Graphic” March 1, 1879:
“More than 350 feet long and 40 feet broad, 3,199 tons, and 500 horse power, the ‘Pretoria’ is a swift –going steamer of the newest type. In eight days she was converted into a troop-ship for the reception of the 91st (Princess Louise’s) Argyllshire Highlanders. She is expected to make the run to Durban in about twenty three days, with about 1,200 souls on board, for, besides the troops, she took a number of private passengers for the Cape. The ‘Pretoria’ has been carefully fitted for the conveyance of troops, and, among other appliances, the ventilation has been diligently attended to – no small matter, as most of the voyage lies through hot latitudes. Prevision, too, has been made for debarkation at Durban – a more risky affair than the embarkation at Southampton. The troops will be stowed in large barges outside the bar, and then dragged two or three miles through the surf before they are actually landed.

The 91st were inspected by on the 18th February, at Aldershot, by H.R.H. the Commander-in-Chief. The regiment was in a very efficient state, and although about 400 volunteers had joined it during the preceding four days, every man appeared in the regimental uniform. The embarkation took place at Southampton on the following day. There were no colours flying or bands playing. All was silent, swift, and business-like, the operation lasting barely an hour. A few horses took almost as much time to haul on board as nearly a thousand men.”

There were sketches in the Illustrated papers of the day showing the 91st boarding the ship, and of the ship heading out to sea. Unfortunately I have neither.

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Union R.M.S. Pretoria, 3 199 tons, built 1878; shown here after alteration in 1888 - her engines were tripled, a hurricane deck added and her yards were removed.

The "Pretoria" had returned to England after her first voyage when news of Isandhlwana reached London. The vessel was immediately taken into dry-dock, where alterations were carried out so that she could carry troops. A new propeller was fitted, and coal and stores taken on board - all in the remarkably short space of nine days. On 20 February she set out for Natal, carrying the 91st Highlanders (Princess Louise's Argyllshire Highlanders), and making the run in the record time of 24 days 8 hours. The landing of the "Kilties" is said to have caused excitement among the Natal native population: the white men were now clearly sending their women to fight the Zulus.
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