British ship 'Rajula' of 1926
London-registered passenger/cargo ship "Rajula" (8,496 tons gross, completed November 1926 by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Glasgow) arriving at Penang in May 1971. As delivered she was certified to carry a total of 5,265 passengers (5,113 of them unberthed) but by the time of this photo the number was down to 1,899 (including 426 bunked & 1,301 unberthed). Apart from war service she spent her whole life with B.I. on the Madras-Straits service (the last 2 years being under the management of P&O; General Cargo Division). In October 1973 she was sold to the Shipping Corporation of India, renamed "Rangat" & placed on their Andaman & Nicobar Islands service but was laid up only 7 month later & 3 months after that (August 1974) was sold to Bombay shipbreakers.
Picture added on 24 September 2013 at 09:04