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One of four sister passenger liners RAJPUTANA, RAWALPIN DI, RANCHI and RANPURA (note spelling with an N not an M) operated by the P. & O. Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London. Each could carry 600 passengers and operated on the Far East routes before the war.
RANPURA built by Hawthorn Leslie & Co., Newcastle, launched 13.9.24 completed 1925. Requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser 6th September 1939 and operated as a troop ship before being purchased from her owners in May 1943 and further converted to a Heavy Repair Ship at Portsmouth 1943-45. From 1947 to 49 she operated from Rosyth in Scotland, then between 1953-60 in the Mediterranean at Manoel Island. Malta. On June 2nd 1953 (Coronation Day) HMS Ranpura acting as a Submarine depot ship suffered a serious fire in her boiler room. Served as Heavy Repair Ship for the Eastern Mediterranean Fleet in 1955 during the Suez crisis She was relieved on station by HMS Ausonia and was taken out of service. She was broken up for scrap at La Spezia, Italy in 1961
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