Photograph of ss Kyarra Australia

ss Kyarra
ss Kyarra

Custodian: University of Glasgow Archive Services

Reference: DC101/0352

Name: ss Kyarra

Built: William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, 1903

Owners: Australasian United Steam Navigation Company

Type: passenger; cargo; hospital ship from 1914, brought medical units to Egypt from Australia; troop ship from 1915

Status: sunk on a return voyage from Tilbury, England to Australia was torpedo off the Isle of Wight, 1918

The photograph is part of a collection of ship portraits dating from the 1880s taken by James Adamson, a photographer from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. His collection is one of the most comprehensive of sailing and steam ship photographs of the period. Most of the pictures were taken just after the ships were completed.