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  MV Noora (S-136)
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1,072 Tons
215' x 33' 1" x 13'

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AWM October 22, 1940

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AWM May 9, 1943

Ship History
Built by Blyth S. B. & D. D. Co. Ltd in Blyth, United Kingdom. Powered by a steel screw steamer engine, 3 x 135 nhp. Launched during 1924 as MV Noora. During February 1927, aquired by The Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd. and registered in Adelaide in Australia.

927 Feb.: Acquired by Adelaide Steamship Co., reg. Port Adelaide. 1956: Sold to Hong Kong and renamed and on delivery voyage towed SS Kindur.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, pressed into service as a U. S. Army small ship with code S-136.

On April 11, 1943 anchored in Oro Bay on the north coast of New Guinea. Attacked by Japanese D3A Val dive bombers escorted by A6M Zeros during Operation I-Go. This vessel suffered damage to the plates from 60kg bomb splinters. Also damaged were HMS Hanyang and HMAS Pirie.

Damaged, the vessel entered nearby Harvey Bay where it was anchored for several days and temporary repairs were made, including securing timbers to the side of the hull. Later, Noora proceeded to Sydney Harbor for further repairs including the replacement of the engine.

Postwar
At the end of the Pacific War, returned to the civilian owners. In 1956, sold to Hong Kong and during the delivery voyage towed by SS Kindur. Renamed by the new owners, name unknown.

Sinking History
On January 24, 1957 wrecked during a voyage from Amoy to Hong Kong.

References
U. S. Army Small Ships Association Inc. - Vernon Kite
Lloyd’s Register of Ships - HMS Anhui - Year of build 1925 Gross Tonnage 3,494 (1924–1929) [not available online]
Lloyd’s Register of Ships - Noora - Year of build 1924 Gross Tonnage 1,072 (1930–1945)
Passengers In History - Noora
Passengers In History - Noora (Steamship of Adelaide Steamship Co)

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January 10, 2018

 

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