Amsterdam (1930)

Amsterdam during wartime (c. G.Robinson)


1930 LNER


Berths 444 1st and 104 2nd class


Harwich - Hoek van Holland


John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (yard no. 529)
Launched 30/01/1930 Completed 04/1930


GRT: 4220grt

Length: 350.7ft

Beam: 50.2ft

Engine builder

John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank


4 Brown-Curtis steam turbines SR geared to two shafts. 1520NHP. 21 knots.


Requisitioned as a troopship in September 1939, served mainly between Southampton, Cherbourg and Le Havre. In May/June 1940 took part in the evacuations from Cherbourg, Brest and St. Valery-en-Caux. Between 1941 and 1943 she was trooping between Aberdeen, Orkney and the Shetlands. In early 1944 she was converted at North Shields to a Landing Craft (Infantry), able to carry 420 troops and 6 landing craft, and landed American troops on Omaha Beach on 6 June 1944. She was then immediately withdrawn and converted at Glasgow into 'Hospital Carrier No.64', being back in Normandy in this role by July. Sunk by two mines on 7 August 1944 in 49.25N 00.34W shortly after leaving Juno Beach with 258 patients, total 419 on board of whom 323 were saved.


Compiled by George Robinson.