Vienna (1929)

Vienna as a troop ship (c. G.Robinson)


1929 LNER
08/1941 The Admiralty - Royal Navy
1945 Ministry of Transport


Berths 444 1st and 104 2nd Class
As a post-war troopship, 1048 berths.


Harwich - Hoek van Holland
1932 - 1939 also operated summer cruises to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Vlissingen, Ghent, Zeebrugge and Rouen, her promenade deck being extended and extra lounge space installed for this purpose.
In July 1935 she represented the G.E.R. at the Jubilee Naval Review at Spithead.


John Brown & Co. Ltd., Clydebank (yard no. 527)
Launched 10/04/1929 Completed 06/1929


GRT: 4218grt

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


She was trooping between Southampton, Le Havre and Cherbourg between December 1939 and May 1940, then took part in the evacuations from both French ports and later with 2346 servicemen from Brest to Plymouth in mid-June. In July she moved to Swansea for an intended conversion to a fleet oiler (fuel carrier), conversion began in December but was discontinued after April 1941.  Instead, she was converted to a Depot Ship to support motor torpedo boats and as such was commissioned as HMS VIENNA in June 1942 and proceeded to North Africa and in 1943 to the Sicily landings, later based at Bari and Brindisi to support operations in the Adriatic. Returned to the U.K. in October 1944 and decommissioned from the navy, she reverted to trooping duties under the Ministry of Transport, Tilbury to Ostend before taking up her old route Harwich - Hoek van Holland. Although under LNER management, she remained under Government ownership and continued as a peacetime troopship until withdrawn and broken up at Ghent, arrived 4 September 1960.


Compiled by George Robinson.