HMAT A38 Ulysses
His Majesty's Australian Transport (HMAT) Ship A38 Ulysses weighed 14,499 tons with an average cruise speed of 14 knots or 25.92 kmph. It was owned by the China Mutual SN Co, London, and leased by the Commonwealth until 15 August 1917.
A fleet of transport ships was leased by the Australian government for the specific purpose of transporting the various AIF formations to their respective overseas destinations.
On the 27th of October 1915 Frank left Australia aboard the HMAT Ulysses destined for Egypt.
Launched in 1913, the Ulysses was the largest ship to serve as a troop carrier and not unexpectedly the one that carried the most passengers. She also sailed between Australian and England during the Second World War, again ferrying Australian troops and airmen to the front
Ulysses was torpedoed by an unknown German submarine in 1942 and sunk off Florida after apparently disobeying an order that would have led her through safer waters.
HMAT A73 Commonwealth
His Majesty's Australian Transport (HMAT) A73 Commonwealth weighed 6,616 tons with an average cruise speed of 14 knots or 25.92 kmph. It was owned by the P & O SN Co, London, and leased by the Commonwealth until 23 June 1917.
On the 26th of November 1915 Pat left Australia aboard the HMAT Commonwealth destined for Egypt