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SS Indus (1904)
Career
Owner: Nourse Line
Builder: Charles Connell & Company Limited
Launched: 28 April 1904
Completed: May 1904
Fate: Sunk 1914
General characteristics
Type: steamship
Tonnage: 3,393 tons
Installed power: Triple expansion steam 425 hp (317 kW)
Propulsion: Single screw,

SS Indus was a 3,393-ton steamship launched on 28 April 1904. Delivered to the Nourse Line in May 1904, she was the shipping company's first steamship. She was built by Charles Connell & Company Limited, Glasgow and had single screw, triple expansion, 425 nhp engines.

Like other Nourse Line ships, she was primarily used for the transportation of Indian indentured labourers to the colonies. Details of some of these voyages are as follows:

Destination Date of Arrival Number of Passengers Deaths During Voyage
Trinidad 13 November 1904 634 2
Trinidad 15 January 1906 694 4
Trinidad 13 December 1906 740 17
Suriname 3 July 1907 n/a n/a
Suriname 4 November 1907 n/a n/a
Trinidad 12 August 1908 815 8
Suriname 5 December 1908 n/a n/a
Trinidad 27 July 1909 812 5
Trinidad 12 August 1908 815 8
British Guiana 1910 n/a n/a
Trinidad 8 October 1911 402 1
British Guiana 1912 n/a n/a
Trinidad 13 February 1912 352 2
Fiji 8 June 1912 804 n/a
Trinidad 12 September 1912 404 2
Trinidad 8 January 1913 326 2
Suriname 4 June 1914 n/a n/a

Indus was captured by SMS Emden on 10 September 1914, bound from Calcutta to Bombay for use as an Indian Expeditionary Force transport. Emden sank her by scuttling and gunfire at position 11°00′N 83°45′E / 11°N 83.75°E / 11; 83.75 after having taken onboard all her complement. Her crew were later transferred to the German collier Markomania.

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