MS Sobieski

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MS Gruziya, former MS Sobieski in Helsinki
Name: MS Sobieski
Owner: Polish Ocena Lines
Operator: Gdynia America Line
Route: South America service
Builder: Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Wallsend.
Launched: 25 August 1938
Completed: 15 June 1939
Out of service: 1939 taken up as troopship
Identification: 1947 returned to civilian service
Fate: 1975 scrapped at La Spezia
Notes: 1950 sold to Russia renamed Gruziya
General characteristics
Tonnage: 11,030 BRT
Length: 155,8 m
Beam: 20,4 m
Draft: 8,3 m
Installed power: Engines by J. G. Kincaid & Co, Greenock
Propulsion: Twin screw
Speed: 17 knots
Capacity: 44 first-class, 250 third-class and 850 emigrants
Notes: [1]

M/S Sobieski was a Polish passenger ship built for the Polish Ocena Lines to replace the aging SS Kościuszko and SS Pulaski; a sister ship to the MS Chrobry. She was named in honour of the Polish king Jan III Sobieski.[2]

The ship was used as a troopship in Operation Ariel and the Battle of Dakar. She was also used in transport of the 18th Division of the British Army to defend Singapore. At the end of the war she was sent to bring home the remnants of that division's Cambridgeshire Regiment that had survived captivity at the hands of the Japanese in Malaya and Thailand. (3) She also returned former Changi POWs from Singapore sailing vi Cape Town and docking at Southampton during a dockworkers strike. Disgusted, dismayed ex-POWs were forced to unload their own baggage, such as it was.