SS Camorta

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A and J Inglis No 160 SS Camorta (1880).jpg
Name: SS Camorta
Owner: British India Steam Navigation Company
Builder: Pointhouse yard of A. & J. Inglis, Glasgow
Yard number: 160
Launched: 16 November 1880
Fate: Sunk in the Irrawaddy Delta on 6 May 1902 with the loss of all 655 passengers and 82 crew
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2119 grt
Length: 285.2 feet
Beam: 35.2 feet
Draught: 24.1 feet
Installed power: 201 nhp
Propulsion: steam, compound engines
SS Camorta in a painting by Tom Robinson

SS Camorta was a steamship built at A. & J. Inglis in 1880 and owned by the British India Steam Navigation Company.[1]


She sank in the Irrawaddy Delta on 6 May 1902 with the loss of all 655 passengers and 82 crew.[2] [3] She was en route from Madras, India, to Rangoon, Burma, across the Bay of Bengal, when she was caught in a cyclone while crossing an area called the Baragua Flats, just off the Irrawaddy Delta. All of her passengers and 73 of her crew were Indians. She was reported missing when she failed to arrive at Rangoon on 13 May 1902. Other British India vessels were sent to search for her. Initially a lifeboat was found near the Krishna lightvessel.[4] The wreck was subsequently found by the SS Purnea on 4 June 1902 in fifteen fathoms (27 m) of water; her masts still stood six feet (2 m) above the water. The disaster was the fourth worst loss of life in the wreck of a British-registered civilian vessel (she was registered in Glasgow) in history after the RMS Titanic, RMS Lusitania and RMS Empress of Ireland.


  1. ^ Shipping Times: Built in 1880 - SS Camorta
  2. ^ "Shipping Disasters", The Times, 15 May 1902
  3. ^ "Shipping Disaster", The Times, 5 June 1902
  4. ^ SS Camorta

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