SS Nyanza (1907)

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Name: SS Nyanza
Namesake: Nyanza Province, southwest Kenya
Operator: Uganda Railway 1907–29; Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours 1929–48; East African Railways and Harbours Corporation after 1948;
Delship Ltd. ca. 2002[1]
Port of registry: East Africa Protectorate Kenya Kisumu
Builder: Bow, McLachlan & Co,[2] Paisley, Scotland
Yard number: 220[2]
Launched: 1907[2]

in service 2002;[2]

laid up as of 2007[3]
General characteristics
Type: Cargo ship[2]
Tonnage: 812 GRT[2]
Installed power: two 450 hp triple expansion engines supplied by Babcock & Wilcox boilers[1]
Propulsion: single screw[2]

SS Nyanza is a disused cargo ship on Lake Victoria in East Africa. She is one of at least six Clyde-built ships called Nyanza that were launched between 1867 and 1956.


Bow, McLachlan and Company of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland built SS Nyanza in 1907 for the Uganda Railway.[2] She was a "knock down" vessel; that is, she was bolted together in the shipyard at Paisley, all the parts marked with numbers, disassembled into many hundreds of parts and transported in kit form by sea to Kenya for reassembly.

Ownership of Nyanza passed from the Uganda Railway to its successors Kenya and Uganda Railways and Harbours in 1929 and the East African Railways and Harbours Corporation in 1948. In 2002 she was owned by a private company, Delship Ltd, that planned to convert her into a motor vessel.[1] As of 2007 Nyanza was still laid up at Kisumu, along with the slightly later SS Usoga from the same fleet.[3]

SS Nomadic[edit]

Nyanza '​s boilers and triple expansion engines are of a similar size to those originally installed in the White Star Line ship SS Nomadic, which was built in 1911 as a tender to RMS Olympic and RMS Titanic.[4] In 2008 the Nomadic Preservation Society launched an appeal for £200,000 to buy Nyanza '​s engines and boilers, ship them to the United Kingdom and install them in SS Nomadic.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Schoute, Erik (2002-04-04). "M.V. Nyanza". Anja en Erik's Home Page. Anja & Erik Schoute. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Cameron, Stuart; Asprey, David. "SS Nyanza". Clyde-built Ship Database. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b McCrow, Malcolm (2007). "Death of a Fleet at Kisumu". Memories of East Africa. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "7 September 2008". Nomadic Preservation Society. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 

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