SS Nyanza (1907)

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Name: SS Nyanza
Namesake: Nyanza Province, southwest Kenya
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: Passenger-cargo ship[2]
Tonnage: 812 GRT[2]
Installed power: two 450 hp triple expansion engines supplied by Babcock & Wilcox boilers[1]
Propulsion: twin-screw[2]

SS Nyanza is a disused passenger-cargo steamer on Lake Victoria in East Africa. She is one of seven Clyde-built ships called Nyanza that were launched between 1867 and 1956.[2]


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 constructed in the normal fashion at the shipyard in Paisley, then, after all her parts had been marked with identifying numbers, disassembled and transported by sea in kit form to Kenya for reassembly and fit-out.

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 2019, Nyanza was still laid up at Kisumu, along with fleetmate SS Usoga.[4]

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.[5] In 2008 the Nomadic Preservation Society launched an unsuccessful appeal for £200,000 to buy Nyanza's engines and boilers, ship them to the United Kingdom and install them in Nomadic.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Schoute, Erik (4 April 2002). "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 i "Nyanza". Clyde-built Ship Database. Caledonian Maritime Research Trust. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  3. ^ McCrow, Malcolm (2007). "Death of a Fleet at Kisumu". Memories of East Africa. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  4. ^ Onyango, Jacob (7 July 2019). "Uhuru quietly returns to lakeside city, inspects KSh 3 billion renovation works at Kisumu port". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b "7 September 2008". Nomadic Preservation Society. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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