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25th May 1947 with Monarch Of Bermuda ablaze in Palmers, Hebburn dry-dock. Gutted by fire at Palmers Shipyard, Hebburn whilst refitting after trooping service. Monarch of Bermuda was declared a total loss and supposedly sold for scrap.
The UK Ministry of Transport reappraised the wreck, purchased her, and then had her rebuilt as an emigrant ship. She was moved under her own power to Southampton and then she was rebuilt by J.I. Thornycroft & Co Ltd.
In the rebuilding, her three funnels were replaced by a single one, and the mainmast by a peculiar looking, bipod mast/funnel arrangement forward of the funnel. She was renamed New Australia with Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Ltd. the managers.
09/1958: Whilst acting as a troop ship she was in collision with a tanker in the Torres Strait. Damage to both vessels was not severe.
1958: She was rebuilt and modernized by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg
She was now 20,259 tons, and her forepeak, which was damaged in the recent collision, was extended to provide a curved stem, and she was lengthened to 590 feet. Her foremast was replaced by two king-posts. She was sold in 1958 to Ormos Shipping Co. Ltd., London. Sold again in to Arcadia SS Co., Andros and renamed Arkadia. She was built in 1931 by Vickers Armstrong, High Walker for Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd., Bermuda.
18/12/1966: Broken up at Valencia, Spain
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