History
German Empire
Name: Hessen
Owner: Norddeutscher Lloyd
Builder: Joh. C. Tecklenborg, Geestemunde
Launched: 1905
Out of service: 1914
Fate: Seized by Australia during World War I
Australia
Name: HMAT Bulla
Operator: Commonwealth Government Line
Acquired: 1914
Out of service: 1926
Identification: A45
Fate: Sold
Germany
Name: Weissesee
Operator: W. Schuchmann
Acquired: 1926
Out of service: 1943
Fate: Sunk by aircraft
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,099 GRT
Length: 124.8 m (409.45 ft)
Beam: 16.1 m (52.82 ft)
Installed power: Steamship
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)

HMAT Bulla was laid down as SS Hessen for the German Line Norddeutscher Lloyd in 1905.[1] It was seized by Australian forces on September 3, 1914, when it sailed into Melbourne, being unaware of the outbreak of World War I[2] and used as a troop transport during the First World War before being transferred to the Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers in 1918. It was sold in 1926 to W. Schuchmann, and again renamed as Weissesee[3]

Weissesee was bombed and sunk by aircraft at Hamburg, Germany, on 25 July 1943. The wreck was raised in 1949 and scrapped.[4]

References

  1. ^ "HMAT & HMNZT Transport Ships". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ Jose, Arthur (1928). Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, Volume IX. Canberra: Australian War Memorial. p. 543.
  3. ^ "The Commonwealth Government Line of Steamers". Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Weissesee (1139012)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 18 April 2015.