MS Pilsudski built by CDRA Yard at Monfalcone, Italy for PTTO(became Gdynia-America Line), Poland & launched 12/34. 14,294GWT, Length 531ft & Beam 71ft. Diesel engines drove twin screws to give 18kn. In WW II she was to be converted to an Armed Merchant Cruiser but instead was converted to a Troop Transport. On her first wartime voyage on 26/11/39 sailing out of Newcastle, she struck a mine or was torpedoed.Abandonrd by her crew she sank off the Humber. Painting by Grzegorz Nawrocki.,
The Blue Funnel SS Asphalion, one of the Melampus class of steam turbine driven cargo ships, she was built at Greenock in Shown here leaving Gladstone docks on the River Mersey together with Rea Tugs,in a painting by Edgar Hodges.