I was looking at some websites the other day and I came across a collection of ships that were used by the Australian government during World War 1 in particular as transports. Some were Royal Australian Navy ships (HMAS) but many were merchant vessels leased by the government (and bore the prefix HMAT – His Majesty’s Australian Transport).
HMAT Bulla caught my eye in particular, mainly because she was the first vessel I saw as I paged down the website in camouflage.
HMAT Bulla weighed 5,099 tons and had an average cruise speed of 10.5 knots. The Bulla was a prize, previously being German vessel called Hessen. Bulla was manned by Australian officers and crew and transferred to the Commonwealth Government Line on 15 April 1918.