Built as ZEALANDIC for Shaw Savill & Albion. 1926 transferred to Aberdeen Line as MAMILIUS 1926, back to Shaw Savill as MAMARI 1933 [reported dates vary].
1939 sold to Admiralty and refitted as decoy version of aircraft carrier HMS HERMES.
4 June 1941 attacked by German aircraft near Cromer, hit wreck and ran aground. Wreck torpedoed by E-boats.
Back of a photograph from Peter Bibby mentions MAMARI in the River Blackwater (but quotes date 1930). Photograph LIL_AB1_039 shows vessel that matches the appearance of ZEALANDIC.
In Oyster Company ledger - names ship as MAMILIUS and owner/agent as Shaw Savill.
Arrived 4 May 1931 20 October 1932 [George Swieszkowski - Lloyds List]
Shields Daily News 16 Sep 1931 records her at Tollesbury since May.
Shields Daily News 10 Dec 1931 Shaw Savill & Albion MAMILIUS (is) at Tollesbury
Shields Daily News 27 Jan 1932 Shaw Savill & Albion MAMILIUS (is) at Tollesbury (laid up)
Shields Daily News 8 Sep 1932 Shaw Savill & Albion MAMILIUS (is) at Tollesbury
Shaw Savill & Albion
Above: Shaw Savill line vessel laid up in River Blackwater, before WW2.
Thought to be MAMILIUS, ex ZEALANDIC-1926, renamed MAMARI-1933. 10,898 tons gross, built 1911. Official No. 131389. Date: Before 1939. Source: Mersea Museum / Lil Clarke Collection