Narkunda was built for P&O by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, launched on 25 April 1918, but not completed until 1920. Twin screws were powered by quadruple-expansion four-cylinder engines. Accommodation for 426 first-class and 247 second-class passengers. In 1927 the Narkunda was taken out of service for several months in order to undergo conversion from using coal to more economical oil fuel.
On 1 November 1942 the Narkunda embarked troops for a voyage to Algeria in convoy KMF.2. Soon after departing Bougie for the return journey the ship came under sustained bombardment from German Junkers Ju 88 aircraft. By 18:30 the ship had been abandoned and sank by the stern twelve minutes later.
|Dimensions||177.2 x 21.2 m (581.4 x 69.4 ft)|
Large sections of the hull remain intact and tower above the flat, sandy seabed. There are areas where it is possible to safely penetrate the wreck and explore the cavernous interiors but care needs to be taken not to stir up the thick layers of silt. The outline of the wreck has been distorted by the bomb damage and there are places where large hull plates lie flat across the wreck. Some of these still have portholes attached.