1942 - 1945. Australian gov't supply vessel, operated Australian / T.P.N.G. waters. The vessel was operated by the United States Army, The officers Britsh (CNCo.), the crew Australian and defensively equipped with a 12 pound gun on the stern and an Oerlikon gun on each wing of the bridge, with the U.S.Army gunners to operate the guns.
April 11th. 1943. While on a voyage to Oro Bay in TPNG carrying a cargo of ammunition,fuel and coal, the "Hanyang" and escort vessels, when about 12 miles from Oro Bay, were attacked by twelve Japanese dive bombers and some fighters. (In total there were 22 bombers and 72 fighters attacking the convoy.) The "Hanyang" was raked with machine gun and cannon fire, and two bombs pierced the deck exploding in the tween decks, one of which was in a coal bunker, causing moderate damage, staring several fires, and putting the steering gear out of action. Two crew members and one American, were killed and five injured during the attack. The ship safely discharged her cargo, the crew did a good job of repairs to the steering gear, and the ship departed under escort at 03.00hrs. on 18th. April for Townsville.
N.B. Oro Bay, now known as Dyke Ackland Bay, situated about 12 miles south of Buna, was an advanced landing place for The United States forces during WW2 in 1942-3.
Jan 1964, Sold to Hemisphere Shipping Co. Ltd.,(Controlled by the Peoples Republic of China)- Ocean Tramping Co. Hong Kong. managers. Renamed "Bidford".
May 25th. 1969. departed Kudamatsu for Whampoa to be broken up.