Dar es Salaam

From Naval History Archive
Jump to navigationJump to search
Dar es Salaam
Ensign of the Royal Navy animated.gif
CountryFlag of Tanganyika (1919-1961).png Tanganyika
AllegianceFlag United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.gif United Kingdom
BranchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Part ofEast Coast of Africa Station, (1915-1919).
Garrison/HQDar es Salaam, Tanganyika, East Africa.

Dar es Salaam was a Royal Navy and Royal Indian Marine base of operations during World War One located at the port of Dar es Salaam, Tanganyika, East Africa.


In the 19th century, Mzizima (Swahili for "healthy town") was a coastal fishing village on the periphery of Indian Ocean trade routes. In 1865 or 1866, Sultan Majid bin Said of Zanzibar began building a new city very close to Mzizima and named it Dar es Salaam.

The port of Dar es Salaam fell into decline after Majid's death in 1870, but was revived in 1887 when the German East Africa Company established a station there. The town's growth was facilitated by its role as the administrative and commercial centre of German East Africa and industrial expansion following the construction of the Central Railway Line in the early 1900s.

German East Africa was captured by the British during World War I and became the territory of Tanganyika, while Dar es Salaam remained the administrative and commercial centre. under British indirect rule until 1961 when it became independent as was renamed Tanzania.

In Command

Divisional Naval Transport Officer, Dar es Salaam (1918)

  1. Commander George Home Finnis, R.I.M., December, 1918.[1]


  1. Admiralty, British. (December 1918), The Navy List. Other Officers at Seaports. H.M.S.O. London. p. 1154.