Requisitioned Auxiliaries – Clearfield

 

 Clearfield

 

Official Number:                        125451 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay

Pennant No:                                      Y 7.36

Launched:                               24 November 1908

Into Service:                           7 September 1914

Out of service:                         24 October 1916

Fate:                                      Sunk 24 October 1916 

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

 

24 November 1908  launched by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay as Yard Nr: 170 named CLEARFIELD for Hunting & Son, Newcastle

27 November 1908 Lloyds List newspaper reported …

 

27 11 08 Lloyds List Clearfield

 

January 1909 completed

15 June 1909 passed Dunnett Head for New York

2 July 1909 sailed New York for Rouen

14 July 1909 passed Prawle Point sailing east

24 July 1909 arrived on the River Tyne from Rouen

1 August 1909 passed Sagres

21 September 1909 passed Nantucket when on passage from the River Tyne to New York

16 October 1909 arrived at Dartmouth from Bordeaux. Fireman James Foster was arrested by PC Causeley for being drunk. He appeared at Dartmouth Magistrates’ Court where he pleased Guilty and was fined 8sh 4d or 7 days imprisonment

17 October 1909 sailed Dartmouth for Kustendje

23 October 1909 the Dartmouth & South Hams Chronicle newspaper reported …

 

23 10 1909 Datrtmouth South Hams Clearfield

 

5 November 1909 sailed Kustendje for Cette

27 November 1909 arrived at Rouen

26 December 1909 cleared Constantinople for Rouen

5 January 1910 passed Gibraltar

6 January 1910 passed Peniche, Portugal

11 January 1910 passed Havre for Rouen. Arrived at Rouen from Batoum

15 January 1910 sailed Rouen for Dartmouth

18 January 1910 sailed Dartmouth

21 January 1910 passed Sagres

4 Fenruary 1910 sailed the Tyne for Batoum

16 February 1910 passed Gibraltar

17 October 1910 arrived Philadelphia from the River Tyne

21 December 1910 arrived at Savona

23 December 1910 sailed from Savona

4 February 1911 sailed for Batoum

24 February 1911 passed Gibraltar sailing east

7 April 1911 sailed New York for Savona

29 April 1911 sailed from Savona for Algiers

30 May 1911 sailed New York for Flushing

8 June 1911 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard when sailing east

14 June 1911 at the River Tyne from Rotterdam

11 July 1911 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard when sailing west

27 July 1911 arrived at the River Tyne

30 July 1911 sailed for Philadelphia

13 August 1911 arrived Philadelphia from the River Tyne

7 September 1911 at Sarona from Philadelphia

27 September 1911 arrived at New York from Savona

27 November 1911 sailed New York

7 January 1912 sailed New York for the River Tyne

19 February 1912 passed Gibraltar

5 June 1912 arrived London from Port Arthur, Texas

31 October 1912 at 22°33N 88°20W Bosun Jacob Rasmusen discharged dead – killed when he fell down a tank

3 December 1912 at Port Arthur, Texas

6 January 1913 arrived at Manchester from Puerto Mexico

25 January 1913 sailed London for Tuxpan

13 April 1913 at Beaumont Seaman Dimitri Filipinco discharged dead – natural causes

20 July 1913 sailed New York for Tuxpan

13 September 1913 arriven Thameshaven from Tuxpan

2 October 1913 sailed the River Tyne for Tuxpan

1914 owners became Hunting SS Co Ltd (Hunting & Son, Managers) Newcastle – name unchanged

31 July 1914 arrived Port Arthur, Texas

7 September 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler name unchanged

15 September 1914 the Dundee Evening Telegraph reported …

 

Clearfield Court Case

 

5 April 1915 at Queensferry HMS TB35 alongside being refuelled

9 April 1915 at Rosyth alongside HMS PRINCESS ROYAL to refuel her with 70 tons FFO

 

HMS Princess Royal

HMS PRINCESS ROYAL

 

31 October 1915 anchored at Folkstone Gate

2 November 1915 arrived at London from Puerto Mexico

24 October 1916 was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire from German submarine U-55 while on passage from Invergordon to Hampton Roads in ballast off the Flannan Islands, Outer Hebrides with the loss of all 36 of her crew