Requisitioned Auxiliary – Abigail

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Official No:                           125144

Builder:                        Ropner & son, Stockton on Tees

Launched:                    16 January 1908

Into Service:                 January 1941

Out of service:              1943

Fate:                           1953 reported broken up



Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA


Career Data:


16 January 1908 launched by Ropner & Son, Stockton on Tees as Yard Nr: 443 named Hopper No: 4 for Tees Conservancy Commissioners, Middlesbrough

February 1908 completed as a Hopper Barge

9 July 1928 arrived at West Hartlepool

13 May 1930 in dry dock at Wm Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool

24 October 1935 in refit at John Crown & Sons, Sunderland

January 1941 requisitioned for Admiralty service, converted into a Salvage Vessel and renamed ABIGAIL

1943 returned to her owners – name unchanged

1947 purchsed by N V Aannemersbedrifj v/h FirmaT. Den Breejen van den Bout, Aerdenhout, Netherlands and renamed ESPERANZA

1953 reported broken up – details unknown