Requisitioned Auxiliary – Abydos


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Official No:                           129065

Builder:                         C S Swan & Hunter, Wallsend, Newcastle

Launched:                     27 November 1890

Pennant No:                         Y 3.1009

Into Service:                 19 January 1916

Out of service:              1918

Fate:                           1924 broken up


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:

27 November 1890 launched by C S Swan & Hunter, Wallsend, Newcastle as Yard Nr: 155 named Adriana for Hamburg-Pacific, Damschiffs Linie (A Kirsten, Manager) Hamburg

December 1890 completed

1900 renamed Abydos by her owners

29 November 1901 sailed Guatemala

30 October 1902 passed St Vincent CV

1909 purchased by James Macintosh & Co., London – name unchanged

1911 purchased by Bombay & Africa Steam Navigation Co Ltd., (G B Somjee, Manager), Bombay

1915 purchased by Indian & Peninsular Steam Navigation Co Ltd., Bombay – name unchanged

19 January 1916 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Collier – name unchanged. No fees were paid for this as the ship was falling to pieces – until 24 January 1916

30 August 1916 served as an Indian Expeditionary Force floating workshop until 3 February 1917

22 December 1916 at Basrah

27 February 1917 she was stopped and boarded in the Red Sea area between Perim and the African shore by the sloop HMS CLIO

3 January 1918 in service of Director Royal Indian Marine with the carriage of pilgrim supplies

1924 purchased by Har Narain, Bombay – name unchanged

3rd quater 1924 broken up in Italy