Requisitioned Auxiliary – Adenwen

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Official No:                           132879

Builder:                         Bartram & Sons Ltd., South Dock, Sunderland

Launched:                     12 December 1912

Pennant No:                          E 1260 / Y 2.168 / Y 3.1370

Into Service:                  19 September 1914

Out of service:               25 March 1917

Fate:                            25 March 1917 torpedoed and sunk


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


Career Data:

12 December 1912 launched by Bartram & Sons Ltd., South Dock, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 226 named Adenwen for W & C T Jones Steamships Co (W & C T Jones, Manager) Cardiff

January 1913 completed

10 April 1914 arrived at Port Said from Cardiff

19 September 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 17 September 1916

11 March 1915 torpedoed and damaged by the German submarine U-29 (Otto Weddinggen) in the English Channel 20 miles NW Casquets on passage from Rouen to Barry in ballast

18 September 1916 re-deployed as an Ammunition Carrier to Northern Russia for the Russian Government a/c until 12 December 1916

15 October 1916 was stopped and boarded by the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS VICTORIAN and after being cleared was allowed to proceed

13 December 1916 re-deployed as a Collier until 5 January 1917

6 January 1917 re-deployed as a Transport carrying sugar from Cuba until …

25 March 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC-65 (Otto Steinbrinbrinck) in St George’s Channel 6 miles SE x E North Arklow Light Vessel in position 52.36N 05.37W while on passage from Cienfuegos to Queenstown and Liverpool carring sugar and with the loss of ten lives