Requisitioned Auxiliary – Aire

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Official No:                            91308

Builder:                        Wm. Dobson & Co Ltd., Low Walker

Launched:                    1886

Pennant No:                          Y 8.16  /  Y 3.584

Into Service:                 8 August 1914

Out of service:              1918

Fate:                             1930 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:


1886 launched by Wm. Dobson & Co., Low Walker as Yard Nr: 14 named AIRE for Goole Steam Shipping Co., Goole

November 1886 completed

2 November 1887 while lying alongside the Railway Dock, Goole a fire broke out in the engine room causing over £1,000 worth of damage to the ship. The fire was extinguished by the local fire brigade and some ten police officers

24 February 1891 at the Humber while on passage from Goole to Ghent with a cargo of coal was in collision with the Steamer Gitana. The Gitana was alone found to blame for the collision.

11 August 1891 the collision listed above was before the Admiralty Division of the High Court, London before Mr Justice Jeune. Application was made for the damages and costs awarded against the owners of the Gitana be confirmed. The application was not granted

14 December 1896 at the Humber in collision with the Steamer Equity. Both ships received damage above the water line

1 January 1905 owners became Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co – name unchanged

8 December 1910 following a collision between the steamers Blackburn and Rook in the North Sea the crew of the Blackburn took to their boats. One boat under the command of the ship’s Chief Officer drifted away from the others and its occupants – eighteen of the Blackburn’s crew and seven passengers, were rescued by the Aire and landed at Yarmouth

8 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier at Rosyth and at Scapa Flow – name unchanged

6 March 1915 re-deployed as Collier – name unchanged

7 December 1915 re-deployed as Expeditionary Force Transport carrying cross Channel mails until 24 December 1915

25 December 1915 re-deployed again as a Collier until 29 June 1917

30 June 1917 re-deployed on the Potato service until 13 July 1917

14 July 1917 re-deployed again as a Collier on 28 January 1918

29 January 1918 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying Ammuntion empties between Le Harve and Blyth until 5 February 1918

6 February 1918 re-deployed again as a Collier

1 January 1922 owners became London & North Western Railway Co – name unchanged

16 June 1922 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

1 January 1923 owners became London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co – name unchanged

4 October 1930 towed to Hook for demolition