Requisitioned Auxiliary – Airedale 1


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Official No:                               104826

Builder:                                     John  Priestman & Co Ltd., Southwick, Sunderland

Launched:                                26 November 1894

Pennant No:                             Y 3.167

Signal Letters:                          NQRT

Into Service:                              8 August 1914

Out of service:                          13 May 1917

Fate:                                           13 May 1917 foundered following a collision


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:


26 November 1894  launched by John  Priestman & Co Ltd., Southwick, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 53 named KLYRA for North Eastern Steam Navigation Co Ltd (J.H. Buck, Manager) London

1 December 1894 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …


1 12 1894 Lloyds List Klyra


24 December 1894  register opened at London as Nr 150/1894    

December 1894  completed

1897 sold to A. Laing, Sunderland and renamed AIREDALE

27 February 1897 re-registered at Sunderland as Nr: 2/1897

8 October 1897 arrived at Gravesend

11 October 1897 arrived at the River Tyne

1903  owners restyled as Weardale Steam Shipping Co Ltd (P.H. Laing, Manager) Sunderland.   

8 August 1914  requisitioned for service as a Collier until 23 August 1914

13 May 1917 foundered in the English Channel 10 miles off Cape d’Ailly following a collision with the Canadian-registered steamer RENVOYLE on passage from Rouen to Sunderland in ballast

23 May 1917 registry closed

15 June 1917 the tugs Advice and Assurance together with other vessels engaged in the salvage of the Airedale