Requisitioned Auxiliary – Aislaby




Source Richard Cox Collection


Official No:                             99135

Builder:                          J. Readhead & Sons, West Yard, South Shields

Launched:                      10 June 1891

Pennant No:                           Y 3.636

Into Service:                   29 April 1915

Out of service:                27 December 1916

Fate:                             27 December 1916 captured and scuttled


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:

10 June 1891 launched by J. Readhead & Sons, West Yard, South Shields, Newcastle-upon-Tyne as Yard Nr: 272 named ETHELGONDA for John H. Harrowing, Whitby

11June 1891 the Shields Daily Gazette reported –

11 6 1891 Shields Daily Gazette Ethelgonda

July 1891 completed

22 December 1891 sailed Barry for Genoa

23 July 1892 passed Ushant sailing east bound

29 July 1893 sailed Gibraltar for Antwerp

26 June 1896 passed Prawle Point when on passage from New Orleans to Rotterdam

4 June 1897 wrecked near Micoud, St Lucia on passage from Buenos Aires to Boston carrying wool

20 September 1897 was refloated and later sold

1898 sold to Charles Hill & Sons, Bristol name unchanged

1899 sold to A. Harrowing, Whitby and renamed AISLABY

1901 owners restyled as J.H. Harrowing, Whitby – name unchanged

1905 sold to Asolvesby Steamship Co Ltd (R. Harrowing & Co, Managers) Whitby – name unchanged

1911 sold to Wm. Coupland & Co, Newcastle – name unchanged

20 August 1914 was stopped and boarded in the North Atlantic by the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS MARMORA in position 44°28N 08°25W and was allowed to proceed

21 August 1914 was challenged in the North Atlantic by the 2nd Class Cruiser HMS VINDICTIVE in position 46°38N 07°01W





29 April 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier until 15 April 1916

6 October 1916 re-deployed as an Admiralty collier until …

27 December 1916 captured by German Submarine U-46 (Kptlt. Alfred Saalwächter) and scuttled with explosives in the Bay of  Biscay 10 miles off  Estaca Point, El Ferol in position 43°51N 07°28W when on passage from Lisbon to Bilbao in ballast. Her Master was taken prisoner



Another (German) source gives her loss position as 43°58N 07°30W