Requisitioned Auxiliary – Anne

 RFA Anne




RFA Anne


Previous Name:                        Aenne Rickmers

Subsequent Name:                   Ithaki, Moldova, JaGrahat, 

Official No:                               139029

Builder:                                    Rickmers Akt. Ges, Bremerhaven

Launched:                               January 1915

Into Service:                            July 1915

Out of service:                          1920

Fate:                                       Broken up November 1958 at Hong Kong


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:

16 February 1911 launched by Rickmers Akt. Ges, Bremerhaven as Yard Nr 159 named AENNE RICKMERS for Rickmers Reismuhlen Rhederi & Schiffbau A.G, Bremerhaven

29 March 1911 completed

August 1914 interned at Port Said while on passage from Yokohama to Hamburg

17 October 1914 arrived at Alexandria

22 January 1915 the Prize Court at Alexandria ordered that the vessel be detained with restoration at the close of the war

January 1915 commissioned as a civilian manned Seaplane Carrier with French aircraft and pilots and British
observers under management of F.C. Strick & Co, London
5 August 1915 was renamed ANNE
15 August 1916 at Port Said
2 September 1916 at Suez Bay
18 September 1916 at Hassini Island supplied HIMS NORTHBROOK with one seaplane and stores. Flight Lieutenant
G W Henson Royal Navy and a Military Observer Lieutenant Millard 3rd Essex and seven ratings discharged to man
and maintain the seaplane
28 January 1917 at Suez received stores from HIMS NORTHBROOK
20 May 1917 Able Seaman Frederick Hanson Smith discharged dead – natural causes – he is buried in Port Said War
Memorial Cemetery in grave A18
Smith F
Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project 
January 1918 decommissioned as a Seaplane Carrier and became a collier with name unchanged
1920 purchased by Stavros N Vlassopulos, Ithaca, name unchanged
1923 renamed ITHAKI by her owners
4 November 1933 at Rosario grounded while fully loaded – refloated 7 November 1933
1939 owner became Capt S.N. Vlassopulos, Braila, Roumania and renamed MOLDOVA
after being sold and renamed MOLDOVA

1941 owners became Cia Ithaca de Vapores S.A, Panama name unchanged

17 September 1942 sailed Guantanamo in unescorted convoy GAT6 to Trinidad arriving 24 September 1942

2 November 1942 sailed Trinidad in unescorted convoy TAG18 to Guantanamo arriving 8 November 1942

1949 purchased by Wallem & Co, Panama name unchanged
1954 renamed JAGRAHAT by her owners
1955 renamed MOLDOVA by her owners
8 November 1958 arrived Hong Kong for demolition by Patt, Manfield & Co