Requisitioned Auxiliary – Arca




Official Number:                        135147

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow

Launched:                                30 August 1912

Into Service:                             December 1917

Out of service:                          October 1918

Fate:                                       2 October 1918  torpedoed and sunk


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:



30 August 1912 launched by Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow as Yard Nr: 823 named ARCA for Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd., London

30 October 1912 off the River Tyne Sailor Peter Hughes discharged dead from drowning

December 1912 completed at a cost of £63,500

2 February 1913 at Voda Sailor Bakeru Bin Cader discharged dead having drowned

29 March 1915 at Walton Bay Boatswain Chem Chrong discharged dead from suffercation

4 April 1917 boarded by HMS PERTH at 12 31N 43.25E while sailing north and allowed to proceed

December 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service

6 January 1918 while on passage from Southampton to Devonport was torpedoed and damaged by UC-75 about 10 miles SW of Start Point but arrived at Devonport safely


2 October 1918 was torpedoed and sunk by U-118 in the Atlantic 40 miles WNW of Torry Island in position 55.45 N 07.35 W while on passage from Philadelphia to Portishead with a cargo of benzine with the loss of 52 lives. Ten are remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial, three are remembered with pride on the Chatham Naval Memorial while the remainder are remembered with pride on the Hong Kong Memorial