Requisitioned Auxiliary – Argonauta




Official Number:                        124105

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Low Walker

Launched:                                5 November 1907

Into Service:                             September 1917

Out of service:                          1918

Fate:                                       October 1931  scrapped


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:


5 November 1907 launched by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Low Walker as Yard Nr: 801 named OBERON for Bear
Creek Oil & Shipping Co Ltd (C.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, Managers) Liverpool

December 1907 completed

12 August 1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler – name unchanged

13 October 1916 at sea at 59°04N 08°50W while on passage to New York via Kirkwall in ballast stopped by HMS AVENGER and allowed to proceed

AMC HMS Avenger



3 April 1917 torpedoed and damaged by German Submarine UC-22 in the Mediterranean which was driven off by accurate gunfire and she was towed to Malta for repairs.

September 1917 purchased by Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London, was renamed ARGONAUTA

18 April 1918 sailed Dakar in a convoy with six other vessels to Milford Haven. The convoy was escorted by HMS MACEDONIA

1918 returned to her owners, name unchanged

22 August 1919 arrived at Bombay from Sabine

17 July 1920 arrived at Suez from Singapore

2 August 1920 arrived at Portishead from Singapore

14 August 1920 sailed Liverpool for Beaumont

15 November 1920 arrived at Suez from Abadan

26 February 1923 berthed at Singapore

9 March 1923 in dry dock at Kings Dock, Kepple Harbour, Singapore

3 June 1927 in dry dock at Sheers Wharf, Panjong Pagar, Singapore

6 February 1926 berthed at Port Adelaide from Tarakan to discharge her cargo

13 November 1928 in dry dock at Kings Dock, Kepple Harbour, Singapore

20 December 1930 sailed Sydney, NSW for Balik Papan

24 January 1931 berthed at Sydney, NSW from Tarakan

28 January 1931 sailed Melbourne for Balik Papan

26 October 1931 arrived Osaka, Japan for demolition