Requisitioned Auxiliary – Arleia



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Official No:                             133262

Builder:                         R Williamson & Son, Workington 

Launched:                    18 January 1915

Pennant No:                           Y 3.2162  /  Y 8.81

Into Service:                 1918

Out of service:              1919

Fate:                            1948 mined and sank


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:


18 January 1915 launched by R Williamson & Son, Workington as Yard Nr: 220 name ARLEIA for their own account

2 March 1915 completed

 30 March 1918 requistioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier – name unchanged

3 August 1918 became a collier – name unchanged

1919 returned to her owners – name unchanged

1923 purchased by Northwest Shipping Co Ltd., Workington – name unchanged

1929 purchased by Brunswick Steamship Co Ltd (Pollesfan & Co Ltd., Managers) Liverpool and renamed POLGLEN

1940 purchased by Charles Strubin & Co Ltd., Liverpool – name unchanged

15 May 1948 hit a mine and sank 14 miles ENE of Borkum, Netherlands while on passage from Hamburg to London with a cargo of pit props. All 14 of her crew were rescued by a Dutch ship