Requisitioned Auxiliary – Avontown

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Official Number:                        111237

Laid down:

Builder:                                   A Rodger & Co, Port Glasgow

Launched:                               30 November 1899

Into Service:                            11 February 1916

Out of service:                         1919

Fate:                                      Broken up September 1963


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 November 1899 launched by A Rodger & Co, Port Glasgow as Yard Nr 345 named CITRINE for Wm Robertson & Co, Glasgow.

December 1899 completed

31 December 1899 sailed Ardrossan  for Savona

24 January 1900 at Almeria

20 February 1900 at Glasgow

24 February 1900 sailed Brest for Greenock

20 November 1900 sailed Hamburg for Cardiff

19 August 1902 arrived Grangemouth

23 November 1902 arrived Grangemouth

24 December 1902 sailed Grimsby

9 September 1903 arrived Grangemouth

20 July 1904 arrived Methil

16 March 1911 at Bordeaux, France Able Seaman Denis Boyce discharged dead from injuries sustained when falling overboard

6 April 1914 at Bordeaux, France Fireman James Lawther discharged dead as the result of an accident on board

30 July 1914 was berthed at Emden, Germany

12 February 1915 at Methil Donkeyman David Paton discharged dead from drowning

1915 purchased by Town Line (T.S. Harrison, Managers) London and renamed AVONTOWN

28 August 1915 arrived at Penarth Docks from Rouen

21 December 1915 sailed the River Tyne

8 January 1916 arrived at Methil from Dunkirk in ballast

11 February 1916 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an Ammunition Carrier, name unchanged

30 October 1918 Fireman John Johnstone MMR discharged dead. He is buried at the Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery Plot F grave 22




1919 returned to owners

1 June 1919 Captain Andrew Campbell Kane was the ship’s Master

20 June 1919 sailed the Sunderland

2 December 1919 passed Beachy Head sailing east when on passage to Hull

28 September 1920 at Antwerp Able Seaman Roderick Smith discharged dead from drowning

27 June 1922 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

18 September 1922 in collision with ss Begona No 1 when 7 miles off Cape Roca on passage Algiers for Brake with ore. The ss Begone No 1 sank

17 December 1922 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

13 June 1923 sailed Newfoundland for Barry Docks

22 July 1923 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

30 July 1923 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

30 May 1924 in the Exeter & Plymouth Gazette of this day a report of the Captain being prosecuted for smuggling was published –

Avontown Press cutting 29 May 1924

1925 purchased by Harrison & Dixon Ltd, London and renamed COPEMAN

25 July 1929 at Vancouver, Canada Fireman Hussein Mohamed discharged dead from natural causes

24 January 1930 sailed Colon, Republic of Panama but was forced to return when a leak was discovered in No 2 hold. The leak was brought under control. Reported in the Lloyds Casualty Reports and reported in The Times of 27 January 1930

1931 purchased by L.W.B. Hitchin, London and renamed POMARON

21 January 1938 captured by the Spanish Nationalist auxiliary cruiser Vicente Puchoi in the Straits of Gibraltar. The ship was confiscated and renamed CASTILLO BUTRON. At the time of her seizure she was sailing under the Estonian Flag and was reported as being owned by Strubin & Company of London 

1939 purchased by Cia Transmediterranea, Spain and renamed CASTILLO BUTRON

1944 purchased by Emp. Nacional Elcano, Cadiz name unchanged

1959 purchased by Cia Vasco-Cantabrica de Nav, Bilbao and renamed RIO JILOCA

September 1963 reported broken up at Santander, Spain