Requisitioned Auxiliary – Bernicia


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Official Number:                       129419

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith

Launched:                               9 October 1912

Pennant No:                            Y8 .36

Into Service:                            1 November 1914

Out of service:                         4 July 1916

Fate:                                      1916 captured 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:

9 October 1912 launched by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith as Yard Nr: 232 named BERNICIA for Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co Ltd., (James Currie & Co., Managers), Leith

November 1912 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel

21 July 1914 arrived at Leith from Archangel

1 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier – name unchanged

8 April 1915 at South Shields

19 May 1915 at Genoa

7 June 1915 at Algiers a donkey boiler exploded killing one and injurying four

17 to 19  September 1915 at Moot Hall, Newcastle a Board of Trade Inquiry into the explosion onboard the ship on 7 June 1915 was held – the Inquiry found the explosion occured through corrosion which had not been found at the survey at South Shields in the previous April

4 July 1916 returned to her owners – name unchanged

13 November 1916 captured and sunk by explosives by the German submarine UB38 in the English Channel 20 miles SSE of Beachy Head while on passage from Rouen to London in ballast – there were no casualties