Requisitioned Auxiliary – Bodwell


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Official Number:                       129172

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam

Launched:                               11 September 1901

Pendant No:                            Y3.158

Signal Letters:                         HSDT

Into Service:                            11 August 1914

Out of service:                         27 May 1917

Fate:                                        27 May 1917 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:


11 September 1901 launched by Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij, Amsterdam as Yard Nr: 40 named VOORBURG for N.V. Stoomvaart Maatschappij, Amsterdam.

October 1901 completed.

1911  sold to Franco-Ottoman Shipping Co Ltd, London and renamed BOLDWELL.

11 February 1911 register opened at London as Nr 17/1911 in the Register Book

28 April 1914 sailed from Antwerp bound for Montreal

1914  sold to Gulf Line Ltd, London name unchanged.

10 August 1914 requisitioned for service as a Collier.

24 September 1914  at Abrolhos Rocks supplied the Battleship HMS CANOPUS (N 29) (1897) with 346t of bunker coal


HMS Canopus



30 September 1914  at Abrolhos Rocks supplied HMS CANOPUS with 395t of bunker coal

10 October 1914 at Abrolhos Rocks supplied the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS ORAMA (M61) (12927/11) with 871t of bunker coal.

HMS Orama



1915 sold to Nielrose Steamship Co Ltd (Letricheuax & David, Managers), London name unchanged

3 March 1916 in dry dock at Barry

May 1916 sold to Byron Steamship Co Ltd., (M. Embiricos, Manager) London name unchanged.

7 June 1916 served as a Collier until ……

27 May 1917 torpedoed and sunk by UC-20 (Oblt. Hans Adalbert von der Lühe) in the Mediterranean 35 miles NE of Linosa Island in position 36°12 N 13°24 E on passage from the Tyne to Alexandria carrying coal with the loss of 3 lives.