Requisitioned Auxiliary – Brilliant






RFA Brilliant



Subsequent name:               Gamma

Official Number:                    114003

Builder:                                Scott and Sons Ltd., Bowling

Launched:                            12 December 1901

Fate:                                   27 August 1941 scuttled

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


12 December 1901 launched by  Scott and Sons Ltd, Bowling as Yard nr 150 named BRILLIANT for  Wm Robertson & Co, Glasgow

23 December 1901 the Lloyds List newspaper reported –


23 12 1901 Lloyds List Brilliant


December 1901 completed

28 September 1903 arrived Balitimore from the River Tyne

12 November 1912 sailed the River Tyne

17 January 1915  requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an Armament Stores Carrier, name unchanged

4 February 1916 Lieutenant John W Gillead RNR appointed as Commanding Officer

May 1916 became a transport

February 1919 returned to owners

30 December 1931 sailed Rouen for Queenborough in ballast in collision with motor tank lighter Petroleum causing this vessel considerable damage

1939 purchased by K.H. Kopf  & Others, Tallin and renamed GAMMA

July 1940 Seized by the USSR during the annexation of Estonia

27 August 1941 scuttled at Tallin