Requisitioned Auxiliary – British Monarch

british monarch

british monarch


Official Number:                       133160

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Napier & Miller Ltd., Old Kilpatrick

Launched:                               25 September 1913

Pennant No:                   Y3.1529

Into Service:                            29 January 1917

Out of service:                         1917

Fate:                                        8 August 1917 mined 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:


27 September 1913 launched by Napier & Miller Ltd., Old Kilpatrick as Yard Nr: 192 named British Monarch for Monarch Steamship Co Ltd., (Raeburn & Verel, Managers) Glasgow

November 1913 completed

14 August 1915 sailed from London for Canada

26 January 1916 arrived Boston from the River Clyde

19 February 1916 arrived Glasgow from Boston

21 July 1916 at 32.54N 22.26W stopped and boarded by two officers from HMS OPHIR – allowed to proceed

29 January 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged until 2 May 1917

3 May 1917 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from North America until 13 July 1917

26 June 1917 at 59.00N 17.15W stopped and boarded by HMS PATUCA – allowed to proceed

14 July 1917 on Italian Government Service as a collier until …

4 August 1917 struck a mine which had been laid on 11 June 1917 by the German submarine U-72 and sank in the Mediterranean 2 miles SSW of Cape Porquerolles Light House, SE France while on passage from Hull to Genoa with a cargo of coal. There were no survivors