Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cairnie


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Official Number:                        98557 

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Cowpen Quay, Blyth

Pennant No:                             Y 3. xx

Launched:                                8 January 1891

Into Service:                             10 January 1915

Out of service:                          18 June 1917

Fate:                                        Bombed and sunk 3 April 1941 


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:


8 January 1891  launched by Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Cowpen Quay, Blyth as Yard Nr: 77 named CAIRNIE for Matthew Taylor, Aberdeen

9 January 1891 the Shields Daily Gazette reported …




1891  register opened at Aberdeen as Nr 5/1891 in the Register Book

March 1891  completed

16 June 1891 sailed from Stornoway for Stettin with a cargo of 200 tons of herrings

18 June 1891 stranded at or near Jederon’s Reef, Norway. Seven days later managed to get off, was repaired at Stavanger and brought to Aberdeen

19 June 1917 requisitioned for service as a Collier working with the Dublin & S.E. Railway &  Irish Railway Executive until 28 September 1917

24 February 1941 sailed from the River Clyde in escorted convoy WN90 to Methil arriving 27 February 1941

14 March 1941 sailed from Oban in escorted convoy WN99 to Methil arriving 18 March 1941              

3 April 1941 was bombed and sunk by German aircraft in the North Sea 7 miles S x W of  Tod Head, near Stonehaven. All of her crew were rescued