Requisitioned Auxiliary – Calder


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Official Number:                        91309 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Wm Dobson & Co, Low Walker

Launched:                               1887

Pennant No:                             Y.8.17 / Y.3.646

Into Service:                            8 October 1914

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                      Broken up 23 April 1926


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:

1887 launched by Wm Dobson & Co., Low Walker as Yard Nr: 15 named CALDER for Goole Shipping Co. Goole

April 1887 completed

29 October 1897 as the steamer Rosa sailed from Goole for Antwerp with a general cargo she was in collision with the Calder sustaining severe damage to the upper bridge, davits and the port bulwalk railings requiring her to return to port. The Calder’s stern railings were damaged

10 September 1898 arrived at Goole from Ghent

16 December 1899 sailed Ymuiden, Holland

1 January 1905 owners became Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co – name unchanged

5 January 1907 in the River Ouse near Goole in collision with the steamer Unity. Both ships damaged

 Press cutting - Calder

Press report from the Hull Daily Mail of 7 January 1907

8 October 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier – name unchanged

22 October 1914 at Cromarty berthed alongside HMS INVINCIBLE delivering Naval Stores

12 January 1915 at Scapa Flow berthed alongside HMS FALMOUTH delivering Naval Stores


HMS Falmouth 1910



13 January 1915 at Scapa Flow berthed alongside HMS FALMOUTH again

26 March 1915 Stores carrier service ended , became a collier – name unchanged

15 October 1915 sighted by HMS LORD MINTO while on Beachy Head patrol


HMS Lord Minto


1918 returned to her owners – name unchanged

27 November 1921 while outward bound to Amersterdam in fog in the River Humber in collision with the steamer Douglas. Both ships were damaged above the waterline. Both ships made Google under their own power

1 January 1922 owners became London & North Western Railway Co – name unchanged

1 January 1923 owners became London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co – name unchanged

23 April 1926 sailed Goole for Inverkeithing for demolition by T W Ward Ltd



Sister to AIRE & DERWENT (q.v.)