Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cambria


 1 Cambria



1 Cambria


Official Number:                      108811 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Wm Denny & Bros, Dumbarton

Launched:                              4 August 1897

Pennant No:                            P 76 / E 1062

Into Service:                            8 August 1914

Out of service:                        1919

Fate:                                       11 August 1925 scrapped

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:


20 November 1896 ordered

4 August 1897  launched by Wm Denny & Bros, Dumbarton as Yard Nr: 574  named           CAMBRIA for London & North Western Railway Co, London

13 October 1897  trials

23 November 1897 completed at a cost of £84,445. 223 x 1st Class berths and 770 x 3rd Class passengers

30 November 1897 sailed Dumbarton for Holyhead 

15 December 1897 sailed on her maiden voyage to Dublin

8 August 1914  requisitioned for service as an Armed Boarding Steamer and commissioned as HMS CAMBRIA

27 October 1914 joined the 2nd Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow

10 February 1915 at Scapa Flow received seven ratings from HMS FALMOUTH for passage 

15 July 1915 paid off as an Armed Boarding Steamer

8 August 1915 commissioned as a Military Hospital Ship with 189 beds – name unchanged

May 1917 served as a Hospital Ship on the Holyhead to Dublin route

December 1917 became an Ambulance Transport from Dover to French ports name unchanged

1918 reverted to Hospital Ship duties

1919  renamed ARVONIA by her Owners and served as a Hospital Ship

26 March 1920 Captain Edward Butler Tanner appointed an Officer of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

1920  owners became London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co – name unchanged

11 August 1925 arrived Barrow for demolition by T.W. Ward