Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cambrian Coast

Cambrian Coast


Cambrian Coast


Official Number:                    146282

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan

Pennant Nr:                            

Launched:                              29 December 1920

Into Service:                           September 1939

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                         8 October 1954  broken up


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA


Career Data


29 December 1920 launched by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Govan as Yard Nr 626 g named GORILLA for G. & J. Burns Ltd, Glasgow

31 December 1920 the Edinburgh Evening News reported …


31 12 1920 Edinburgh Evening News


7 February 1922 completed for Burns & Laird Lines Ltd., Glasgow – name unchanged

1925 owners became Coast Lines Ltd, Liverpool and renamed CUMBERLAND COAST

3 September 1927 The Scotsman newspaper reported …


3 9 27 Scotsman Cumerland Coast


24 August 1928 The Scotsman newspaper reported …


24 8 1928 The Scotsman Cumberland Coast


1930 transferred to City of Cork Steam Packet Co Ltd, Cork and renamed KINSALE

1933 returned to Coast Lines Ltd and renamed CAMBRIAN COAST

September 1939 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier – name unchanged

25 January 1941 sailed the Clyde in escorted convoy WN75 to Methil arriving 29 January 1941

14 October 1941 sailed Oban in unescorted convoy WN193 to Methil arriving 17 October 1941

3 November 1941 sailed from Methil in escorted convoy EN1 to Oban arriving 6 November 1941

17 January 1942 sailed Oban in unescorted convoy WN232 to Methil arriving 20 January 1942

16 February 1942 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN47 to Oban arriving 19 February 1942. RFA EAGLESDALE also sailed in this convoy

7 March 1942 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN55 to Oban arriving 10 March 1942. RFA WAR DIWAN also sailed in this convoy

13 June 1942 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN97 to Oban arriving 15 June 1942

7 July 1943 sailed from Loch Ewe in unescorted convoy WN451 to Methil arriving 9 July 1941

1945 returned to her owners – name unchanged

1947 transferred to Belfast Steamship Co Ltd, Belfast and renamed ULSTER MERCHANT

8 October 1954 arrived Newport, Mon for demolition by John Cashmore Ltd.



The Coast Lines Group was originally formed in 1913 and consisted of a large group of Companies which were brought together in subsequent years. Transfers of ships between the constituent members were quite common after 1920 and Coast Lines retained all the previous Company names. Some of these were as follows with year of acquisition; British & Irish Steam Packet Co Ltd., in 1917; City of Dublin Steamship Co Ltd.,  City of Cork Steamship Co Ltd., and Belfast Steamship Co Ltd., in 1918/19; Burns & Laird Lines Ltd., in 1922; British Channel Islands Shipping Co Ltd., in 1937 and Tyne -Tees Steamship Co Ltd in 1943