Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cardigan (1917)


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Official Number:                       139622

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Richardson, Duck & Co. Ltd., Stockton

Launched:                               16 August 1917

Pennant No:                            Y.3.203

Into Service:                            7 December 1917

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                        Wrecked 7 December 1936


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:


16 August 1917 launched by Richardson, Duck & Co. Ltd., Thornaby, Stockton as Yard Nr: 653 named Cardigan for Cardigan Steamship Co Ltd., (Jenkin Bros. Managers) Cardiff

October 1917 completed

7 December 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged

1920 sold to Henry W Rennie, Dundee – name unchanged

1923 sold to Harlem Steamship Co Ltd., Dundee and renamed Pensylvanie

1926 sold to Cie. Generale Transatlantique, Le Havre – name unchanged

1934 sold to Sussex Steamship Co Ltd., (Rethymniades & Kulukundis, Ltd., Managers), London and renamed Bury Hill

7 December 1936 wrecked on Almadi Reef, Cape Verde while on passage from Albany, WA to Falmouth with a cargo of wheat




  1. A predecessor vessel of the same name was also wrecked later in life
  2. The same Pennant number was used for both of these ships