Requisitioned Auxiliary – Chalkis






Official Number:                      78646

Pennant Number               Y 8.59 / Y.4 ?? 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   A & J Inglis Ltd., Pointhouse

Launched:                               14 August 1878

Into Service:                            1917

Out of service:                         21 August 1919

Fate:                                      Broken up 1q/1939

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:

14 August 1878 launched by A & J Inglis Ltd., Pointhouse as Yard Nr: 148 named Azalea for Glasgow & Londonderry Steam Packet Co (A A Laid, Manager), Glasgow

September 1878 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel

20 November 1879 berthed at New York from Shields

27 April 1880 berthed at New York from Queenstown

24 December 1880 sailed Shields for the River Clyde

7 January 1881 at the River Clyde in collision with another vessel, details unknown, and suffered damage to her bows

20 July 1881 sailed Shields for Philadelphia

15 December 1881 in collision with the steamer Cipero in the Clyde when on passage from Dublin. Her foremast was carried away and her stem bent

25 July 1882 arrived in Leith Roads from New York

13 September 1882 arrived at Savannah

16 December 1882 arrived at New York from Shields

13 February 1883 arrived at Longhope with the cargo shifted, a lifeboat broken and the mess room carried away. The Chief Engineer Officer had been washed overboard

4 February 1884 while on passage from Londonderry to Glasgow grounded at Rosses Bay 2 miles from Londonderry

22 December 1884 while on passage from Cardiff to Havannah grounded on the Tennessee Reef. After jettisoning part of her cargo got off the reef and continued

1885 owners became Glasgow, Dublin & Londonderry Steam Packet Co., Glasgow same Managers – name unchanged

4 September 1888 at Lough Foyle in collision with a steamship Thomas Dugdale

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th days of October 1888 a formal Investigation was held at the Corporation Hall, Londonderry, before Rodolphus Harvey, Esquire, Resident Magistrate, assisted by Captain Alexander P French and Captain Charles H. J. Baker, into the circumstances attending the damage sustained by the British steamships “AZALEA,” of Glasgow, and “THOMAS DUGDALE,” of Londonderry, through a collision in Lough Foyle on 4 September 1888. The Court having carefully inquired into the circumstances attending the above-mentioned shipping casualty, finds, that the collision was caused through the rash navigation and default of both James Saultry, Master of the “Thomas Dugdale,” and John Hately, Master of the “Azalea,” and severely reprimands them, but does not deal with the certificate of either of them. The Court orders that Captain James Saultry and Captain John Hately pay to the Solicitor to the Board of Trade the sum of eight pounds each on account of the expenses of this investigation.

12 October 1894 grounded on or near Laggan Rocks, near Corsewall Point, Wigtonshire

30 October 1894 & 1 November 1894 a formal Investigation was held at Ayr, before Willaim A O Paterson, Esquire, Advocate, Sheriff-Substitute of Ayrshire, assisted by Captains Kennett Hore and Alexander Wood, into the circumstances attending the stranding of the ship on 12 October 1984. The Court, having carefully inquired into the circumstances finds, that the casualty was due to the improper alteration made in the course at 1.5 a.m. on 12th October; and finds the Master in default for neglecting to verify his position by cross bearings of Corsewall Point Light, or by taking a cast of the lead before altering his course towards the land; but, taking into consideration his general care and attention, the energetic and successful endeavours he made to get the vessel off the rock after she stranded and to bring her into port, the Court does not think it necessary to deal with his certificate; and it also finds the Mate is not in default

6 October 1897 sailed Barry Roads for Savona having loaded at Cardiff with a cargo of 2,098 tons of coal and with 527 tons of coal in her bunkers, in all 2,625 tons

1907 owners restyled as Laird Line, Glasgow – name unchanged

1914 owners became C Gambetta – name unchanged

1 June 1915 at the Dardenelles when on passage from from Dedeagatch to Mitylene & Salonica – boarded by HMS RIBBLE

2 July 1915 at Port Mudros a prize crew from HMS EUROPA came onboard





6 December 1915 sailed from Port Mudros

25 August 1916 berthed at French Creek, Malta with HMS WELLAND alongside

26 August 1916 HMS WELLAND slipped

1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier / Fleet Messenger – name unchanged

17 April 1918 at Corfu alongside RFA BACCHUS (1) for stores

20 May 1918 sailed Corfu for Malta

17 June 1918 at Corfu a working party from RFA BACCHUS (1) was onboard

10 August 1918 at Corfu alongside RFA BACCHUS (1) to load empty store cases

26 September 1918 at Corfu alongside RFA BACCHUS (1)

November 1918 at Malta

22 April 1919 at Batum with HMS ARK ROYAL alongside to discharge Royal Air Force stores

23 April 1919 at Batum divers from HMS ARK ROYAL searched for the ships anchor

21 August 1919 returned to her owners – name unchanged

1920 purchased by Paneveiki, Piraeus and renamed Chalkis

1923 purchased by Nav. A Vap, “Iolienne”, Piraeus and renamed Nafktatoussa

1929 purchase by Hellenic Coast Lines, Piraeus – name unchanged

1933 renamed Psara by her owners

1q/1939 reported broken up in Greece