Requisitioned Auxiliary – Clan Macrae



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Official Number:                       133005 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Wm Doxford & Sons, Pallion Yard, Sunderland

Pennant Nr:                             Y 8.101

Launched:                               21 November 1911

Into Service:                             5 September 1918

Out of service:                          3 December 1918

Fate:                                       Torpedoed and sunk 29 September 1943 



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:


 21 November 1911 launched by Wm Doxford & Sons, Pallion, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 429 named CLAN MACRAE for Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd., (Clan Line Steamers), Glasgow

January 1912 completed

5 May 1912 sailed Sydney, NSW, Australia

14 July 1912 arrived at Antwerp

4 August 1912 when on passage from Antwerp passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

12 October 1912 sailed from Mauritius for Sydney, NSW, Australia

23 November 1913 arrived at Sydney, NSW, Australia

September 1914 aided the crew of HMS PEGASUS after she was sunk at Zanzibar by the German cruiser Konigsberg

October 1914 towed HMS CHATHAM off Leven Rocks, near Kilindine, Mombasa





9 March 1915 chased by a submarine off the Liverpool Light Vessel but managed to escape

26 June 1917 at Sydney, NSW General Servant Fakeer Mahd. Abdool discharged dead from natural causes

24 May 1918 at Kings Dock, Liverpool Lascar Sk Baboo Sk Abdool discharged dead – cause not shown in the Deaths of Seaman Register

5 August 1918 at Freetown, Sierra Leone Chief Steward R Alexander discharged dead from natural causes

5 September 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier – name unchanged

16 October 1918 at Archangel Lascar Aleff Khan discharged dead from influenza

18 October 1918 at Archangel Lascar Sheroo Sk Abdooldia and Fireman Modasisallee Ahmedallee both discharged dead from influenza

19 October 1918 at Archangel Fireman ?? Meah, Fireman Ardoo Meah Akrameallee, Lascar Ahmadmedalle Modasirallee, Lascar Johill Sk Indoo and Lascar Abdool Cader H Meah each discharged dead from influenza

20 October 1918 at No: 53 Stationary Hospital, Archangel 2nd Officer R Sarard discharged dead from influenza. Topaz Calloo Baboo discharged dead from influenza. Deck Casab Afazoody Sk Davee discharged dead from influenza

28 October 1918 at Archangel Saloon Steward Jan oda Coda Box discharged dead from influenza

3 December 1918 refitted and returned to her owners – name unchanged

1920 transferred to the Scottish Shire Line Ltd., (Turnbull, Martin & Co Ltd., Managers), Glasgow and renamed BANFFSHIRE

21 March 1924 sailed Las Palmas for Table Bay, South Africa

1937 transferred to British & South American Steam Navigation Co Ltd. (Houston Line Ltd., Managers) Glasgow – name unchanged

29 September 1943 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U532 in the Indian Ocean in position 09.26N 71.20E while on passage from Colombo – UK carrying tea, rubber, coconut oil & Copra with the loss of one life. Ninety nine survivors were rescused by the HMIS RAJPUTANA and landed at Colombo