Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cortes





Official Number:                      109438

Laid down:

Builder:                                  James Laing, Deptford Yard, Sunderland

Launched:                              5 July 1884

Into Service:                           15 September 1915

Out of service:                        1 December 1915

Fate:                                      26 April 1917 sank after collision 


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:

5 July 1884 launched by James Laing, Deptford Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr 299 named
CORTES for Cortes SS Co Ltd (R MacAndrew & Co, Manager ) Liverpool

July 1884  completed

7 February 1915 exchanged signals with HMS VICTORIAN while on passage from Malaga, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal

15 September 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Carrier, name unchanged

1 December 1915 returned to her owners; purchased by J Roca & Co, Barcelona, Spain name unchanged

26 April 1917 while on passage from Liverpool to Santander and Seville with general cargo,
she sank after a collision 5 nm off Cape Machichaco in the Bay of Biscay with the British
steamer PEERLESS