Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cragside




Official Number:                      101813

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd., Bill Quay, Newcastle

Launched:                              5 November 1892

Pennant No:                           Y.8.35 / Y.3.556

Into Service:                           5 November 1914

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                      22 February 1923 wrecked on Portland Breakwater, Dorset


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 November 1892 launched by Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd., Bill Quay, Newcastle as Yard Nr: 41 and named Cragside for L S Carr & Co., Newcastle

8 November 1892 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …


8 11 1892 Lloyds List Cragside


December 1892 completed

10 July 1893 at Folkstone Quay, Kent Fireman John Stewart discharged dead – drowned when he fell between the vessel and the quay

26 December 1898 sailed the River Tyne for La Seyne with a cargo of coal

25 January 1901 sailed for Swansea

16 May 1903 sailed Fraserburgh

7 January 1904 berthed on the River Tees

27 May 1905 sailed Goole for Delfziel with a general cargo

5 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty Service as a Stores Carrier, name unchanged

10 June 1915 at Funchal, Maderia berthed alongside HMS OPHIR – supplied 850 tons of coal

30 December 1915 became a collier

15 March 1916 sailed Blyth

17 September 1917 redeployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying ammunition empties

26 September 1917 redeployed again as a collier

1918 returned to her owners, name unchanged

6 July 1920 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

1921 owners now Arthur Andrew & Co Ltd., Swansea, name unchanged

20 November 1922 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

16 January 1923 at Drogheda Fireman Albert Edward Jones discharged dead – while boarding the ship fell from the gangway and drowned

22 February 1923 was wrecked on Portland Breakwater, Dorset. The Dundee Evening Telegraph reported the next day …