Requisitioned Auxiliary – Cymbeline




Official Number:                      115323

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Low Walker

Launched:                              2 September 1902

Into Service:                           1 August 1914

Out of service:                        4 September 1915

Fate:                                     4 September 1915  shelled, torpedoed and sunk


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


2 September 1902 launched by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co, Low Walker as Yard Nr: 726 named CYMBELINE for Bear Creek Oil & Shipping Co (C.T. Bowring & Son, Managers) Liverpool

October 1902  completed

29 December 1905 off the Brasillian Coast 1st Mate Charles Thompson Pratt discharged dead having drowned

3 January 1906 ran aground on the Rio Grande when in ballast while on passage from Rosario to Santos – reported in the Times

15 January 1906 refloated and arrived at Montevideo

21 January 1906 at the British Hospital at Montevideo Carpenter discharged dead from typhoid

28 February 1906 at sea at 38.12N 9.13W Able Seaman Thomas Hickey discharged dead after an accidental fall

21 June 1906 at 44.36N 3.52W Fireman & Trimmer discharged dead after been found missing at sea

16 October 1907 sailed Philadelphia

19 February 1912 at sea Donkeyman George Moll discharged dead from asphyxiation

12 March 1912 at Hospital at Kustendje Fireman & Trimmer Antonio Cauchi discharged dead from meningitis

19 October 1912 sailed Brixham to Port Arthur to load

1 December 1913 arrived at New York from Bordeaux

30 July 1914 at Hamburg

1 August 1914  requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler, name unchanged

14 September 1914 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS FALMOUTH to refuel her

13 August 1915 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Norfolk, Va

22 August 1915 sailed Norfolk, Va for Dartmouth.

4 September 1915 was shelled then torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-33 twenty nine miles W by S of Fastnet Rock in position 51.16 N 12.04 W with the loss of six lives. There were thirty one survivors. The six who were lost are all remebered with
pride on the Tower Hill Memorial