Requisitioned Auxiliary – Dalegarth


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Official Number:                        96146

Laid down:

Builder:                                   J Readhead & Sons, West Yard, South Shields

Launched:                               29 May 1899

Pennant No:                            Y 3.729

Into Service:                           25 October 1915

Out of service:                        30 May 1916

Fate:                                     Captured, torpedoed & sunk 30 May 1916


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:


22 July 1899 launched by J Readhead & Sons, West Yard, South Shields as Yard Nr: 249 named Dalegarth for Clapham Steamship Co Ltd., (G E Macarthy, Manager), Newcastle

July 1899 completed

9 November 1903 passed up from Barry Island from Smyrna for Bristol

5 January 1911 when on passage in the Mediterrean her high pressure piston fractured and was towed into Algiers by the steamer Ethyl arriving on 6 January 1911

5 May 1911 the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail reported that –


5 5 1911 Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail Dalegarth


16 January 1913 arrived the River Wear from Rotterdam

1 September 1913 passed Malta when on passage from Gaza to Leith

1914 sold to Hanson, Brown & Co (Newcastle on Tyne) Ltd., Newcastle – name unchanged

30 March 1914 towed into Portland by a Glasgow salvage steamer after being disabled off Gurnsey. The ship had had both the engine room and stoke hold flooded after heavy seas broke over her. The ship had drifted for many hours with her cargo of coal

25 October 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 15 February 1916

March 1916 sold to City of London Shipping & Trading Co Ltd., (C G Ashdown, Manager) London – name unchanged

1 April 1916 re-deployed as a collier until …

30 May 1916 captured by German submarine U39 (Walter Forstmann) then torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean 12 miles NE Cape Corbelin, Algeria in position 37°18N 04°44E when on passage from Limni, Euboea Island, Greece to Glasgow carrying magnesite