Requisitioned Auxiliary – Daybreak


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Official Number:                       132809 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Wm Gray & Co, West Hartlepool

Launched:                               23 October 1911

Pennant No:                            Y.3.431 / Y.2.167

Into Service:                           1915

Out of service:                         24 December 1917

Fate:                                     Torpedoed & sunk 24 December 1917


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:


23 October 1911 launched by Wm Gray & Co., West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 796 named DAYBREAK for J Wood & Co., West Hartlepool

December 1911 completed

12 March 1913 arrived at Barry from Santa Fe

8 October 1913 arrived at Sand Key from Huelva, Spain

12 December 1913 arrived at West Hartlepool from Mobile via London

10 September 1914 arrived at Liverpool from New Orleans

1915 purchased by Scarisbrook Steamship Co Ltd., (Elvidge & Morgan, Managers), Cardiff – name unchanged and requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Ammunition Carrier – name unchanged

21 August 1916 arrived at Port Mudros

8 November 1916 at Bakaritza, Archangel Ordinary Seaman John Hamilton Ross and Ordinary Seaman Thomas Pepper discharged dead – killed by an explosion. Ordinary Seaman Ross is buried in Archangel Allied Cemetery in grave C9 and Ordinary Seaman Pepper is remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial

18 November 1916 at Archangel two ratings from HMS VINDICTIVE received onboard

24 December 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine U87 in the Irish Sea 1 mile E of South Rock Light Vessel while on passage from Huelva to Glasgow with the loss of nineteen members of her crew each of whom is remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial, the Chatham and Plymouth Naval Memorials