Requisitioned Auxiliary – Denby Grange



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Official Number:                        132831 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Howden on Tyne

Launched:                               14 August 1912

Pennant No:                            Y.2.135

Into Service:                           1914

Out of service:                         24 October 1918

Fate:                                      Sunk 24 October 1918



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:

14 August 1912 launched by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Howdon-on Tyne as Yard No: 197 named Denby Grange for Houlder Line Ltd., (Furness, Withy & Co. Managers West Hartlepool)

15 August 1912 the Shields Daily News reported …


15 8 1912 Shields Daily News Denby Grange


October 1912 completed

27 March 1913 at Bueno Ayres

15 July 1913 sailed Gravesend for Rosario

1 September 1913 arrived at Rosario

21 November 1913 sailed Newport for Bueno Ayres

1 December 1913 passed St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands while on passage to Bueno Ayres

1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Ammunition Carrier – name unchanged

10 June 1914 passed Fernando Noronha

5 August 1915 arrived at Bueno Ayres while on passage from Newport with her bunkers on fire. There was slight damage to her cargo

30 June 1916 arrived at Liverpool

18 July 1916 in communication with HMS ALMANZORA at 57°.48N 12°.17S

20 May 1917 arrived at Sierra Leone

23 March 1918 boarded by HMS PERTH which was on the Perim Patrol

11 May 1918 sighted by HMS PERTH which was on the Perim Patrol

24 October 1918 sank in position 39.52N 05.32E after a collision with ss War Island while on passage from Newport to La Spezia carrying coal with at least one death – 2nd Officer John Ernest Williams who is remembered with pride the St. Dogmael’s War Memorial, Cardigan, Wales