Requisitioned Auxiliary – Derbent




Official Number:                      136706

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Armstrong, Whitworth & Co, Low Walker

Launched:                              16 December 1907

Into Service:                           4 September 1914

Out of service:                        30 November 1917

Fate:                                     30 November 1917  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:


16 December 1907 launched by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co, Low Walker as
Yard Nr: 805 named DERBENT for S.A. d@Armement d’Industrie et de
Commerce, Antwerp 

March 1908 completed

24 September 1908 berthed at Gravesend

12 August 1909 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Antwerp

30 November 1910 sailed Antwerp for New York

19 June 1911 berthed at Gravesend

23 March 1914 arrived at Batoum Martaban from Rangoon

4 September 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler, name unchanged

18 March 1915 at Port Mudros anchorage alongside the cruiser HMS PHAETON to refuel her with 275 tons of FFO

HMS phaeton


19 March 1915 at Port Mudros alongside the cruiser HMS PHAETON to refuel her with 470 tons of FFO

21 March 1915 at Tendos alongside the battle cruiser HMS INFLEXIBLE to refuel her

2 July 1917 at Hampton Roads in convoy to England with the Armoured Cruiser HMS ROXBURGH as escort

HMS Roxburgh


30 November 1917 was torpedoed and sunk by U-96 (Kapt. Lieutenant Heinrich Jess) in the Irish Sea 6 miles NE x E of Lynas Point, Anglesey while on passage from Liverpool to Queenstown, Ireland with a cargo of fuel oil. There were no casualties

 jess heinrich

Kapt. Lieutenant Heinrich Jess

2014 the University of Bangor has obtained a side scan image of the wreck of the Derbent –

 Derbent side scan image

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