Requisitioned Auxiliary – Eastgate


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Official Number:                     139100

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Wm. Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool

Pennant No:                           Y 3.450

Launched:                              9 September 1915

Into Service:                           20 November 1915

Out of service:                        24 June 1916

Fate:                                     Bombed, beached & seized  20 June 1940


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Background Data One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

9 September 1915 launched by Wm. Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 861 named Eastgate for Turnbull Scott Shipping Co Ltd., (Turnbull, Scott & Co, Managers) London

November 1915 completed

20 November 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier until 17 December 1915

18 December 1915 deployed as a Transport carrying sugar until 21 February 1916

22 February 1916 deployed again as a collier until 24 June 1916

14 December 1918 sailed New York in convoy with thirty five other vessels and escorted by HMS COLUMBELLA for Southampton. RFA’s BIRCHLEAF and NUCULA were also in this convoy

1937 sold to Adamas Steamship Co Ltd., Piraeus and renamed Adamantios

20 June 1940 bombed by German aircraft in the English Channel off Isle de Re when on passage from La Pallice to Bordeau carrying potash

21 June 1940 beached near La Rochelle. Was reportedly later salvaged by the Germans and seized as a Prize