Requisitioned Auxiliary – El Kahira


El Kahira

 El Kahira

Official Number:                     110140

Builder:                                 Robert Napier & Sons, Govan, Glasgow

Pennant No:                  

Launched:                              18 February 1892

Into Service:                           4 June 1915

Out of service:                        1918 (?)

Fate:                                     9 July 1922 missing no trace


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:


18 February 1892 launched by Robert Napier & Sons, Govern, Glasgow as Yard Nr: 427 named El Kahira for Khedivial Steamship Administration, Alexandria April

1892 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel

1899 owners restyled as Khedivial Mail Steam Ship & Graving Dock Co Ltd., London – name unchanged

4 June 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Armed Storeship / Fleet Messenger and served in the Dardanelles Campaign – name unchanged

29 May 1916 became an Armed Boarding Steamer – name unchanged

30 May 1916 Lieutenant John R Ryall RNR received a ‘mention’ for Good Services during the Dardanelles Campaign

1918 (?) returned to her owners – name unchanged

1920 sold to Transport & Trading Co. London – name unchanged

1920 sold to Franco-British Steamship Co Ltd., (Olivier & Co Ltd., Managers) London – name unchanged

1921 sold to Hydra Steamship Co Ltd., (G M Chrussachi, Manager), London – name unchanged1922 sold to Trading & Coal Co (E Olivier, Manager) London – name unchanged

9 July 1922 was sighted 12 miles west of the Casquets while on passge from London to Algiers and Mediterranean ports and afterwards disappeared with the loss of about 30 lives