Requisitioned Auxiliary – Eleanor


No Image




Laid down:

Builder:                                  H.S. Edwards & Son, Howdon-on-Tyne

Launched:                              25 August 1888

Into Service:                          3 August 1914

Out of service:                       12 February 1918

Fate:                                    12 February 1918 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:

25 August 1888 launched by H.S. Edwards & Son, Howdon-on-Tyne as Yard Nr: 42 named ELEANOR for Ridley, Son & Tudley, Newcastle.

November 1888 completed as a coaster

7 January 1889 sailed Antwerp for the River Tyne

23 March 1889 arrived Ayr from Belfast

26 November 1889 sailed Grimsby for Gothenburg

7 May 1890 sailed Guernsey for Portsmouth

6 August 1891 sailed the River Tyne for Malta

7 December 1891 arrived at the River Tyne

6 August 1892 sailed Queenstown for Gloucester Docks

29 November 1892 arrived at Middlesborough from London

28 September 1893 sailed Rochester for Jersey

9 January 1897 at an unclear location Fireman John Bell discharged dead – disappeared. A body was found on 4 February 1897 which was believed to be that of Fireman Bell

6 April 1899 arrived at Sunderland from Yarmouth

8 September 1899 arrived at Sunderland from Shields

14 March 1911 between Whitby and Flamborough Head Captain Andreas Carl Anderson discharged dead having disappeared during the voyage – believed to have drowned

22 January 1913 sailed Ayr for Llandulas

27 January 1914 and 28 January 1914 at Queenstown alongside HMS ENDYMION supplying 434 tons of bunker coal


HMS Endymion



3 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Mine Carrier name unchanged

1 January 1917 the Pink list of this day reports that the Eleanor was based at Sheerness

30 June 1917 the Pink list of this day reports that the Eleanor was based at Sheerness

2 January 1918 the Pink list of this day reports that the Eleanor was based at Upnor Naval Armanents Depot, River Medway

12 February 1918 torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-57 9 miles W x S of St Catherine’s Point in position 50°30 N 01°30 W while on passage from Immingham to Falmouth carrying a cargo of 1,434 mines and 200 depth charges with the loss of all but one of her crew of 35. Her crew were a mixed Royal Navy, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and Mercantile Marine Reserve those who died are remembered with pride on the Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth Naval memorials. The one who survived was 2nd Officer Barton Hunter who was later picked up by the drifter Parisienne. At the time the vessel was sunk her Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Arthur T Brain RNR

Those killed were 

 ARCHER, Reginald W, Leading Cook’s Mate, M 12608 (Ch)

 BEAUMONT, Horace, Stoker, RNR, S 2699

 BOLLEN, Harry, Assistant Steward, MMR, 908369

 BONE, Alfred J, Ordinary Seaman, J 61301 (Ch)

 BOYLE, Thomas, Stoker, RNR, S 8835

 BRAIN, Arthur T, Ty/Lieutenant, RNR

 BROWN, David, Ty/Engineer Lieutenant, RNR

 BROWN, John L, Able Seaman, J 7204 (Ch)

 CADWALLADER, Albert H, Donkeyman, MMR, 908554

 CLARK, Alfred, Stoker, RNR, S 1690

 DANIELS, Ernest J, Ship’s Steward’s Assistant, M 6944 (Ch)

 DARBY, Frederick C, Stoker, RNR, U 1754

 DENNISON, Christopher, Stoker, RNR, S 6199

 DESMOND, Humphrey, Petty Officer 1c (Pens), 137685 (Ch)

 GEORGE, William, Stoker, RNR, S 3073

 GREENWOOD, Richard W, Steward, MMR, 596102

 GROVER, William J, Leading Stoker, RNR, S 1759

 HORSLEY, James H R, Able Seaman (RFR B 2486), 178032 (Ch)

 LAW, Alfred C, Able Seaman (RFR B 10647), 205746 (Ch)

 MANNING, Leslie M, Ordinary Seaman, J 51157 (Ch)

 MCASKILL, Kenneth, Seaman, RNR, A 8819

 MENOWN, James, Quartermaster, MMR, 67910 A

 MESTON, Thomas, Seaman, RNR, B 3408

 MORTON, Arthur C, Ty/Paymaster, RNR

 PAIN, Cyril L, Able Seaman (RFR B 2513), 215353 (Ch)

 PATTERSON, Hugh, Stoker, RNR, S 7728

 REDICAN, John, Stoker, RNR, S 2821

ROSS, Donald, Ordinary Signalman, RNVR, Mersey Z 1227

 SMITH, James, Assistant Cook, MMR, 896979

 SOUTER, Elias S, Ty/Sub Lieutenant, RNR

 SOUTER, George W, 3rd Engineer, MMR, (no service number listed)

 STILL, Eric J, Ordinary Seaman, J 69442 (Ch)

 STRATHERN, Robert S, Ty/Engineer Sub Lieutenant, RNR

 THOMSON, Angus, Seaman, RNR, A 4413

 WHAM, George R, Ordinary Seaman, J 70396 (Ch)

 WILLIAMS, John, Shipwright 2c, M 22060 (Ch)


Medals awarded to Paymaster Arthur C Morton RNR, who perished when the ship was sunk and who is remembered with pride on the Chatham Naval Memorial, were –


Paymaster A Morton Elenor

© Wellington Auctions