Requisitioned Auxiliary – Express







Official Number:                     84322

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Thomas B Sneath & Co, Rutherglen, Glasgow

Launched:                              30 April 1881

Into Service:                            16 November 1914

Out of service:                         7 August 1915

Fate:                                          9 February 1918 sunk after collision


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:


30 April 1881 launched by Thomas B Sneth & CO, Broomloan Yard, Rutherglen, Glasgow as Yard No: 208 named Hebridean for J McCullum & Co (Andrew Ross, Manager), Glasgow

1881 completed

c1902 manager now William Young

16 November 1914 until 7 August 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a non-commissioned Miscellaneous Vessel – served as a Mail Steamer

May 1917 purchased by Peter S Cooper (W Cooper & Son, Managers) Kirkwall and renamed Express

9 February 1918 in collision with the destroyer HMS GRENVILLE, broke in two and sank near Portland Skerries on passage Leith to Kirkwall carrying general cargo with the loss of 11 crew and 2 passengers