Requisitioned Auxiliary – F. Matarazzo


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Official Number:                      124147

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Palmers Co Ltd., Hebburn

Pennant Nr:                             Y 3.1172

Launched:                               29 October 1906

Into Service:                            2 February 1916

Out of service:                         15 November 1916

Fate:                                       Torpedoed and sunk 15 November 1916


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:


29 October 1906 launched by J Blumer & Co., North Dock, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 191 named Ennisbrook for W Anderson, Glasgow

1 November 1906 the Lloyds List newspaper reported –


1 11 1906 Lloyds List Ennisbrook


November 1906 completed

16 November 1906 sailed Sunderland on builders trials

1908 purchased by Brook Steamship Co Ltd., (Miller & Richards Ltd., Managers) London – name unchanged

7 September 1908 arrived at the River Plate

18 October 1908 berthed at Puerto Borghi, Argentina. Fireman Ali Said fell into the River Parana from the gangway and 2nd Officer Arthur Lee attempted to rescue him

19 June 1909 the Dundee Courier reported –

Ennisbrook Medals Press Report


26 October 1909 the Scotsman newspaper reported –

Ennisbrook Press Cutting 1909

19 January 1912 at the River Tyne in collision with the steamer Lady Salisbury and some hoppers

1913 purchased by F Matarazzo Steamship Co Ltd., (Charles J Crowfoot, Manager) London and renamed F Matarazzo

12 November 1913 before the Court of Appeal the Lady Salisbury was totally to blame for the collision (see above)

16 November 1915 at Sea the ships Master Captain James Seddon collapsed and died from heart failure

2 February 1916 requisitioned as an  Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – carrying cargoes of hay and oats until 8 March 1916

11 February 1916 at Sea Seaman Walter Henry Francis discharged dead – drowned

25 April 1916 re-deployed as a Sugar Transporter until 30 May 1916

31 May 1916 re-deployed as a collier until 15 November 1916

15 November 1916 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-64 in the Mediterranean 26 miles ENE of Linosa Island in position 35°50N 13°20E while on passage from Cardiff to Italy with a cargo of coal