Requisitioned Auxiliary – Factor


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Official Number:                      118343

Laid down:

Builder:                                    S.P. Austin & Son, Wear Dock, Sunderland

Pennant Nr:                             Y 3.96

Launched:                               25 September 1903

Into Service:                            8 August 1914

Out of service:                       1919

Fate:                                        Sank after a collision  7 May 1919


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 September 1903 launched by  S.P. Austin & Son, Wear Dock, Sunderland as Yard No: 224 named Factor for Factor Steamship Co Ltd., (Evans Fawcus, Managers,) Newcastle

26 September 1903 the Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette reported …


26 9 1903 Sunland Daily Echo and Shipp Gaz Factor


November 1903 completed

18 January 1904 at Dagenham Wharf while discharging cargo Donkeyman John G Duncan discharged dead from a head injury sustained in a fall while coming onboard. He fell between the ship and quay

21 January 1904 berthed at Shields

13 February 1904 sailed Blyth to Hamburg

4 October 1904 arrived the River Tyne from London

25 September 1905 arrived the River Tyne from London

5 December 1905 the Shields Daily News reported –

Factor Press Cutting 1905


23 May 1909 sailed Sunderland for London

16 February 1910 passed Prawle Point sailing west bound

10 March 1910 berthed at Grangemouth from London

8 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 19 June 1915

27 August 1914 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS GRAFTON supplied 280 tons of bunker coal

HMS Grafton


16 October 1915 re-deployed as a collier – name unchanged – until 18 July 1917

18 October 1917 re-deployed by the Commerial Branch of the Admiralty on the Norwegian service

December 1917 purchased by Limerick Steamship Co Ltd., Limerick – name unchanged

31 January 1918 purchased by Claddah Steamship Co Ltd., Limerick – name unchanged

1918 purchased by Geo. Gibson & Co Ltd (R.A. Somerville, Managers). Leith – name unchanged

7 May 1919 sank after a collision with the former German steamer Ursus 6 miles NE of Scarborough while on passage from Antwerp to Leith in ballast.

ursus 1902

ss Ursus

The crew of 21 were saved by the ss Ursus. The ships Master was Captain A R Stewart and the Chief Engineer Officer was P Lord