Requisitioned Auxiliary – Farraline


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Official Number:                       115670

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith

Pennant Nr:                             Y 8.31

Launched:                               24 June 1903

Into Service:                            3 November 1914

Out of service:                         4 September 1916

Fate:                                      Torpedoed and sunk 2 November 1917



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:

24 June 1903 launched by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith as Yard Nr: 191 as Farraline for London & Edinburgh Shipping Co Ltd., Leith

August 1903 completed

30 September 1903 berthed at Tyne Dock

21 November 1903 sailed Newcastle for Seville and San Lucar

24 November 1903 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on St Catherines Point

18 December 1903 berthed at Lisbon

6 June 1904 arrived at the Tyne from Bordeaux

30 March 1905 sailed Leith Docks, Edinburgh for Seville

13 February 1907 berthed at Dover from Bordeaux with a general cargo to load bunkers

11 July 1913 berthed at Leith from Seville

19 June 1914 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamorough Head sailing north bound

6 October 1914 off the Tagus River spoken to by HMS ARGONAUT and allowed to proceed

HMS Argonaut


3 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Store Carrier – name unchanged – until 21 June 1915

21 February 1915 while HMS OTWAY was on passage from Birkenhead to Glasgow at 56.04N 6.58W spoke to Farraline and allowed to proceed

2 April 1915 at Scapa Flow, at Berth F2 alongside HMS DONEGAL delivering Naval Stores

HMS Donegal


22 June 1915 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 4 September 1916

5 September 1916 returned to her owners – name unchanged – plus 3 days hire

2 November 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine UC-69 in a position 15 miles NE½E off Ushant, France while on passage from Bordeaux to Cardiff with a cargo of pit props and with the loss of Donkeyman H Tamura who was drowned. He is remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial