Requisitioned Auxiliary – Gibel Derif


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Official No:                               132911

Builder:                                    Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg

Launched:                               17 December 1887

Pennant No:                            Y 3.2028

Into Service:                            6 February 1918

Out of service:                         January 1919

Fate:                                          1950 Broken up


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:

17 December 1887 launched by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft, Flensburg as Yard Nr: 94 named ELSA for H Schuldt, Flensburg

February 1888 completed

16 August 1910 while on passage from Valencia to the Clyde with a cargo of fruit was in collision with the Spanish steamer MARTOS off Tarifa in the Straits of Gibraltar. The later sank but the former managed to make Gibraltar for repairs to be undertaken

2 September 1910 whilst awaiting repairs she was placed under arrest

October 1911 purchased by M H Bland & Co Ltd., Gibraltar and renamed GIBEL DERIF for use as a collier

18 January 1916 arrived at Liverpool from Valencia

6 February 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier – name unchanged

5 March 1918 was chased and shelled by a German U-boat in the English Channel but managed to escape

10 August 1918 at sea Captain Percy Pearce discharged dead – drowned

January 1919 returned to her owners – name unchanged

September 1919 purchased for £20,000 by Afred Calvert (Shipping) ltd., Goole and renamed LILAS CALVERT

9 November 1919 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

1923 owners became Calvert Colliers (1923) Ltd., (J S Calvert, Manager) Goole – name unchanged

October 1923 purchased by Justus Schiffahrts AG, Hamburg and renamed ALBERT

1925 purchased by Reederei Johannes Ick GMBH, Hamburg – name unchanged

1931 owners restyled as Hamburg Danzig Linie (Johannes Ick, Managers), Hamburg – name unchanged

8 April 1945 bombed and damaged while lying at Hamburg

1949 Manager became Arthur Sommer, Hamburg – name unchanged

January 1950 reported broken up at Hamburg