Requisitioned Auxiliary – Gransha





Official Number:                         111364

Laid down:

Builder:                                      Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Troon

Launched:                                  6 April 1901

Into Service:                              16 July 1915

Out of service:                            21 March 1919

Fate:                                          Bombed in 1941


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:

6 April 1901 launched by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co, Troon as Yard Nr 96 named GRANSHA for Shamrock Shipping Co Ltd, Troon.

June 1901 completed

25 December 1902 arrived at Troon from St. Marlo

22 March 1909 arrived at St John, New Brunswick from Swansea

28 September 1912 was berthed in Swansea

2 January 1914 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

6 July 1914 at Queenstown berthed alongside HMS GIBRALTAR to supply coal for the warship’s bunkers

7 July 1914 cast off from HMS GIBRALTAR after supplying 370 tons of bunker coal

HMS Gibraltar


16 December 1914 arrived the River Tyne

15 April 1915 sailed the River Wear

16 July 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Carrier, name unchanged. Became Commissioned Fleet Messenger No 47

25 July 1915 at HM Dockyard, Dover the ship’s Mate Thomas Davies discharged dead from acute pneumonia having fallen into the Dock at Crane Yard while climbing onboard on 22 July 1915

11 December 1916 Able Seaman Charles Douglas MMR discharged dead. He is remembered with pride on a screen wall B4507 at Greenwich Cemetery

23 December 1916 Signalman David Caldwell RNVR discharged dead. He is buried in Glasgow (Craigton) Cemetery

11 September 1917 Trimmer John Edward Major RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery in the Naval Section 25 Grave No; 1304

21 March 1919 returned to her owners; purchased by Normandy Shipping Co Ltd, London name unchanged

1922 purchased by Shamrock Shipping Co Ltd, London name unchanged

13 June 1922 arrived Seaham Harbour

1934 purchased by Soc Eleftheris Veliotis, Piraeus and renamed IONNA.

21 April 1941 bombed by German aircraft and sunk off Patras