Requisitioned Auxiliary – Gymeric

Gymeric 1917 


Official No:                              137851

Builder:                                   Hawthorne Leslie & Co Ltd., Hebburn

Launched:                               1917

Pennant No:                            Y.7.248

Into Service:                            15 January 1918

Out of service:                         WW1

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:

1917 launched by Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd., Hebburn as Yard Nr: 476 named Gymeric for Bank Line Ltd (A Weir & Co., Managers) London

August 1917 completed

16 August 1917 at 60N 14W sighted by HMS ALSATION (an armed merchant cruiser) gave the correct flag of the day and was allowed to proceed

15 January 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Oiler – name unchanged

18 April 1919 sailed London

1 May 1919 arrived at New York from London

29 June 1920 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

9 November 1921 at Herculaneum Dock, Liverpool fire broke out on board. There was serious damage sustained to the engine room and the ship had to be scuttled. The fire was extinguished

1938 purchased by Corrado S A di Nav, Genoa and renamed Cesco

14 February 1941 torpedoed and damaged by HMS/m ROVER about 17 nmiles SE of Capo Rizzuto at 38.45N 17.25E

15 August 1943 torpedoed and badly damaged by HMS/m UNRULY 3 nmiles E of Brindisi

1950 broken up in Italy