Requisitioned Auxiliary – Harden

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Official No:                  132719

Builder:                      Wm Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool

Launched:                     17 April 1912

Into Service:                 3 August 1914

Out of service:               8 March 1919

Fate:                              Sank off Grimsby


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 April 1912 launched by Wm Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 810 named HARDEN  for Harrison, Tidswell & Co, London

May 1912 completed

24 February 1913 at Poplar Hospital, London Able Seaman Andrew Duncan discharged dead from heart failure

1914 owners became Harrison’s (London) Ltd, London – name unchanged

3 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Mine Carrier – name unchanged

7 August 1914 commissioned at HMS Harden with Lieutenant Thomas Armstrong RNR in command and Engineer J Brady RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 March 1915 and 27 March 1915 at Scapa Flow moored alongside HMS ORVIETO

13 May 1915 to 15 May 1915 at Scapa Flow moored alongside HMS ORVIETO

21 August 1918 on passage from Gibraltar to Malta

18 September 1918 arrived at Syra

19 September 1918 sailed from Syra

22 February 1919 Seaman Henry Newman RNR discharged dead. He is buried in the North West part of Kinsale (St. Multrose) Church of Ireland Churchyard, County Cork


Newman H

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8 March 1919 returned to her owners

19 December 1919 while in heavy weather hit a submerged object while on passage from Methil to Dunkirk with a cargo of coal and sank off Grimsby. No lives were lost – the entire crew were landed at Grimsby