Requisitioned Auxiliary – Hartdale


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Official Number:                    128018

Builder:                                   Craig, Taylor & Co, Stockton

Pennant No:                  Y 3.274

Launched:                              12 January 1910

Into Service:                           6 August 1914

Out of service:                        13 March 1915

Fate:                                         Torpedoed and sunk 13 March 1915



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:


12 January 1910 launched by Craig, Taylor & Co, Stockton as Yard Nr: 138 named Benbrook for Jospeh Hoult & Co Ltd., Liverpool

February 1910 completed

1914 owners now Steam Transport Co Ltd., (Joseph Hoult & Co Ltd., Managers) Liverpool – name unchanged – purchased by Trechmann Steamship Co Ltd., (Trechmann Bros., Managers), West Hartlepool and renamed Hartdale

6 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 19 August 1914

27 August 1914 re-deployed as a collier until 8 January 1915

13 March 1915 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-27 (Bend Wegener) in the Irish Sea seven miles SE x E South Rock, Co Down in position 54.25N 05.08W while on passage from Glasgow to Alexandria with a cargo of coal with the loss of two lives