Requisitioned Auxiliary – Hartside


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Official Number:                         125463

Builder:                                    Short Bros. Ltd., Pallion Yard, Sunderland

Pennant No:                             Y  3.235

Launched:                                3 June 1909

Into Service:                            13 August 1914

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                      Wrecked 8 August 1922



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:


3 June 1909 launched by Short Bros. Ltd., Pallion Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 352 named Hartside for Charlton Steam Shipping Co Ltd., (Charlton, McAllum & Co., Managers) Newcastle

7 September 1909 completed

6 August 1914 arrived at Weymouth from Rosario

13 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 17 August 1914

21 August 1914 re-deployed as a collier until 24 August 1914

23 April 1916 at River Forth (?) alongside the battleship HMS HIBERNIA supplying 490 tons of bunker coal

HMS Hibernia 1905



27 July 1916 at Scapa Flow alongside the armoured cruiser HMS DEVONSHIRE supplying 1,050 tons of bunker coal





25 August 1916 became a decoy ship and also operated as Dunsany, Fairfax and Trioa until 2 May 1918

3 March 1917 to 5 March 1917 at Scapa Flow together with the collier Milly alongside the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS KILDONAN CASTLE supplying 1,655 tons of bunker coal

3 May 1918 re-deployed as a collier

8 August 1922 wrecked in position 34°.00S 42°.32W while on passage from Rio de Janerio to Buenos Aires in ballast

11 August 1922 the Newcastle Daily Chronicle newspaper reported …


11 8 1922 Newcastle Daily Chronicle Hartside