Requisitioned Auxiliary – Hebridean






Official Number:                    84322

Builder:                                  Thomas B Sneath & Co., Rutherglen, Glasgow

Pennant No:                   

Launched:                             30 April 1881

Into Service:                           16 November 1914

Out of service:                        7 August 1915

Fate:                                        9 February 1918 after collision sank


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:


30 April 1881 launched by Thomas B Sneath & Co., Broomloan Yard, Rutherglen, Glasgow as Yard Nr: 208 named Hebridean for J McCallum & Co (Andrew Ross, Manager), Glasgow

1881 completed

10 August 1882 sailed Glasgow to St Kilda

18 August 1886 advertisments placed in the ‘The Scotsman’ newspaper gave details of a ‘Circular Tour’ each week sailing Mondays from Glasgow to Iona, Tiree, Coll, Oban, Barra, Uist and West of Skye ports. Cabin for the round trip costing 30/- with board included 60/-

12 November 1888 The Scotsman newspaper reported that on 10 November 1888 the ship had …..

Scotsman 12 11 1888

c1902 Manager now William Young – name unchanged

16 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a non-commissioned Miscellaneous Vessel – name unchanged – served as a Mail steamer until 7 August 1915

May 1917 purchased by Peter S Cooper (W Cooper & Son, Managers) Kirkwall and renamed Express

9 February 1918 in collision with the destroyer HMS GRENVILLE, broke in two and sank near Portland Skerries when on passage from Leith to Kirkwall carrying general cargo with the loss of eleven crew and two passengers