Requisitioned Auxiliary – Iddesleigh




Official Number:                       119947 

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd., Thornaby, Stockton

Launched:                               1904

Pennant Number                     Y3.448

Into Service:                            1914

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                        Sunk by a mine in 1943


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:


14 June 1904 launched by Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd., Thornaby, Stockton as Yard Nr: 557 named Iddesleigh for Iddesleigh Steamship Co Ltd., (W J Tatem Ltd., Manager), Cardiff

17 June 1904 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …


17 6 1904 Lloyds List Iddesleigh


July 1904 completed

23 August 1904 at Port Said

25 September 1904 passed Beachy Head when on passage from Novorossisk to Rotterdam

19 December 1904 passed Gibraltar

20 December 1905 arrived at Barry from Hamburg, Germany

1910 owners became Tatem Steam Navigation Co Ltd. (W J Tatem Ltd. Manager) Cardiff – name unchanged

16 October 1911 arrived at Bombay from Port Said

1 November 1911 sailed Bombay for Port Said

18 March 1912 passed the Signal Station on Gibraltar sailing west

6 April 1913 sailed from St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands to Marseilles, France

23 December 1913 passed the Signal Station on Gibraltar sailing west

1914 to 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier – name unchanged. Admiralty Collier 448

30 November 1914 spoke with HMS DUKE OF EDINBURGH

18 December 1914 arrived at Hindu Kush with HMS BLENEIM

19 April 1915 arrived at Norfolk, VA from Cardiff

13 June 1916 arrived at Norfolk, VA from London

27 August 1916 passed HMS KENT when in position 15°54’N, 24°57’W

1919a owners became Atlantic Shipping & Trading Co Ltd. (same Manager) Cardiff – name unchanged

1919b owners now Mediterranean Cargo steamer Ltd., Cardiff – name unchanged

1922 purchased by Lloyd Mediterraneo, Genoa and renamed Valnoce

1927 purchased by “Corrado” Soc Anon di Nav, Genoa and renamed Caterina Madre

25 February 1935 radioed Lands End Radio having lost her propellor requiring urgent salvage – gave her position as about 40 miles west Ile D’Yeu

13 September 1943 struck a mine and sank 10 miles 330 degrees from Sant’ Andrea Island near Gallipoli